Sharon Osbourne, in partnership with Japanese promoter Hayashi International Promotion (H.I.P.), recently announced the first-ever Ozzfest Japan. The two-day festival will debut Saturday, May 11th and Sunday, May 12th, 2013 at the Makuhari Messe Arena, just outside of Tokyo, and will feature headlining performances from BLACK SABBATH - featuring Ozzy Osbourne, Geezer Butler and Tony Iommi - and SLIPKNOT. Other confirmed acts include: TOOL, DEFTONES, SLASH and STONE SOUR. The official Ozzfest Japan promotional poster can be seen below:
"We are excited for the opportunity to bring Ozzfest to Japan for the first time ever,” says Sharon Osbourne. “We’ve got the perfect combination of Western and Japanese bands. Ozzfest is also thrilled to be presenting Black Sabbath’s first-ever performance in Japan.”
Despite Japan reigning as the second largest music market in the world, Ozzfest Japan 2013 will represent the first major international music festival to ever travel to the country.
"We are thrilled to open a new chapter for this legendary festival in Japan,” H.I.P. President Massy Hayashi says of the significance of bringing Ozzfest to Japan. “I think it will be the perfect chance to bring together the very best international rock music and also give us a chance to show how far Japanese rock has come in recent years.”
Check out a message about the fest from Ozzy, below:
For more details visit Ozzfestjapan.com.