Belsonic 2010 - The Japanese Popstars
What happened: There's still a fair amount of daylight in a rammed Custom House Square at 8pm as local legends Japanese Popstars kick off their set with new track, 'Destroy'. It's a minimal start to a progressive performance - no fancy visuals, or on stage production, just a small rectangular LED screen propped on top of the turntables brandishing 'The Japanese Popstars' name, and a collection of high octane tracks . Amongst those was Green Velvet's 'Let go' and 'Rise of the Ulysses'.
The energy and atmosphere onstage amongst the crowd is immense, with hands in the air and stray bog roll flying through the sky. Onstage, the keyboard player busts some serious dance moves, and at one point threatens to smash his Roland following the aftermath of 'Rise of the Ulysses.' Crowd appreciation is at a high, as the 'Japstars' exchange wry smiles following the build up of a breakdown. Blistering through the stacked speakers lining each side of the stage, the live performance was deafening but incredibly pleasurable.
Far Out From The Far East: Seeing Manchester United's Jonny Evans walk past during the 'Japstars' performance.
Not Far Out Enough:The repetitive terrace chanting from the crowd.
Belsonic rating: 8/10