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TAICOCLUB ’13

夏フェスが好きになったきっかけともいえるフェス・タイコクラブ。毎年6月の初めに長野県のこだまの森で開催される。梅雨入りする少し前だから、気候がちょうどいい。山の奥なので、夜はそれなりに冷え込むけど、日中日が出ていれば半袖でも大丈夫なぐらい暖かい。
まだ知名度が低いフェスだから、タイコクラブって誰かに言うと、太鼓を使った伝統的な祭りか何かだと勘違いされる。なぜタイコクラブなのか理由はよくわからない。

僕もDavidも音楽が好きだから、このフェスに彼を連れて行くのが楽しみだった。彼にとって、これが初めての音楽フェスだった。その日中に帰って来れるような気軽なイベントではないのと、キャンプが苦手な彼にとって、楽しめるかどうか少し不安だったけど、楽しめる確信が不思議とあった。それは、やっぱりこのタイコクラブの楽しさを知っていたからだと思う。
小さい頃、家族でよくキャンプをしたので、僕の家にはキャンプ道具がいっぱいある。テントも大・中・小と3つ。バックパックもいっぱい。でも、山に登りに行くわけではないし、テントをはってしまえば、移動もほぼないから、キャリーケースの方が便利で楽。
カラフルなテントに、それに合わせたようなカラフルなアウトドアスタイルのファッションで音楽フェスを楽しむ人たちは世界でも日本だけだと思う。
会場はともてコンパクトで、2つしかステージがない。それぞれ簡単に歩いて行ける範囲にあって、一つが駐車場にステージが作られており、エレクトロミュージック系の音楽がメインになっている、もう一つは少し上に登ると森の中にステージがある。木々で囲まれていて、自然と一緒に音楽を楽しめる。
昼の12時過ぎぐらいから、ゆっくりと始まり、日が暮れるにつれ盛り上がってくる。音楽以外にも屋台がいっぱいあり、会場に着くなり、物販コーナーへ走り出演者のTシャツやCDを買いあさる人たちもいる。その他にも手作りの雑貨などが売られている。
国内外問わず、様々なアーティストがくるので、もちろんアーティスト目当てに来る人がほとんどだけど、何人かのグループで来て、BBQとおしゃべりを楽しむ人たちもいる。BBQとおしゃべりだけだったら、それだけをしに他へ行った方が安く済むのではないかなと思うけど、きっとこの人が集まる雰囲気と風にのって音楽が聞こえてくる感じを楽しんでいるのかもしれない。ちなみにBBQは禁止だったはず。

今回のタイコクラブは残念ながらすごく見たいっていうアーティストはいなかったけど、それでも楽しかった。一昨年はアイスランドからmum、去年はAnimal Collectiveともう見たくて見たくてしょうがないアーティストが来てくれて、興奮したのを覚えている。
タイコクラブを通して、知ることができるアーティストが多いのもフェスの楽しみ。今回は、JETSとClarkが良かった。Clarkは、VJも奇麗で、聞いていて気持ちがよかった。ライブと違って、ずっとその場所にいる必要性はないし、好きな時に好きなアーティストの音楽を聞き、疲れたらテントで休憩をとればいい。この自由な感じがたまらなく好き。

少し残念なのが、年々来場者も増え人気が出てきている。人が増えてくると、限られた場所にテントをはるスペースがなくなってくる。初めてタイコクラブに行った時は、まだ芝生ちゃんと見えるぐらい余裕があったが、今では隣のテントと重なり合うぐらいきつきつになってきている。フェスに行ったことがない人も、ラインナップがほとんど知らないアーティストだらけでも、必ず楽しめるフェスなので、おすすめ。
キャンプが苦手なDavidでも楽しめたので、キャンプフェスが苦手な人も楽しめますよ。

I once laughed at my Japanese boyfriend for being terrified of spiders. I must’ve forgotten about that time I went camping with my cousin and two Swedish friends in a safari park. I’ve tried many times to erase the memory of those man-eating hyenas laughing in the distance before we went to sleep. Not to forget, trying to console Cecilia – a six-feet-tall Swedish woman with viking blood, who traumatised us all by convincing herself that she could hear rhino’s stomping their hooves close to our campsite.

If you ever plan to go camping in the South African bush, you should also familiarise yourself with our native baboon spiders. Once you’ve done the research, you will have no desire to go camping. Ever.

When Koichi’s family sent his tent to our apartment from Tokyo, and when I saw him ordering cute little designer sleeping bags from the internet, I was paralysed with fear. But he reassured me that camping at a music festival was one of his best experiences, and if I didn’t want to sleep in the tent, I could dance all night at the 24 hour DJ stage. So I agreed.

Taicoclub is an annual dance music festival held in Nagano prefecture. We caught the special Taicoclub bus (which we reserved when we bought out tickets), and it transported us festival-goers from Kyoto to the remote area where the event was being held. I must admit, the atmosphere when we arrived at the mountainside campsite was incredibly charming. People were setting up their tents everywhere and adorning them with strings of colourful lights and other decorations. The air was fresh and the scenery striking. This kind of camping was amazing!!

I helped my experienced-camper-boyfriend set up the tent – although he didn’t need much help because he knew exactly what he was doing. Setting up a tent was just one of the many things he learnt from all the camping trips his family would go on when he was growing up. There’s one picture that hangs in our apartment of him aged 4 or 5. He’s hanging out at the family campsite in a pair of little blue rain boots looking so frikkin cute. Not much has changed.

Later, Koichi and I set off to have lunch at one of the many food stands available. We also took a walk through the flea market which had some great handmade items for sale. The first DJs started performing from around lunchtime and the entire event would continue until the same time the next day. What I really loved about Taicoclub was the size – it’s really small compared to other music events in Japan such as Summer Sonic and Fuji Rock. At Taicoclub, there are only two stages. Each of them were a 10 minute walk apart and separated by a small tree-covered hill. From the lineup of bands and DJs, we got to see performances by Clammbon, JETS, Prefuse 73, Clark, and Of Montreal. My highlights were definitely Of Montreal and Warp Records wunderkind Chris Clark who reminded me just how much I adore his electronic beats. It’s been a few years since I listened to him. I may have overdosed on his music when I was an art student living in a tiny town in the north of Sweden. Most days it was me, Chris, the snow, grey skies, and my own thoughts. It all got a bit intense.

Back at Taicoclub, it reached 2 a.m. and I noticed many Japanese people brushing their teeth before going back to their tents to sleep. What an adorable sight, I thought. I also thought I would not be charmed by their bed time routine because that simply meant – camping – which meant spidersthesizeofyourface and angry rhino’s. So, off we went to dance. The temperature dropped quite drastically, but we kept dancing and dancing. We danced and danced through to the break of dawn. I don’t remember much after that. But what I do remember was waking up inside our little green tent and I was alright. We were alright.

Sleeping bag

Trip information

Comments

  • nothing sexier than a man who knows how to properly camp. Thats so cute! I want to go to a place like this!! But I think dancing all night in the frigid cold would definitely do me over the next morning. hahah
    are there really spiders that big there?! aaaah I can only imagine!
    That wooden skull coaster is brilliant by the way. :-)

    • Aron: hehehe, right!??? We should go to Taicoclub together! The more people the better = safety in numbers!!! 😉

  • You guys are so adorable! It seems to be a fun camp, I myself never been to camp before, but if there is any baboon spider (and yes i googled it), i don’t think i will in the near future :-s

    • Sun.: hahahaha, oh no!!! Yesterday a friend told me she woke up in her house in Kyoto and there was a huntsman spider on her back!!!!!!! I’m not safe in Japan!!!!!!

  • That campingtrip on the savannha is one of the best memories in my life. I was never afraid of the baboonspiders, and to hear the hyenas in the night was MAGIC! I especially remember sitting by the campfire in the dark night and seeing all the giant bugs and critters flying by, just catching the light of the campfire and then disappearing in the darkness again. I caught a giant beetle, and a moth the size of a small bird. Give my love to cousin Michelle if you talk to her!

    • Kalle! I often think about that camping trip. And waking up at 3am wet from the rain because we forgot to close the tent window-flap. hahaha.

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