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Beast Feast Was Successful

TOKYO - Promoters of Beast Feast 2001, Asia’s first arena-sized heavy metal festival, are pleased with the results of last month’s show, held August 25 and 26 at the Yokohama Arena in Yokohama, Japan, and plan to make the festival into an annual tradition.

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"We had been working on shows in this genre for the past few years, and from that experience, we thought we would be the only ones to stand up and make this kind of fest happen in Japan," said Nobu Maruyama of Club Citta, promoter of Beast Feast. "We all know that pioneer actions are the most difficult in step, and some result in a failure, however, we believe Beast Feast 2001 has turned out an apparent great success."

Beast Feast 2001 was the first show of its kind in Japan, featuring performances by Pantera, Slayer, MachineHead, Sepultura, Static-X, One Minute Silence, Biohazard, V.O.D., Morbid Angel, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Kittie, Raging Speedhorn, Soilent Green, Candiria, Skinless, Shadows Fall, United, Yellow Machinegun, Caliban, Cocobat, Suck Down, Suns Owl, Pulling Teeth, Deviate, Bat Cave, Diablo, Minor League, Uzumaki, Up Hold, and Jigokuguruma. The show drew 10,000 fans daily.

"It had been said that this kind of festival in Japan, biased to one particular musical genre, without a doubt would turn out to be a failure," said Shigeru 'Geess' Kosugi, President of Howling Bull Entertainment and Beast Feast Producer. "Frankly, who else would have believed this fest would turn out a success? The excitement that we felt from the kids, the bands, all the parties involved, and the media proved them wrong. Japan is a pop music dominated country, and I have been trying to expose this type of aggressive music all these years through numerous approaches. Beast Feast 2001 is definitely our comprehensive work, and by taking this success as a step forward, we hope to continue supporting the extreme music scene worldwide for more exposure in Japan."

With the success of Beast Feast 2001, Kosugi and Maruyama are confident that Beast Feast 2002 will surpass this year’s show. "We are very happy that a heavy music fest was able to take place for the first time in Japanese history," said Maruyama. "We are hoping to expand our vision out to the world, and continue this event at an annual basis, as we hope to take this event to a global magnitude. We look forward to hearing from more bands for Beast Feast 2002."

Source: Digital Metal

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