Shotaro Tsuda


Monday 24th June 2019

Shotaro Tsuda

What do you do?
Chief editor of the 'Festival Life' website / Author of 'The World Festival Guide' / Festival journalist.

Where are you from?
Hyogo, Japan.

What’s the best gig you’ve ever been to?
The one that I really got moved the most was the Rolling Stones at the Glastonbury Festival 2013. It even led me to quit the company I was working for and moved to the UK. I bought all of the Glastonbury exclusive Rolling Stones T-shirts at the venue.

Which sub-cultures have influenced you?
Music festival. Back in school days I used to collect recordings and clips of the big fests like the Glastonbury Festival, the Reading Festival and the Isle of Wight Festival. My life work involves going to all sorts of festivals around the world.

Of all the venues you’ve played, which is your favourite?
The one that got me impressed was the Hammersmith Apollo. Well known for the venue for David Bowie’s last performance as the Ziggy Stardust. There’s a release of the YMO’s live recording. I also like The Cafe Oto in East London.

If you could be on the line up with any bands in history?
The Who, when all the members were together. I just want to sit beside when they record 'Tommy'.

If you could spend an hour with anyone from history?
I would go to a festival with David Bowie.

Your greatest unsung hero or heroine in music?
Will and The People. I met them while they were performing on the street at the Great Escape which takes place in Brighton. It was the best act of the year of that festival.

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