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Thursday, June 23, 2011
LISTENING POST: LIVE
Red Dot Relief
By MARK JARNES
Special to The Japan Times
A party taking place in Tokyo this weekend aims to support the disaster-stricken northeast of Japan through a night of club music ranging from organic and jazzy house to solid techno.
The Red Dot Relief Tokyo charity party is being organized by Parties 4 Peace, which was created by Emilie McGlone, the international coordinator for Japanese NGO Peace Boat. The event will take place June 25 at club Favela in Tokyo's Minami Aoyama district.
"Through the event we hope to raise awareness about the current situation in (the tsunami-hit city of) Ishinomaki," explains McGlone. "Our aim is to help relieve some of their suffering and make a positive difference in the region."
The main guest DJ of the night will be Pedro Campos, a rising star from Chile who is known for destroying dancefloors with his eclectic sets combining all forms of house and techno. He will be supported by an impressive lineup of local DJs, including Matsunami, Ryo Tsutsui and Jay Zimmerman — all playing for free.
Red Dot Relief itself is made up of a host of dance-music artists, clubs and event organizers led by Seth Troxler (one of the headliners at the recent Big Beach Festival in Kanagawa Prefecture) together with DJ/producer Jay Haze, with the support of their record labels Crosstown Rebels and Tuning Spork. The coalition channel their proceeds through Peace Boat, who then distribute it to residents of Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture. Events under the Red Dot Relief banner have already been held in London and other cities in Europe, however this will be the first time one of their events takes place in Japan.