BUCK-TICK FEST 2012 ON PARADE

Live Report

by Diana Tome, Kate Havas, Yuliya Libkina, posted January 23, 2013

An estimated 14,000 fans took over Chiba’s Port Park for BUCK-TICK FEST 2012 ON PARADE on September 22 and 23. Featuring a dozen artists and with circusey tents erected adding to the festive atmosphere, the event was a celebration of BUCK-TICK’s 25 years in the spotlight and featured as many visual kei bands invited to perform by the host-band as straight-rock acts.

Diana Tome saw her life change when she came across X-Japan's Blue Blood. A big supporter of old school visual rock, she believes visual kei is a lifestyle and philosophy that goes beyond the clothing and the music. With a background in headhunting and psychotherapy, Diana completed her M.A. in Psychology from I.S.P.A. in Lisbon, Portugal. She now lives and works in Japan committed to keeping the VK/V-rock flame alive.

Kate Havas first became interested in Japanese fashion and culture in college when manga, anime, and visual kei were just beginning to make their way to America. An art and English major with a love of clothes, Kate signed onto ROKKYUU in order cover fashion and report on Tokyo trends, but was quickly also recruited to the music side of things and has been having an adventure expanding her knowledge of all things VK since. Follow her on twitter at keito_kate!

@YuliyaPhoTop (Twitter) Yuliya is originally a fashion and portrait photographer with a BA from the London College of Fashion. Being a Japanophile with a passion for the Japanese rock scene and especially for old school visual kei, she moved to Japan where she found a chance to combine photography and music with ROKKYUU's help. Now she is based in Tokyo, where she keeps on rocking and shooting, enjoying every bit of it.

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