Live Scene

Live Venues

For many indie musicians in Japan, playing live is like a hobby that they do aside from a regular job. They often play at live clubs, called "live houses," jazz clubs, cafes and outdoor event spaces.

"Live houses" are basically music halls or rock clubs, which for the most part, have proficient sound & lighting staff and full backline equipment that is well maintained.
Jazz clubs commonly serve food & drinks in addition to live performances. Backline equipment is commonly provided at no charge, but all musicians are expected to pay for their own food and drinks.

Post COVID -19

Most live clubs now have performances at reduced business hours with audiences at limited capacities as well as performances with no audience that are only done as a live stream. These performances are commonly set up with artists at the same levels performing together. Generally, bands either play by themselves ("one man live" in Japanese) or about 4 to 7 acts, maybe more, play for 30 min. each.

Jazz clubs and restaurants are also operating at reduced business hours with reduced capacity. However, performances usually have just 1 act on per night playing two 30 - 45 min. sets.