Music Lane Festival Okinawa 2021 to feature syd hartha, She’s Only Sixteen, KRNA

Syd Hartha

Syd Hartha

Music Lane Festival Okinawa 2021 will take place in Japan at select venues in the cities of Okinawa and Naha from January 16-17, 2021. The foreign lineup and its international conference program, the annual Trans Asia Music Meeting (TAMM), will stream online for free.

Three acts are representing the Philippines in the TAMM Selection Artists showcase. Marking their Japanese debut, Manila-based alternative-folk singer-songwriter syd hartha, alternative/indie rock band She’s Only Sixteen and Cagayan De Oro dream pop outfit KRNA.

“The Japanese market is one of the most sought-after in Asia and having this platform, this opportunity to have our artists who are primed for a breakthrough is momentous. It allows them to put one foot on the door, so to speak,” The Rest Is Noise (TRIN) co-founder and creative director MC Galang shared. “We are very grateful to collaborate again with our friends and colleagues in Naha in this capacity.”

TRIN is a music events producer-slash-online publication. It is the Music Lane Festival Okinawa 2021’s partner in the Philippines.


More than 33 Asian music acts will showcase at the festival weekend with local artists performing in front of live audiences at Sakurazaka Theater, Sakurazaka Central and other venues in Naha. Aside from Music Town Oto-Ichiba, 7th Heaven Koza and Remy’s, more venues in Okinawa City will be announced.

All of the venues will implement strict prevention measures against the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The festival will stream pre-recorded live sets from international artists curated by its partner music organizations from seven countries.

Headlining the Japanese lineup is the alternative rock legend Shonen Knife. Other veteran acts are joining such as rock trio Sunny Day Service, jazz band element of the moment, punk rock act eastern youth, Miyuki Hatakeyama of Double Famous, male-and-female duo Port of Notes, funk and D&B trio THE BASSONS and fast-rising shoegaze-dream pop act Seventeen Years Old and Berlin Wall along with selected acts from the open call abukutatta, SOLVALS, Naomitsu Shinohara, ecole and viridian.

A tropical, jazz-oriented city, Okinawa will be represented by Keizou Mikata, TOSH, caino, Home Party People, Funnynoise, AKKANBABYS, Hanako Kimura, Takako Tate, THE SAKASHIMA meeting, KACHIMBA 4, HARAHELLS and ALKDO-Turtle Island Acoustic. More Japanese artists are set to be announced soon.

Through the newly formed Music Lane Festival Okinawa, the TAMM organizers are steadfastly committed to bridging Okinawa and other Asian cities and creating a sustainable music network. The 2021 edition will feature an musically and culturally diverse lineup comprised mostly of indie up-and-comers.

From Thailand, YONLAPA, H3F and My Life As Ali Thomas are curated by Bangkok Music City showcase festival and Warner Music Thailand). From Malaysia, Skits, The Golden Mammoth, Jemson, Court 10, FAZZ, Capt Trips n The Kid, and The Filters are curated by CITY ROARS music festival.

From Indonesia, Tanayu, Prince Hussein, Pretty Rico, Bedchamber, Jeslla and Iris Bev are curated by Fungjai Indonesia in partnership with featured artist lightcraft. Singapore’s Shye, Woes, YAØ, HubbaBubbas, Shak’thiya and Shirly Temple are curated by music website Bandwagon Asia, South Korea’s Cotoba, No.1 Korean and The Sound are curated by music showcase and conference festival Zandari Festa and Mongolia’s Mohanik, The Colors, Nisvanis, and Magnolian from Mongolia are curated by Playtime Festival.

Music Lane from Okinawa and TAMM are organized and produced by Music from Okinawa, Music Town Oto-Ichiba and Sakurazaka Theater. Japan-based music fans who wish to attend the live shows can purchase tickets from their website

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