Carl Barât to headline Shepherd's Bush Empire Tokyo Rocks gig

Ex-Libertine will appear alongside Japanese artist Illion at March 17 gig

Carl Barât to headline Shepherd's Bush Empire Tokyo Rocks gig

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Carl Barat will headline a Tokyo Rocks gig at Shepherd's Bush Empire tonight (March 17).

The ex-Libertine tops the bill at the event, put on in a collaboration between new festival Tokyo Rocks and UK club night This Feeling. Japanese multi-million selling artist Yojiro Noda will also appear with his new solo project Illion. Noda is a member of Radwimps, one of Japan's most popular homegrown bands. The gig marks his first performance in the UK, and has previously been described by NME as "Japan’s answer to Thom Yorke".

Noel Gallagher favourites The Rifles will also be performing, as will east London's Dexters, rising duo Coves and a handful of This Feeling DJs. Tickets are now on sale for £10 on This Feeling's website, as well as a limited amount on the door, priced at £15.

This Feeing will also be taking seven acts to Tokyo for the festival, which takes place between in the 60k capacity Ajinomoto Stadium on May 11-12. Curated by Alan McGee, Tokyo Rocks has already confirmed Blur and My Bloody Valentine will headline the festival with Primal Scream performing live.

Speaking about This Feeling, Alan McGee said: "This Feeling is the best club in the UK for rock'n'roll music. They are doing a great job of highlighting and supporting new bands. They believe in UK guitar music and are doing all they can to get it out there."

Takashi Yano, Tokyo Rocks producer, added: "I believe This Feeling will bring a special stage to Tokyo Rocks and introduce the best in UK new guitar music to the Japanese crowd. We are very pleased to have this special collaboration."

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