The Verve playing Summer Sonic festival in Tokyo, Japan. The Wigan band's uplifting return single 'Love Is Noise' is released on physical formats in the UK today (August 11, 2008).
The Ting Tings play Japan's Summer Sonic festival near Tokyo, fresh off the back of their UK chart-topping success with track 'That's Not My Name'.
The Fratellis play Summer Sonic festival 2008. For videos, photos and more from the dazzling live event (including writer Alex Hoban's bizarre acupuncture experience with The Wombats), head to NME.COM/Blogs.
Death Cab For Cutie power through their set in Japan. The band's unusual name comes from the title of a song performed by the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band in The Beatles' 1967 film Magical Mystery Tour.
Coldplay at Summer Sonic. Against a backdrop depicting the French Romantic painting by EugÃ¨ne Delacroix, 'Liberty Leading The People' - used as the band's album artwork for recent release 'Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends' - the band performed in costumes aping the style of French revolutionaries, as they have done for other dates on their current tour.
The incredible firework finale at Summer Sonic Festival in Tokyo (August 2008). Earlier in the evening Coldplay played a rousing set, with Chris Martin leaping off stage to run through the crowd on more than one occasion.
Go!Go!7188 are one of Japan's most popular alternative acts, an indie three-piece influenced by surf-rock and traditional Japanese music. Fronted by femme fatales Yuu and Akko, they're completed by drummer Turkey. They headlined a rammed gig on the Island stage, proving worthy competition against Paul Weller and The Prodigy.
MGMT play Summer Sonic festival. The band have soared to success in 2008 off the back of their debut album and the hugely-acclaimed single 'Time To Pretend'.
The Verve's Richard Ashcroft playing Tokyo's Summer Sonic festival this weekend (August 10, 2008). The festival is the largest in Japan, has a twin event over the same weekend in Osaka and this year saw The Prodigy, Coldplay and Sex Pistols headline.
Coldplay take Summer Sonic festival 2008 by storm. The band gave Tokyo a reason to dance, playing a thumping remix of Talk, and an enhanced version of 'God Put A Smile Upon Your Face' that sounded like the Doctor Who theme tune, according to one NME reviewer. Read the full report at NME.COM/artists/Coldplay.
MGMT at Summer Sonic Festival. Read NME.COM's blog from the festival and watch video clips of the bands at NME.COM/Blogs.
Alicia Keys, who joined Coldplay at Summer Sonic to guest on the track 'Clocks'. Chris Martin introduced her on stage as "the most beautiful woman in the worldâ