Emmis just announced that WQHT (Hot 97)/New York will be expanding its ubiquitous Summer Jam brand internationally, bringing the huge annual Hip Hop festival to Tokyo, Japan in July! Hot 97 signed a multi-year license agreement with Japan-based Avex Live Creative (ALC), Asia’s premier live entertainment and production company. Patrick Walsh, President of Emmis Communications, said, “Hot 97 Summer Jam Tokyo reinforces the global awareness and significance of the Hot 97 brand and the groundbreaking DJs who play such an important role in breaking and cultivating Hip Hop’s top past, present and, without question, future performers. Hot 97 has a Summer Jam1passionate following in Japan and Hip Hop is experiencing enormous growth in popularity among Japanese millennials. We look forward to working with our partners to deliver an authentic Hot 97 Summer Jam experience to the growing legion of Japanese Hip Hop fans and share the experience with our American listeners as we promote the groundbreaking event to our audience in New York and all over the United States. Our goal is to add another significant event to a country so rich in history and culture.”

Summer Jam Tokyo will take place Friday, July 29, 2016 at Zepp Tokyo. The line-up, which will not only include some of the hottest names in Hip Hop known throughout the world, but also the biggest Hip Hop acts in Japan, will be announced at a later date. For more details, visit hot97summerjamtokyo.jp.