Now in it’s 45th year, Seattle’s Bumbershoot festival is set to make it’s annual appearance under the needle in the Seattle center. For those that don’t know, Bumbershoot has long been a festival of the arts— showcasing everything from performance and visual arts and music. In recent times, the festival’s emphasis has shifted to focus more on music however there are venues within the festival that cater specifically to non-musical acts. This year, Bumbershoot will include five music dedicated stages along with a handful of smaller stages that will feature everything from stand-up comedy to a silent disco.
As with any self respecting festival in the Northwest, Bumbershoot has always made an effort to include music acts both big and small. But in an area of the country where the music lineage runs deep, it’s safe to say that even the smaller acts know how to draw a crowd.
On An On
Playing Saturday at 3:00pm #NeverTamed Stage
On tour promoting their latest album, And The Wave Has Two Sides this three piece band is filled with dancey synth and bass beats that don’t quit. These guys are a perfect band to kick of the weekend.
Playing Saturday at 9:15 Memorial Stadium
Fresh off of MTV’s VMA stage, pop singer, The Weeknd is set to perform at Seattle Center’s Memorial Stadium. With many comparisons to Michael Jackson, The Weeknd is sure to have the crowd moving.
Playing Sunday at 5:45 Rhapsody Stage
Led by Peter Michel (former drummer for Craft Spells) Hibou delivers a dreamy blend of surf rock and shoegaze. For those wanting to get a taste of one of Seattle’s up and coming bands, Hibou is one set not to miss.
Minus the Bear
Playing Monday at 7:00 Starbucks Stage
Minus the Bear has long since been a Seattle favorite—never has math-rock been so cool. Make sure to check them out and get yourself some intelligent parting.
Playing Monday at 7:00 Memorial Stadium
From blues to pop, Hozier’s soulful style has got it all. Known for his ballads such as “Take Me to Church”, Hozier will be a beautiful performance to help close out the weekend.