What better way to spend your Labor Day Weekend than listening to your favorite artist in a massive crowd thriving with off the charts energy? That is exactly what Bumbershoot delivered. Bumbershoot is a dedicated music festival that, once again, did not disappoint in delivering an incomparable experience.
Located in the heart of downtown Seattle, Bumbershoot was ‘one for the books’. The location was prime as it held both locals and patrons worldwide that have an itch for live music. Guests were able to ‘take in’ the scenery and get a feel for why everyone falls in love with Seattle.
Festival goers were pleased with all that Bumbershoot has to offer. This festival is definitely different from other music festivals alike, as it has managed to incorporate many different forms of arts. In addition to the music attendees were able to view the ‘1 Reel Film Festival’ which is a celebration of cinematic brevity by screening over 100 of the world’s best short films. Attendees can also take part in the literary arts program by exploring ‘Words & Ideas’ program which features conversations, performances, panel discussions, and readings exploring the points where pop culture, new media, and trends collide.
The festival kicked off with a heated performance by Kendrick Lamar and !!!. Kendrick Lamar proved that he was more than just a ‘rapper’. Influenced by some of the greatest in history this performance was one that will be remembered. Highlights from day two were Tegan and Sara, which proved they are a force to be reckoned with as they delivered a performance that was not ‘oh so typical’. The Canadian twin sisters made the crowd ‘swoon’ as they sang their dry humor love ballads. Matt & Kim also gave an electrifying performance. The energy from this duo is impeccable as they always get the crowd involved and jumping around. Fun has lived up to its name since its origination in 2009. A personal favorite, Fun, of course sang their oldies as well as some new favorites. Allen Stone closed out the final day of the festival. Described as a ‘pitch-perfect powerhouse’ Allen Stone delivered an ‘on your feet’ performance. The ‘hippie with soul’ took the crowd by storm with his energy and undeniable talent which encouraged all in attendance. Many were left in awe, and was the perfect way to transition into what was in store for the remainder of the festival.
Music and DJ sets included: Katie Kate, Death Cab for Cutie, Heart, Bassnectar, MGMT, Tegan and Sara, Fun, Kendrick Lamar, Alt-J, Crystal Castles, Matt and Kim, The Joy Formidable, Gary Numan, The Breeders, Jason Bonham’s LeD Zeppelin Experience, Maceo Parker, !!!, Trampled By Turtles, Ra Ra Riot, Beats Antique, Deerhunter, Joey Bada$$, Washed Out, Charle and his Extraordinaires, Stay Down, Robert Glaber Experiment, Justin Townes Earle, Vintage Trouble, The Zombies, Vicci Martinez, Beat Connection, Eric Burdon & The Animals, Bob Mould, Kinky, David Bazan, Baroness, Watsky, Delta Rae, ZZ Ward, Superchunk, The Duke Robillard Band, Red Baraat, Mates of State, Sol, Lissie, Diamond Rings, Redd Kross, The Men, The Physics, Ivan & Alyosha, The Sheepdogs, Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside, The Mowgli’s, Fidlar, The Lone Bellow, GTA, The Maldives, Kopecky Family Band, Lake street Dive, Kris Orlowski, Cookie Monsta, Aurelio & Garifuna Soul, Tamaryn, Nikki Hill, Nacho Picasso, Ramona Falls, Matt Pond, Dannic, Bellamaine, Ernie Watts with New Stories, St. Paul De Vence, Grynch, Broncho, Gus + Scout, Ayron Jones and The Way, The Grizzled Mighty, DJ White Shadow, Kithkin, The Round 100, Hyperfunk, Davidson Hart Kingsbery, total Experience Gospel Choir, DJ Girl 6, Hot Bodies in Motion, Red Jacket Mine, The Comettes, The Flavr Blue, Sean Majors, Cascadia’10, Dave B, Midday Veil, Human Spirit, Matt Jorgensen + 451, Down North, DJ Tyler Brown, Supreme LA Rock,Guy, Rise Over Run, and DJ Phase.
Sponsors for the festival this year included: seattle center, Toyota, tunein, bud light, starbucks, windows phone, publicts seattle, mrs.meyer’s clean day, honest tea, bear naked, sonicbids, pan pacific hotel, hotel deca spring creek, McDonald’s, Visit Seattle, Talenti, QBSI-Xerox, condo Internet.Net, and EMP Museum
At Bumbershoot you can expect to see art, listen to amazing bands, make new friends while running into your old ones, have a dance off, eat spectacular food, and crush on some of the artists. Whatever your fancy may be-Bumbershoot was definitely the place to be.