Bumbershoot: Seattle’s Arts & Music Festival has revealed the 2023 music lineup featuring luminaries from around the globe, Pacific Northwest heroes and the best of emerging music. The 50th annual installment of Bumbershoot will take place September 2-3 at the iconic Seattle Center campus, boasting a previously announced eclectic arts program and now an equally varied musical lineup that includes indie rock, punk, soul, folk, dance and more. In addition, festival producers New Rising Sun, alongside partner/non-profit arts and education organization Third Stone, have launched the tuition-free Bumbershoot Workforce Development Program, designed to create a pipeline to support the next generation of music industry professionals and lay the groundwork for a more equitable and inclusive music scene.
Returning to the Bumbershoot stage this year are some of the region’s finest artists, including Olympia’s indie/punk trailblazers Sleater-Kinney, Seattle’s very own emo pioneers Sunny Day Real Estate and the Grammy-nominated Band of Horses. Other nationally recognized acts include Grammy-winner Brittany Howard, hardcore-punk hitmakers AFI, alt-rockers The Revivalists, post-punk innovators Jawbreaker, jazz phenoms DOMi & JD BECK, superstar electronic artist Zhu, Libera Award-nominated soul artist Durand Jones, and world-renowned U.K. DJ and producer, Fatboy Slim. This will be Fatboy Slim’s first Seattle show in nearly 25 years. Additionally, Bumbershoot continues to spotlight Pacific Northwest-based artists on the local and national level such as electronic artist Chong the Nomad, ‘70s inspired female-rock quartet Thunderpussy, brother & sister duo The Black Tones, rock artist Reignwolf, plus Morgan and the Organ Donors featuring Tobi Vail of Bikini Kill, University of Washington Jazz/pop exports The Dip and more to be announced in the coming weeks.
The festival footprint will boast multiple music stages where fans can catch their favorite bands and experience the incredible arts programming. Bumbershoot will utilize spaces throughout the Seattle Center complex including Fisher Pavilion for Out of Sight, The Art Not Terminal for the Bumbershoot 50th Anniversary Retrospective and so much more. As part of Bumbershoot’s Workforce Development Program, Climate Pledge Arena will host students on a production tour of the arena giving future production and tour managers a live look at one of the busiest music venues in the world. Further details to be announced at a later date.
To usher in this new era, Third Stone, the non profit arm of Bumbershoot, is proudly delivering on its promise to bring opportunity and remove barriers of entry into the live music business for marginalized communities of the Pacific Northwest. Third Stone has successfully launched their Workforce Development Program which will offer young adults aged 17-25 the opportunity to learn critical business skills within the festival and live music setting. In partnership with The UC Theatre’s Concert Career Pathways (CCP) program, this six-month tuition-free, hands-on education experience and paid internship begins in April 2023 and will culminate in the opportunity to work on the grounds at the festival.
Says Third Stone’s Executive Director, James Miles, “We are thrilled to partner with The UC Theatre’s Concert Career Pathways to guide our workforce development program. Together, we will expand the pipeline and close the gap that addresses the barriers of entry into a career in the live music industry here in Seattle.” Miles continues, “When you buy a ticket to Bumbershoot, or make a donation to Third Stone, you are supporting more than just the music and arts festival on Labor Day weekend. We believe that in 10 years, Bumbershoot will be staffed and run by the program graduates. This is how we and other institutions activate social change and how Bumbershoot becomes much more than a music festival.”
Using a “festival as classroom” philosophy, inspired by and collaborating with, Concert Career Pathways Remote Extension Program (CCP-X) from The UC Theatre in Berkeley, CA and other community partners like Seattle Children’s Theatre, Friends of the Waterfront, The Vera Project, TeenTix, Climate Pledge Arena and more, Third Stone’s goal is that at least 80% of the graduates will find employment after completing the Bumbershoot Workforce Development Program.
In addition to the extensive arts programming and music lineup, stay tuned for more exciting announcements in the upcoming months. Please visit www.Bumbershoot.com for more information.
Full 2023 Music Lineup:
A-Trak, AFI, Algernon Cadwallader, Anabel Englund, Band Of Horses, Benny The Butcher, Beverly Crusher, Black Ends, Bomba Estéreo,A Breaks and Swells, Brittany Howard, Cassandra Lewis, Chimurenga Renaissance, Chong the Nomad, Dave B., Debby Friday, Descendents, Destroy Boys, DOMi & JD Beck, Durand Jones, Fatboy Slim, Fouad Masoud, Girl Trouble, Gustaf, Hunx and his Punx, Jacob Banks, Jawbreaker, King Youngblood, Long Dark Moon, Major League Djz, Massy Ferguson, Matt and Kim, modernlove., Morgan and the Organ Donors, Phantogram, Pink Boa, Pressha, Puddles Pity Party, Radioactivity, Rebirth Brass Band, Reignwolf, Ride (performing “Going Blank Again”), Scarves, Screaming Females, Simone BG, Sleater-Kinney, Slift, Sol, Spirit Award, Sunny Day Real Estate, Sweet Water, Temples, The Black Tones, The Dandy Warhols, The Dip, The Revivalists, Them, Thunderpussy, Trinix, True Loves, Uncle Waffles, Valerie June, Wimps, Zhu
Weekend passes and single day tickets are available for purchase at bumbershoot.com. In celebration of the 50th anniversary, Bumbershoot and Amazon are offering prices 50% lower than when the event was last held in 2019 to create an opportunity for more of the Pacific Northwest community to enjoy the festival. Together with Third Stone, Amazon is also supporting the distribution of 5,000 free tickets directly to nonprofits and communities that have been underserved.
A portion of ticket proceeds will go towards the Bumbershoot Workforce Development program.
Established in 1971, Bumbershoot: Seattle’s Arts & Music Festival takes place over Labor Day weekend and stretches across the 74-acre Seattle Center beneath the city’s iconic Space Needle. The festival, celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2023 under new leadership of New Rising Sun (Joe Paganelli, Greg Lundgren and Steven Severin), is a celebration of the art, music, food, technology and the culture that permeates the Pacific Northwest. In a return to Bumbershoot’s origin, it is an embrace and elevation of art and community. The programming is built locally and managed by a team with deep roots in regional arts production, working in tandem with local non-profits, public schools and historically marginalized voices.
About Third Stone:
Third Stone’s mission is to foster an inclusive, energized, and sustainable arts economy in the Pacific Northwest through youth education, festival, spectacle, and community driven programming. Their primary purpose is to support the Bumbershoot brand by producing a main campus event on Labor Day that is equitably programmed, affordably priced, and accessible to all. Third Stone houses Bumbershoot’s workforce and education program, providing critical business skills to youths aged 17-25 using a “festival as classroom” philosophy. Inspired by, and collaborating with, the wildly successful Concert Career Pathways Education Program (CCP) from UC Theatre in Berkeley, CA, Third Stone’s program focuses on serving youth from communities that have been marginalized. Third Stone also has a goal that at least 80% of the graduates will find employment after completing the Bumbershoot Workforce Development Program. By partnering with the UC Theatre and other local non- profits like Seattle Children’s Theatre, Friends of the Waterfront, The Vera Project, TeenTix, Climate Pledge Arena and more, Third Stone works collectively to build a more equitable and sustainable creative arts ecosystem. If you are interested in learning more about Bumbershoot’s Workforce Development program, visit the website here.
About Seattle Center:
Connect to the extraordinary at Seattle Center, an active civic, arts, and family gathering place in the core of our city and region. Seattle Center’s 74-acre campus, centered around the International Fountain, is part of the Uptown Arts & Cultural District and home to Climate Pledge Arena; more than 30 cultural, educational, sports and entertainment organizations; and a broad range of public and community programs. In everything it does, Seattle Center’s mission is to create exceptional events, experiences, and environments which delight and inspire the human spirit to build stronger communities. Website | Instagram | Twitter
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