Bumbershoot is almost upon us! Seattle's annual Labor Day event brings an almost overwhelming amount of art, live music, comedy and plenty of other things worth checking out to the Seattle Center. While things may change and there is plenty to be spontaneous about, here's where you can probably find us. Also, the weather is slated to be 80° and sunny. Not sure you could really ask for much better. Here are our top picks for the weekend:
Friday, September 1st
J GRGRY - Mural Amphitheatre (3:45 – 4:15 PM)
Kind of a John Mayer x Robert Smith x Killers vibe I’m picking up. Not convinced if that’s exactly what I’m hearing, but I’m sure I’ll figure it out when I’m there.
PVRIS - Fisher Green Stage (4:55 – 5:35 PM)
You know these guys used to be a metalcore band? Really feeling this 80s vibe they’re going with these days. Their new album All We Know Of Heaven, All We Know of Hell is out as of August 25 and it’s goooooooood. Gated reverb and synths. Awesome.
Foster The People - Memorial Stadium (6:05 – 6:50 PM)
"Pumped Up Kicks" is not a happy song. *sad trombone* I'm going to guess that most people aren't too familiar with their discography outside of their breakout hit, but you should be. Their shows are like a big dance party. Hope you're ready to move your feet.
WHETHAN - Key Arena (6:20 – 7:05 PM)
I know its way overdone these days, but I really like future bass. Whethan I feel is at least willing to step out of the safety net of the genre and is not afraid to get weird. He also has a pretty solid roster of vocalists too, including fellow Bumbershootee Lorde, Charlie XCX, and Ashe. Not super down with these sub sixty minute sets here though.
Mssingno - XE3 (Whethan Turn)
SLUSHII - Key Arena (7:20 – 8:05 PM)
See? Still not bored of future bass. Granted, that's only a small part of Julian Scanlan's fairly innovative, upbeat style. Dude can't even (legally) drink yet and he just released his first album, complete with his own vocals.
JAUZ - Key Arena (8:15 – 9:15 PM)
Shark Squad, baby.
Flume - Memorial Stadium (9:15 – 10:30 PM)
Wow, this lineup is really heavy on the future bass. Not really sure I noticed that until I started making my day to day schedule. Difference here though is that the Australian producer can basically be credited with pioneering the genre. I see the rise of indie electronic music as a need to divert from the big room bangers that surfaced around 2013, in the wake of EDM as a culture taking off. Flume was experimenting with those sounds before a lot of people had even been to their first show.
Lorde - Tennis Court (Flume Remix)
I might…have to cut out a little early to see the end of Flo Rida’s set at the Fisher Green Stage. Say what you want, the dude is a hit machine and one of his shows sounds like a lot of fun.
After leaving day one of the festival, consider swinging by the PAX after party to catch The Glitch Mob. If you missed out on Pretty Lights at the Gorge this year like I did, this should be a pretty good way to fill that void.
Saturday, September 2nd
Saint Claire x Jake Crocker - Mural Amphitheatre (3:45 - 4:25 PM)
John Sinclair and Jake Crocker are some local names you should absolutely keep your eye on. We've been chatting with Jake for sometime and working on getting a piece done. Be sure to catch their set so you can say "I saw them when..."
Saint Claire - Medication
Tessa Rae - Faded (Jake Crocker Remix)
Middle Kids - Fisher Green Stage (5:00 – 5:35 PM)
I'm in love in Hannah Joy's voice. This band's vibe is like quintessential Bumbershoot. Perfect for a Seattle summer afternoon under the Space Needle. It's criminal they're only getting a half an hour.
Tacocat - Fisher Green Stage (6:00 – 6:40 PM)
Tacocat is one of those names I see on every poster stapled to a telephone pole throughout Seattle. This is pop punk that would get The Ramones to turn their heads. It's fun, it's bratty and it's high energy. I mean, they have a song called "I Love Seattle." How could you not?
Weezer - Memorial Stadium (7:35 – 8:50 PM)
The Blue Album was one of the first CDs I ever owned. I feel like Weezer is one of those bands you just have to see at some point in your life. Their new stuff sounds a little different (kind of Imagine Dragons/Twenty One Pilots or something), but it’s good different. Always important to let artists branch out.
Big Wild - Key Arena (8:25 – 9:25 PM)
I'll be sure to head over after Weezer's set to catch last bit of Big Wild. Jackson Stell settled on the name after his experiences in the California wilderness and you can definitely here the influence, as well as why he's caught the eye of Odesza. Super cool stuff. Might go check out a bit of Conor Oberst (of Bright Eyes) on my way through the festival grounds too.
Big Wild - Aftergold
Lorde - Memorial Stadium (9:35 – 10:50 PM)
I am Lorde; yah yah yah. I would under almost any other circumstances go to Dillon Francis, but he's in Seattle all the time. Another good option is tyDi at the Silent Disco. Or The Roots. Damn...too much good music.
After party at Foundation Nightclub for Prince Fox! Standout set from Paradiso this summer.
Sunday, September 3rd
White Reaper - Mural Amphitheatre (3:45 – 4:45 PM)
When I first heard these guys, I could have sworn that they had a song on the Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist soundtrack, but it turns out I was wrong. They definitely fit the vibe though. Late nights, garage sound, reckless adventures. Good stuff.
Honors - Fisher Green Stage (5:00 - 5:30 PM)
Couldn’t find a whole lot from these Canadians, but what's on their SoundCloud I really like. Absolutely worth stopping by their set.
EKALI - Key Arena(6:00 – 6:40 PM)
One of my favorite artist discoveries of the last year. Future bass at its future bassiest.
Flux Pavilion - I Can't Stop (Ekali Tribute)
X Ambassadors - Memorial Stadium (6:20 – 7:20 PM)All hail the underdogs
All hail the new kids
All hail the outlaws
Spielberg's and Kubrick'sLouis The Child - Key Arena (7:45 – 8:45 PM)
You can thank Madeon for the wonderful and unique stylings of Robby Hauldren and Freddy Kennett. The two met at a show about five years ago and have been making delightfully magnetic music ever since. They even got open for Madeon in 2015.
Louis The Child - It's Strange (Ft. K.Flay)
Cash Cash - Key Arena (8:55 – 9:55 PM)
You know that Cash Cash used to play at Warped Tour? Yeah, as a punk rock band. Sounds like they made the right call. Fun stuff, but unfortunately won't be staying too long. Gotta make it to Memorial Stadium for ODESZA.
ODESZA - Memorial Stadium (9:20 – 10:50 PM)
Basically my main reason for going to Bumbershoot this year and easily one of my favorite acts pretty much since the moment I heard them. I’ve sung their praises before. Check it out. Clayton and Harrison have credited summer in Pacific Northwest as having a huge presence in the music they produce and you can absolutely hear it. I can't really imagine a better to close out the weekend.
ODESZA - My Friends Never Die
Get to know the artists we'll be seeing over Labor Day Weekend with our Bumbershoot Spotify playlist!