It's almost Bumbershoot! We've already sung our praises for this year's lineup and now that the official schedule's been released, we're now facing the task of trying to figure out where we're be throughout the weekend. I know there's a lot to do over three days, but we'll (mostly) be covering the music. As always, things may change here and there, but if you're looking for some recommendations, this is generally where Only The Beat will be over the weekend. Hopefully doge will be allowed in.
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You can start to figure out what your own weekend is going to look like on the new Bumbershoot app. It's actually pretty killer. I'm glad this has become a common practice at festivals. If you're wanting a little more inspiration, here's some selected tracks from the electronic artists featured at this year's festival:
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 2nd
3:30pm - 4:10pm (Fisher Green) Atlas Genuis
5:50pm - 6:30pm (Key Arena) Gryffin
There's been this huge upswing of indie electronic/future bass/chill trap/whatever you want to call it as a genre and I love it.
So what, is it DotCom? Skrillex? Justin Bieber? Martin Garrix? Tiesto? A collective? Eh, who really cares. I like the fluffy guy's production a lot, but wasn't super sold on his set the last time I saw him at Foundation in November (wow, was it that long ago?). But sometimes that has to do more with a venue than an artist. Looking forward to seeing him (her? them?) a second time.
8:10pm - 9:10pm (KEY ARENA) ZHU
For the longest time, the truth behind Zhu's identity was very carefully and deliberately hidden. A lot of people also said Skrillex, but that just seems to be the go to whenever a new mystery producer pops up. Turns out the guy was Stephen Zhu from Tau Kappa Epsilon at USC. Zhu is his last name. I wonder how many of his friends heard "Faded," and were like, "Hey Steve, is this you? Because I'm pretty sure this is you..."
Zhu's great by the way, but considering I did get to see a sold out show back in April, I might try and sneak away for a bit to see this one guy sing songs about Seattle before running back for Pretty Lights.
9:40pm - 11:40pm (KEY ARENA) PRETTY LIGHTS
Pretty Lights hasn't been to Seattle in about three years and his name was probably the one I was most excited to see on this lineup. If it's any indication, at EDC 2015 I skipped Above & Beyond so I could go see Derek Vincent Smith play on the Cosmic Meadow.
However, if if you're not feeling into fighting for space in the Key Arena, Explosions In The Sky is a fantastic alternative. Really wish that they weren't during the same time slot.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 4th
4:30pm - 5:20pm (Main Stage) Melanie Martinez
5:10pm - 5:55pm (KEY ARENA) Troyboi
I started liking trap a lot more when I realized how inclusive of a genre it actually is.
6:05pm - 6:50pm (KEY ARENA) Cashmere Cat
Cashmere Cat produced the song "Glory" for Britney Spears. What a different age it is that the names of producers actually mean something to us now.
6:50pm - 8:00pm (Fisher Green) Third Eye Blind
9:10pm - 10:50pm (Main Stage) Death Cab for Cutie
10:00pm - 11:15pm (KEY ARENA) Porter Robinson
Closing out the weekend with my favorite producer of all time. Not really more to say then that. Oh, except maybe that it's also a live set.
There we have it. Hopefully ending on a Sunday this year will actually make Labor Day a little more relaxing instead of trying not to die at work after three non stop days.