Bumbershoot Festival Announces Daily Music Line Up

Bumbershoot Festival USA 2023 news

Bumbershoot: Seattle’s Arts & Music Festival announces the highly anticipated daily lineups and reveals new musical acts who will join in celebrating Bumbershoot’s 50-year anniversary at the Seattle Center this September 2nd & 3rd. Additionally, producers have shared impressive details about the successful launch of their Workforce Development Program, supporting future generations of music festival producers and industry experts.

Saturday will kick off the festival with stellar performances from Olympia’s SLEATER-KINNEY, a body-moving electronic set from globally known producer, ZHU, explosive punk and alternative rock from AFI, Grammy-Award Nominee and vocal powerhouse BRITTANY HOWARD, and Seattle hometown heroes SUNNY DAY REAL ESTATE. Additional Saturday performances include DURAND JONES, MATT AND KIM, RIDE, JACOB BANKS and more. Sunday will offer captivating performances from alt-rockers THE REVIVALISTS, post-hardcore band JAWBREAKER, legendary UK producer FATBOY SLIM, synth alt-pop from Phantogram, and Seattle’s own BAND OF HORSES. Additional Sunday acts include BOMBA ESTEREO, UNCLE WAFFLES, A-TRAK, VALERIE JUNE and much more.

Bumbershoot is also pleased to announce new additions to the already stacked lineup including feminist performance art rockers PUSSY RIOT, iconic producer MAYA JANE COLES, indie-rock quartet SHANNON AND THE CLAMS and Seattle’s TV STAR.

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The reimagined Bumbershoot Music and Arts Festival is a partnership between two organizations, non-profit Third Stone and festival producer New Rising Sun. In April, Third Stone launched the tuition-free Bumbershoot Workforce Development Program in partnership with The UC Theatre’s Concert Career Pathways program (CCP-X). This tuition-free, hands-on training program removes the barriers of entry into the live music business for young people 17 – 25-years-old from historically marginalized communities, supporting the next generation of music industry professionals and laying the groundwork for a more equitable and inclusive music industry. This six-month program focuses on teaching the behind-the-scenes aspects of concert promotion and production, combined with job-shadowing and paid internships, and culminating with jobs at the Bumbershoot Festival Labor Day weekend.

The inaugural Bumbershoot Workforce Development Program’s 16 participants began a series of workshops, speaker series, and shadow shifts, in partnership with music industry professionals and organizations in Third Stone’s Professional Partner Network, including organizations like legendary Seattle venues, The Crocodile and The Triple Door, as well as TeenTix and learning marketable skills such as event production, sound engineering, marketing, talent buying, event budgeting, and more. Using a “festival as classroom” philosophy, Third Stone’s vision for success is that in ten years, the festival will be managed by alumni of the program.

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