This the day art and music festival is set against the stunning backdrop of Seattle's iconic Space Needle. A long running festival, it was first called the Mayor's Art Fair, and only changed its name to Bumbershoot in 1973. The festival features a distinct blend of different style's, Seattle natives like Death Cab for Cutie mix with Hip-Hop acts to produce a varied but consistently excellent mix. Bumbershoot also displays the works of over 100 artists to make this festival into an enormous temporary gallery.
In an already musically-important city like Seattle you can expect Bumbershoot to be a gathering of the best and brightest in the American music scene. Though some punters complain that the even has gone "corporate", with excessive stands and advertising, organizers have managed to consistently produce some outstanding line-ups.
This year's line-up include local Seattle superstars Death Cab for Cutie, psychedelic rock giant MGMT, genre-smashing electronic musician Bassnectar, and voice of the ghetto youth, Kendrick Lemar.
Beyond the Main Stage, Bumbershoot includes several other stages, including the Center Stage dedicated to Punk, Rock, and Metal, the Fountain Lawn Stage for indie and pop acts, and the well hidden Bumbershot Music Lounge, where festival-goers can take the load off their feet and sit down and enjoy some live music.
In addition, there are also comedy stages, a theater for ballet, an auditorium for lectures, and a cinema for film screenings, making Bumbershoot so much more than just a music festival.
Gold tickets are going for $150 for a day or $375 for the weekend, and entitle the holder to VIP entry into the main arena and the Bradley Wright Theatre, admission into a special member's lounge, drink tokens, and a festival poster.
Platinum tickets give the holder all the benefits of the gold ticket plus special VIP entrance to the Bumbershoot Music Lounge, entrance to the 1 Reel Film Festival and various comedy acts, the Words & Ideas stage and a $25 voucher for official festival merchandise.
Children are admitted, and children under the age of 10 can get in for free. There is also a special program called Youngershoot described as a festival within the festival with a child specific program.
Bumbershoot is accessible and provides assistant to patrons with disabilities. Any questions can addressed to [email protected]
The 2012 line-up included Jane's Addiction, Skrillex, Passion Pit, and and M83.
The 2011 line-up included Daryl Hall & John Oates and Wiz Khalifa, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis