Bumbershoot Music Festival 2013
Bumbershoot began as a city-funded ($25,000 budget)[arts and music festival called “Mayor’s Arts Festival”, also known as “Festival ’71”, held at Seattle Center on August 13–15, 1971. This event had a total attendance of 125,000 visitors. Amidst the local economic depression triggered by the near collapse of Boeing, the festival attempted to revive local spirits, and was the largest event held in Seattle Center since the 1962 World’s Fair.
Talk radio host Irving Clark Jr. chaired the fair committee, and avant-garde impresario Anne Focke used one-fifth of the budget for light shows (which incorporated lasers, still something of a novelty at that time), computer graphics, enormous inflatable soft sculptures by the Land Truth Company, and an electronic jam session. Other events included dance, theater, folk music, arts and crafts, art cars, body painting, a Miss Hot Pants Contest, amateur motorcycle races, and one out-of-town performer: country singer Sheb Wooley.
Location: Seattle, WA
Dates: August 31- Sept 2nd, 2013
Years Active: 1971–present
Lineup: BASSNECTAR, MGMT, Allen Stone, alt-J, The Joy Formidable, Trampled by Turtles, Death Cab for Cutie, Tegan and Sara, Matt and Kim, The Breeders, Heart, Kendrick Lamar, Crystal Castles, Gary Numan, Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience, Maceo Parker
Genres: Arts and Music Festival