Bumbershoot 2016 Music Festival
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.
Dates: September 2nd, 3rd, 4th 2016
Years Active: 1971– Present
Line Up: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis , Death Cab For Cutie, Tame Impala, Pretty Lights, Kygo, Michael Franti & Spearhead, White Denim, The Motet, Father John Misty, Explosions In The Sky, Andrew Bird, Billy Idol, Kamasi Washington, Margo Price, The Blind Boys Of Alabama
Genre: Rock, Punk Rock, Pop, Metalcore, Alternative Rock, Hip Hop, Electronic, Ska