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Bumbershoot 2014 
General Event Information
Event Category:
Fairs & Festivals
* contact the Presenting Organization listed below for ticketing information  
Dates and Times:
August 30-September 1, 12:00-12:00AM; (See website for complete schedule.)

Gregory Porter
Now in its 43rd year, Bumbershoot has consistently drawn artists representing the best in music, film, comedy, spoken word, dance, theatre, performance, and visual arts to Seattle every Labor Day weekend.

North America’s largest urban arts festival, Bumbershoot takes place in the heart of the city at the 74-acre Seattle Center.

Over 100,000 visitors from near and far spend the weekend experiencing groundbreaking local, national, and international artists in all arts disciplines and musical genres at venues large and small, indoor and outdoor.

Bumbershoot also features a variety of food, merchandise, and urban craft vendors throughout Bumbershoot grounds—there’s plenty to eat, see, and do all weekend long.

Courtesy of Paul de Barros from The Seattle Times:
Classic rocker Elvis Costello, pop band Foster the People and pioneering rap outfit Wu-Tang Clan are three of the headliners booked for Bumbershoot this year. The annual arts festival is presented on Labor Day weekend at Seattle Center, Aug. 30-Sept. 1.

Other big names scheduled to appear at Memorial Stadium — re-embraced as the headliner venue this year — include rappers J. Cole and Schoolboy Q, Seattle neo-folkies The Head and The Heart and rockers Panic! At the Disco and Capital Cities.

The festival also will feature soul stars Bootsy Collins and Bobby Womack and Big Star’s Third, featuring an aggregation of sidemen from various editions of Big Star, including The Posies’ Ken Stringfellow and R.E.M.’s Mike Mills.

Fans of cutting-edge or niche music may be more inspired than the general public by the Bumbershoot lineup, with acts such as campy New Orleans rapper Big Freedia and prankster emcee Danny Brown, jazz singer Gregory Porter, Latin rockers Los Lobos, Colombian techno-world music act Bomba Estéreo, classic punk rockers The Afghan Whigs and Mission of Burma and hip local acts La Luz, Rose Windows and Cumulus all on the bill.

A sampling of the lineup:

Saturday: Wu-Tang Clan, Elvis Costello and the Imposters, Panic! At the Disco, The Afghan Whigs, The Both, Walk The Moon, G-Easy, Bobby Womack, Danny Brown, Poliça, Mac DeMarco, Big Freedia, SZA, Yuna, The Lonely Forest, Gregory Porter, Sam Lachow, Shelby Earl, Youngblood Hawke, RA Scion, Donnie & Joe Emerson, Fly Moon Royalty, Grayskul, Tomo Nakayama, Iska Dhaaf, McTuff, Naomi Wachira, Evan Flory Barnes + Infinity Upright!, Cataldo, Cumulus, Dude York, Modern Kin, Otieno Terry.

Sunday: The Replacements, The Head and the Heart, Schoolboy Q, Los Lobos, Bootsy Collins, The Dismemberment Plan, Luscious Jackson, Pickwick, Kishi Bashi, Red Fang, Big Star’s Third, Iamsu!, Gregory Alan Isakov, Charlie Musselwhite, Mission of Burma, Architecture in Helsinki, The Dream Syndicate, Schoolyard Heroes, San Fermin, Negativland, Kins, Polyrhythmics, ILLFIGHTYOU, Jarv Dee, Sandrider, The 44’s with Kirk “Eli” Fletcher, Hobosexual, Falls, Highlands, Hermigervill, Manatee Commune, Golden Gardens, Hot Wired Rhythm Band.

Monday: Foster the People, J. Cole, Capital Cities, Neon Trees, Real Estate, Nada Surf, The Reverend Horton Heat, Aer, Twin Shadow, Jonathan Richman, Valerie June, Bomba Estéreo, Hurray for the Riff Raff, Rose Windows, Mexican Institute of Sound, DahkaBrakha, Campfire Ok, Bad Things, Julianna Barwick, Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas, Jacco Gardner, La Luz, Current Swell, Tangerine, Hoba Hoba Spirit, Kore Ionz, Jessica Pratt, Massy Ferguson, Old Man Luedecke, Western Haunts, Smokey Brights.
Venue Information
305 Harrison Street  
Zip Code:
United States 
(206) 684-7200 
Presenting Organization
(206) 281-7788