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2013 Lineup Insights

BEWARE! Bumbershoot may indeed serve as the epicenter for their eventual world take over. Zombies ARE everywhere at the Fest this year, roving the grounds as part of our spectacle programming and popping up in discussions at our Words & Ideas series. They’ll also be performing on stage reviving their songs from the ’60s such as “Time of The Season,” and “She’s Not There.”

In addition to legendary band The Zombies, we’re bringing more classic acts back to their home-town.

Heart will come home from their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction to spend a little time back in the great North Left.

Ben Gibbard will take a detour from The Postal Service reunion to perform once again with his Death Cab For Cutie roots.
Electronic hit BASSNECTAR will take the stage dropping reverberating beats while also providing fans with his renowned light show spectacle.

Many will dance the night and day away. The growing trends of trap and EDM will shake concert halls, while indie rock serenades a field full of patrons bathing in the Seattle late-summer sun.

While some Bumbergoers wave lighters to rock and roll hits, others are welcome to squeeze into moist mosh pits of excitement; anything is possible under this united umbrella that is Bumbershoot!

Grammy winners fun., rising hip hop star Kendrick Lamar, Sweden’s electro house duo Icona Pop, indie band Ra Ra Riot, and the new British buzz Alt-J serve as just a few of the 100-plus musical acts performing at the Seattle Center over Labor Day weekend.

Reflecting the diversity that the festival cultivates, The Zombies and fellow ’60s veterans Eric Burdon & the Animals appear alongside upcoming artists like !!!, Matt and Kim, Deerhunter, and Delta Rae; alt-rock pioneers Bob Mould, The Breeders, Superchunk, and Redd Kross; the hard rocking Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience and Baroness; soul master Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires; vanguard synth-pop artist Gary Numan; crossover darlings Tegan and Sara; Seattle hip hop standouts Sol and The Physics; breakout rappers Watsky, Grynch and Joey Bada$$; and of course Seattle’s own powerhouse soul singer and prom night host Allen Stone.

Now in its 43rd year, Bumbershoot has continually distinguished itself by offering one of the most diverse and carefully curated musical lineups in the world, in addition to a full spectrum of arts programming that includes comedy, theatre, film, literary, visual arts and spectacle elements.

The whole slate of music for Bumbershoot 2013 (and already announced Words & Ideas, theatre and visual arts programming) can be seen on our Lineup page. Whether you’re looking to lay back in the grass and soak up that rare September sun, or whether your hoping to put those party shoes on, Bumbershoot ’13 offers a little bit of something for everyone!