How’d you hear about the 2013 music lineup? Was it first-hand at Prom Night, or at one of our many announcement parties? Did you get a text from a friend? View a tweet? Or see a post on your newsfeed?
Chances are you heard about it from some of OUR favorite people – THE PRESS!
Bumbershoot would like to give a HUGE thanks to all outlets and publications who helped spread the word of this year’s music lineup. Thanks to all of the wonderful reporters, photographers, and writers, Bumbershoot 2013 is shaping up to be one of the most buzzed-about years in our Festival’s history. See above for a press-tastic word cloud comprised from several articles covering the lineup announcement (the bigger the word, the more frequently it was used in the coverage).
Publications large and small, with DMAs vast and narrow, all had something to say about this year’s eclectic mix of artists. SPIN described Ben Gibbard as “reliving 2003 one album at a time. First the Postal Service, and now Death Cab for Cutie,” playing their widely beloved Transatlanticism in its entirety. ABC News Radio highlighted “other bands set to rock the stage,” such as MGMT, Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience, and Bob Mould.
Pollstar emphasized that, ‘this year’s almost stretching-to-infinity lineup… will be visited by Zombies, specifically famed 60’s Brit band The Zombies,’ (and of course, ACTUAL zombies roving the grounds! Let’s not forget our nonmusic programming!).
Local outlets referenced the prominence of Northwestern natives. The Seattle Times called the Festival, “locally sourced and stocked with crowd pleasers.” The Seattle Met wrote that this year’s headliners “have a little more local flavor,” and KOMO News Radio said our, “pretty heavy hitters, [are] from right here in the Northwest.”
Witty publications sure weren’t scared to cross the holy line between objective and subjective reporting. Three Imaginary Girls said Bumbershoot might be one of the best festivals of the summer, and that we “seriously knocked it out of the park.” The Stranger interjected exclamations whenever possible. Personal favorites are, “THE BREEDERS! SUPERCHUNK! HOORAY!”
Even noteworthy music and radio personalities Josh Kerns and former Seattle Weekly Music Editor Chris Kornelis, remarked that this is our “best lineup since Bob Dylan played,” and that we did “a really good job of expanding the diversity.” Kerns wrote on MyNorthwest.com that, “[Programming Director Chris] Porter and company have put Bumbershoot back on the map as a musical must-see.”
The realms of personalized reporting via Tumblr, Blogspot, Facebook and Twitter, are also to thank as more music lovers use these means to express their excitement.
As prom season draws to a close, the anticipation of festival season gives us a reason to keep those dancing shoes strapped on tight. Looking to stay occupied? Bumbershoot’s been featured on countless Festival Guides. So go ahead and continue reading about us as you check out the best US festivals in Cultivora, Men’s Health, Vogue, and the Seattle Times Summer Music Calendar.
Thanks again for all the wonderful write-ups about this year’s music lineup. There’s more to come, as lineups for Comedy, Film, and our Youngershoot children’s programming are all coming down the pike, making Bumbershoot that much juicier with every press release.