Bumbershoot champions rising artists from the very beginning. Macklemore first performed at Bumbershoot in 2006, then again in 2011, just before releasing The Heist and embarking on a world tour that has yet to set an end date.
Every year Bumbershoot welcomes back local stars, many of whom are now recognized on a national and global platform.
And we’re honored that beloved indie-rockers The Lonely Forest are returning for their fourth Bumbershoot appearance – which also happens to be their final show as a band.
In addition to welcoming back those bands we’ve championed in the past, we’re excited to bring you rising artists to discover.
We recently added Chimurenga Renaissance to the lineup. The latest project to spin off from the experimental rap duo Shabazz Palaces, the band meshes Zimbabwean music with contemporary hip hop. This blend of beats from two cultures is sure to connect you to Seattle’s community of collaboration.
Shaprece, another new addition to the lineup, fuses ambient-electronic beats with orchestral arrangements and soulful vocals. Check out her recent double single “Tell Me/Her Song” to experience one of the newest members of the Seattle music scene.
The alternative synth-rock group Craft Spells will also be returning to Bumbershoot. Craft Spells play welcoming beats, perfect for a festival atmosphere. Their summertime dance hits are sure to resonate with the crowd. To read up on Seattle’s own Craft Spells, click here.
Representing our neighbors just north of the border, Bumbershoot also welcomes Gold & Youth to our eclectic lineup of late editions. This electro-rock group based out of Vancouver and Toronto brings the ’80s synth-pop sounds back to the modern-day dance scene. Gold & Youth performed at Neumos this past Sunday and on the morning show on KEXP on Monday.
As previously announced, We Are Scientists will join our Labor Day Weekend family of Bumbershoot bands. Noted for their popular hits like “This Scene Is Dead” or “It’s a Hit,” the Brooklyn-based chic-punk rockers recently released their fifth album TV En Francais.
We all have that one band we’re excited to see above all other spectacles and performances at the Festival. But remember, the Festival’s lineup spans far and wide, from Top 40 talent to local artists releasing their debut EPs. Perhaps one of these rising artists will be your next favorite band Labor Day Weekend.