Nobody here sounds remotely like Negativland.
Nobody here sounds remotely like Negativland.

Well, that supposedly illegitimate Bumbershoot lineup that was circulating on social media earlier this month turned out to be legit. (Good thing I used "Probably" in the header.) As it turns out, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Death Cab for Cutie, and KYGO will be headlining the annual arts festival, which happens September 2-4 at Seattle Center. It's unclear who benefited from leaking the lineup ahead of the official announcement and why Porter Novelli were so adamant in denying its legitimacy. Anyway, enough unproductive hand-wringing. Let's move on to revealing the full lineup—which the public viewed in real time at Showbox at the Market last night, in an event hosted by Mama Tits and featuring bingo and giveaways—and talking about why it seems underwhelming.

Musical Performances

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis // Death Cab for Cutie // KYGO // Tame Impala // G-Eazy // Pretty Lights // Halsey // DJ Snake // Porter Robinson // Zeds Dead // Bryson Tiller // Michael Franti & Spearhead // Run The Jewels // Billy Idol // ZHU // Fetty Wap // Marshmello // Father John Misty // Explosions In The Sky // Third Eye Blind // Logic // Andrew Bird // Tyler, The Creator // Melanie Martinez // Reggie Watts // Margo Price // Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals // Chevy Metal // Flatbush ZOMBiES // Maren Morris // Kamasi Washington // Jai Wolf // JoJo // Cashmere Cat // The Front Bottoms // Black Joe Lewis // The Motet // TOKiMONSTA // The Blind Boys of Alabama // St. Lucia // Hippie Sabotage // TroyBoi// Gryffin// Bob Moses // Zella Day // Atlas Genius // Bishop Briggs // Jagwar Ma // Banners // Jimi Charles Moody // Barns Courtney //The Flavr Blue // Donna Missal // Hinds // Lewis Del Mar // Joywave // Naked Giants // Manatee Commune // Shaprece // White Denim // Escondido // Lemolo // Iska Dhaaf // Radiation City // Coast Modern // Erik Blood // Rabbit Wilde // Ryan Caraveo // Secret Weapons // Grave & The Pink Slips // Chastity Belt // Dude York // Desi Valentine // Fly Moon Royalty // Stag // Low Cut High Tops // So Pitted // Strangers You Know // Treasure Fingers // Maiah Manser // Super Square // Pony Time // Snuff Redux // Lisa Prank // DoNormaal // Tracksuit Wedding // COSMOS // Zach Van Lue

I'm excited about exactly two non-local acts: Kamasi Washington and Reggie Watts. (I used to dig talented LA beatmaker TOKiMONSTA, but her new release is uninspired.) I realize I'm way older than the target demo Bumbershoot is now striving to attract, but the bones the bookers have thrown to the over-30 crowd look pretty meager. Billy Idol? Third Eye Blind? Michael Franti & Spearhead? Uh, no thanks. Hiphop reps with a few strong artists, with Bernie Bros Run the Jewels, Anderson .Paak & the Free Nationals, and rising local star DoNormaal.

A few years ago, I would've included Tyler, the Creator, but his future hasn't turned out as odd as one would hope. I used to like festival fixtures Tame Impala, but they've strayed from the sublime shoegaze power moves they made on Innerspeaker.

The EDM contingent —Porter Robinson, DJ Snake, Zeds Dead, ZHU, KYGO, Pretty Lights, et al.—skews hard toward the mainstream and the most undiscerning of youths. Middlebrow/highbrow indie rock of the sort championed by Pitchfork and its ilk is scant (Tame Impala, recent Beyonce collaborator Father John Misty, and Explosions in the Sky).

However, the Seattle artists deemed Bumbershoot-worthy this year deserve much of your dwindling attention span, including Erik Blood, Chastity Belt, So Pitted, Lisa Prank, and Maiah Manser. But, yeah, from this vantage point, this lineup appears to contain a lot of ballast and not so much blast.

Below scope out the non-music slate of entertainments, ticket info, some photos from last night's party, and the press release. And remember that the Stranger's full and exhaustive Bumbershoot listings will be launching very soon.


Ron Funches // The Improvised Shakespeare Company // Kate Berlant // Nick Thune // Goddamn Comedy Jam // Morgan Murphy // Dan Soder // Andy Haynes // Billy Wayne Davis // Adam Ray // Tiffany Haddish // Kevin Barnes // Whitmer Thomas // Jena Friedman // Dan St. Germain // Fahim Anwar // Ashley Barnhill // Moses Storm // Rachel Walls // Seattle’s Most Wonderful // Khadija Hassan // Barbara Holm // Wilfred Padua // Queerz: We’re Hilarious // Stand-up for Yourself with Amy Miller // Natalie Holt // Levi Manis // Improv: Carskee, Jesse + Josh=Josh, CSz Seattle Presents ComedySportz, FEELINGS, The Midnight Goats

MC Mama Tits told at least 43 jokes about balls during the bingo segment of last nights festivities.
MC Mama Tits told at least 43 jokes about "balls" during the bingo segment of last night's festivities. Dave Segal

Words & Ideas

Writers of Transparent // Seattle Review of Books featuring Sherman Alexie, Robert Lashley, and EJ Koh // Seattle Files with Chris Allen // Seattle Process with Brett Hamil // Why Storytelling? Why Professional Wrestling? Why Now? // Why Tech Industry? Why Homelessness? Why Now? // Why Memes? Why Internet Dating? Why Now? With Emmett Montgomery // Hugo House Presents The Oracle // Battle of The Word Poetry Slam

The crowd cheered really loudly for Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Porter Robinson, and Billy Idol.
The crowd cheered really loudly for Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Porter Robinson, and Billy Idol. Dave Segal


Reign Supreme Breakin’ Competition // MaximumVELOCITY

Theatre (Curated by the Theatre Puget Sound)

SWING // Tattprov // DUMP: A Garbage Burlesque // Are You There God? It’s Me Karen Carpenter // Can’t Talk Right Now // Mik Kuhlman "House 30"

Coolest thing about the Bumbershoot announcement party: KEXP DJ Atticus Spacemen 3 T-shirt.
Coolest thing about the Bumbershoot announcement party: KEXP DJ Atticus' Spacemen 3 T-shirt. Dave Segal

Visual Arts

Brent Watanabe // Seattle Experimental Animation Team // Interstitial Theatre // Seattle Center Sculpture Walk // Fine Arts Poster by Ryan Molenkamp

Additional Programming

FILM curated by Seattle International Film Festival // YOUNGERSHOOT curated by Seattle Children's Museum


B-Eats feat. Local chefs of Matt’s In The Market, Radiator Whiskey, Garcia, New Luck Toy, Bok Bok Korean Fried Chicken, and Pike Place Fish Guys

Event Pass Information and Lineup

Passes for Bumbershoot go on sale Friday, April 29 at 10 a.m. PT.

· 3-Day Passes, starting at $180

· Gold Passes, $400

· Emerald VIP, $700

Recognized by national media as one of the “top 5 reasons to visit Seattle,” Bumbershoot today announced the official lineup for its 46th annual festival at the Seattle Center over Labor Day weekend, Friday Sept. 2 through Sunday Sept. 4. Headliners include Seattle natives and hip hop duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, alternative rock band Death Cab for Cutie, and critically acclaimed Norwegian producer KYGO, among others.

More than 140 additional artists will perform throughout the weekend on more than a dozen indoor and outdoor stages spread throughout the 74 acre festival grounds, including both Memorial Stadium and KeyArena.

“Bumbershoot is Seattle’s Festival, which, to me, means it’s the first of its kind in the region and the one that has held steady for multiple generations,” said AEG’s Vice President of Talent and Bumbershoot Booker Chad Queirolo. “Same grounds, similar feel to when I was a kid attending in the 80’s and 90’s. Beyond music, we still have the art, the film, the comedy, and all the weirdo elements that have made it what it’s famous for. On top of that, and aside from being Seattle Centric, it’s one of the first American festivals and one of the longest running fests. That…is cool.”

To celebrate Seattle’s Festival, headliner Macklemore will throw out the first pitch at Safeco Field during “Bumbershoot Night” on April 29. Fans who purchase a ticket to the Bumbershoot section at Safeco Field will receive a Mariners Bumbershoot T-shirt. Tickets are available at a special discount using promo code “BUMBERSHOOT” at

Arts and Culture Programming Highlights

In addition to a diverse music lineup that includes 90 acts, from international headliners to emerging local artists, Bumbershoot programming includes comedy, film, dance, theatre, words and ideas, youth activities, and more.

"Bumbershoot is a place for families and friends to not only see their favorite acts together but also to try new things and expand their horizons," said One Reel’s Executive Director Chris Weber. “It’s a one-stop shop to view, listen, taste, touch, smell and discover local, regional, national, and international arts and culture.”

Comedy: Ron Funches from NBC’s Undateable as Shelly will bring his comedic talents to Bumbershoot along with Comedians of Comedy alum Morgan Murphy, The Improvised Shakespeare Company, and Seattle native Nick Thune.

Film: With something for every age and taste, the 1 Reel Film Festival — curated by the Seattle International Film Festival — will serve up a selection of the year’s best short films.

Dance: Returning in 2015 after a few year hiatus, Bumbershoot’s dance programming offers a strong lineup of talent in 2016 including MaximumVELOCITY, a showcase of top contemporary choreographers and dance groups and the Northwest’s premiere breaking and street dance competition, Reign Supreme, which drew huge crowds in 2015.

Theatre: Curated by Theatre Puget Sound, 2016 theatre performances will include Are You There God? It's Me, Karen Carpenter, a musical that juxtaposes classic coming of age novel Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret with the music of the Carpenters and an unforgettable performance from Tattprov, which includes one member of the comedy group getting a tattoo based on a suggestion from the audience.

Words & Ideas: Words & Ideas guests include local poet, writer and filmmaker Sherman Alexi, podcast sensation Chris Allen, Seattle’s premiere political comic (according to Seattle Weekly), Brett Hamil, and the writers of Amazon series Transparent.

YOUNGERSHOOT: Returning for its 6th year the Seattle Children’s Museum presents YOUNGERSHOOT, a place for children ages 10 and younger and their guardians to enjoy the festival together with kid-focused entertainment, hands on activities, and performances.

Food: Other stand out features this year include B-Eats, a new food program created in partnership with Dan Bugge of Matt’s in The Market and Radiator Whiskey to curate a diverse mix of gourmet style cuisine from local chefs.

Community Involvement

Seattle-based nonprofit Center for Infectious Disease Research (CIDResearch) is the official non-profit partner of Bumbershoot 2016. As part of the relationship, Bumbershoot will donate a portion of each pass sold and encourage fans to donate as well, helping spread global health awareness.

"Partnerships like this are critical to raising awareness for global infectious diseases and supporting the center’s mission to develop lifesaving treatments and cures that can deliver hope and the promise to the millions of people around the world affected by infectious diseases like HIV/AIDS, TB, and malaria,’ said Edward Jenkins, Chief Public Affairs Officer for CIDResearch. “This collaboration is especially meaningful because Bumbershoot has been helping the Seattle community for more than 40 years, just like we have.”

“Planning for Bumbershoot 2016 has been the ultimate collaboration of resources and support from our community,” said Regional Vice President of AEG Live Pacific Northwest Rob Thomas. “The result is a festival experience that will give you the best three days of arts, culture, and community you can get in Seattle all year.”