Seattle music-industry institution Sub Pop Records announced the lineup for SPF30, a two-day festival happening at Seattle Center's Mural Amphitheatre on August 10 and at Alki Beach in West Seattle on August 11. The free, all-ages event will showcase new and old acts on the legendary label, including Mudhoney, Fastbacks, Shabazz Palaces, Afghan Whigs, clipping., and Beach House. In addition, there will be a benefit comedy show (proceeds go to YouthCare) at the Moore Theatre, including members of Bob's Burgers: H. Jon Benjamin, Eugene Mirman, Kristen Schaal, Larry Murphy, and John Roberts. Finally, Sub Pop artists Pissed Jeans will play their 15th Anniversary Party at the Crocodile on August 11. And don't forget: KEXP (90.3 FM; kexp.org) is still in the process of airing songs from every Sub Pop release.
Any record label that thrives for three decades during one of the music biz's toughest stretches deserves serious respect—and the right to throw itself an extravagant celebration to mark the auspicious achievement. The label is billing the weekend's festivities as "a super fun and sincere 'thank you' to our local and global music community for supporting Sub Pop and our artists for the past 30 years (and the next 30!)."
Say what you will about Sub Pop's fluctuating quality control (hey, nobody's perfect, except for certain reissue specialists), but you can't deny that it's released more winners than duds since 1988, and owners Jonathan Poneman and Bruce Pavitt (the latter is no longer with Sub Pop) have fostered enough classic recordings to form at least a dynamite 24-hour Spotify playlist.
And you can't deny that Sub Pop has avoided stagnation. It's diversified its roster far beyond the initial grunge blueprint for which it will always be most famous by embracing hiphop, folk, manifold styles of rock, electronic music, and perhaps most importantly, poetry (see the posthumous release of Steven Jesse Bernstein's Steve Fisk-produced album, Prison). It's been an impressive run, so far.
Check out the press release for SPF30 below.
Saturday, August 11th
SPF30: Sub Pop’s 30th Anniversary Festival with
Beach House, Clipping, Kyle Craft, Fastbacks, Jo Passed, Loma, LVL UP, METZ, Moaning, Mudhoney, Shabazz Palaces, Wolf Parade, plus Caspar Babypants, The Not-Its and The School of Rock West Seattle House Band along Alki Beach in West Seattle
Friday, August 10th
Sub Pop’s Big 30th Anniversary Kick-Off Showcase,
a special Concert at the Mural presented by KEXP and Seattle Center with The Afghan Whigs, Mass Gothic, Yuno at the Mural Amphitheatre
Friday, August 10th
A Night of Comedy From the Cast of Bob’s Burgers, benefitting YouthCare and featuring H. Jon Benjamin, Eugene Mirman, Kristen Schaal, Larry Murphy + John Roberts at the Moore Theatre
Saturday, August 11th
Pissed Jeans 15th Anniversary Party
at The Crocodile
We are delighted to announce lineup details for SPF30 and Sub Pop’s 30th Anniversary weekend, happening Friday, August 10th and Saturday, August 11th, 2018 in beautiful Seattle, Washington.
The festivities kick-off the evening of Friday, August 10th at 5pm, with The Afghan Whigs, Mass Gothic and Yuno playing a free, all-ages outdoor concert at the Mural Amphitheatre, presented by KEXP and Seattle Center.
Later that same evening, we are presenting A Night of Comedy From the Cast of Bob’s Burgers at The Moore Theatre, featuring H. Jon Benjamin, Eugene Mirman, Kristen Schaal, Larry Murphy and John Roberts. This is a ticketed event with proceeds to benefit Seattle’s YouthCare.
YouthCare works to end youth homelessness and to ensure that young people are valued for who they are and empowered to achieve their potential. Founded in 1974, YouthCare was one of the first programs to serve runaway and homeless youth on the West Coast. The goal was to help young people find safety today and build a future for tomorrow. Over the past four decades, YouthCare has defined best practices and developed programs that are a national standard for excellence. Using a youth-centered approach, they ensure that young people experiencing homelessness ages 12-24 have the hope, skills, and confidence to gain long-term stability.
Tickets for A Night of Comedy From the Cast of Bob’s Burgers will be $30 (plus fees). A special presale begins Wednesday, May 30th at 10am PT (presale code LOSER30), with tickets on sale to the general public Friday, June 1st at 10am PT. Tickets are available here. Doors are at 7pm, and the show is all-ages.
Then on Saturday, August 11th from noon-10pm, the Southwest Seattle Historical Society welcomes Sub Pop for SPF30, our 30th anniversary festival at West Seattle’s Alki Beach. SPF30 is an entirely free event featuring Beach House, Clipping, Kyle Craft, Fastbacks, Jo Passed, Loma, LVL UP, METZ, Moaning, Mudhoney, Shabazz Palaces, Wolf Parade, and a family stage featuring Caspar Babypants, The Not-Its and The School of Rock West Seattle House Band. The festival will feature four stages along incredibly scenic Alki Ave. in the Alki Beach neighborhood of West Seattle.
Seattle’s Alki Beach boasts some of the most awesome territorial (city/water/mountain) views the city has to offer, along with the occasional whale sighting, a somewhat diminutive replica of the Statue of Liberty, and some of the best local businesses to boot. We are stoked (and not a little surprised) that the city cleared the permits.
SPF30 will also have...A record fair-type event! A host of local nonprofit organizations! Food trucks! Beer gardens! (The food and beer and wine and soda or whatever, you will have to pay for! These parts are not free!) Good times and opportunities to embarrass yourself and those who’d always hoped for better for you! Plus, bands!
And closing out the weekend is a late show celebrating the unbelievably “coincidental” 15th anniversary of Pissed Jeans held at the Crocodile in Seattle. This show is 21 +, and doors are at 8pm. Tickets are $16 and available here.
It is our hope that SPF30 and Sub Pop’s 30th Anniversary Weekend will serve as a super fun and sincere “thank you” to our local and global music community for supporting Sub Pop and our artists for the past 30 years (and the next 30!).
In addition to celebrating a dynamic, inspirational roster spanning three decades, we also wish to create a sense of uplifting togetherness where we not only listen to great music but we become better at listening to each other as well.
SUB POP’S BIG 30TH ANNIVERSARY KICK-OFF SHOWCASE
THE MURAL AMPHITHEATRE • FREE!!! • 5PM • ALL-AGES
A special concert at the Mural presented by KEXP and Seattle Center with The Afghan Whigs, Mass Gothic, Yuno
A NIGHT OF COMEDY FROM THE CAST OF BOB’S BURGERS THE MOORE THEATRE • $30 • 7PM DOOR • ALL-AGES
Featuring H. Jon Benjamin, Eugene Mirman, Kristen Schaal, Larry Murphy, John Roberts
SPF30: SUB POP’S 30TH ANNIVERSARY FESTIVAL• ALKI BEACH, WEST SEATTLE • FREE!!! • NOON - 10PM • ALL-AGES
On four stages… with Mudhoney, Shabazz Palaces, Wolf Parade, Kyle Craft, Moaning, Beach House, Clipping, Fastbacks, METZ, LVL UP, Loma, Jo Passed, Caspar Babypants, The Not-Its, The School of Rock West Seattle House Band, and Special Guests.
THE CROCODILE • $16 • 8PM DOOR • 21 AND OVER
The Unbelievably “Coincidental” 15th anniversary of Pissed Jeans