Bumbershoot Returns To Seattle For 51st Year With Pavement, James Blake, Courtney Barnett & More

2018 Bumbershoot
Bumbershoot Festival at Seattle Center in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Timothy Hiatt/Getty Images)

Bumbershoot Arts and Music Festival returns to Seattle this Labor Day weekend (Aug. 31-Sept.1) for its 51st year with a lineup that includes Pavement, James Blake, Courtney Barnett, Kurt Vile, Kim Gordon, Aly & AJ, Freddie Gibbs and more. It also marks the return of talent buyer Chris Porter, who curated the Bumbershoot lineup from 1997 through 2016.

As always, Bumbershoot continues to support the Northwest’s robust cultural, visual arts and culinary cultures, and is adding a new Animation District to the offerings in and around the Seattle Center. Its 2024 Culinary Arts offerings include more than 50 different Pacific Northwest-focused restaurants, wineries, and breweries.

Single- and two-day passes are available at the Bumbershoot website.

Other nationally recognized acts on the bill include jazz upstarts BADBADNOTGOOD, CHVRCHES’ Lauren Mayberry, rap veterans Cypress Hill, U.K. dance maven Carl Cox, soul vocalist Lee Fields, vintage underground rock acts Mercury Rev, Ted Leo and The Pharmacists and The Polyphonic Spree, a rare on-stage pairing of singer/songwriters Madison Cunningham and Andrew Bird and goth icons Lol Tolhurst x Budgie.

This year’s lineup will also feature performances from rising talents like Squirrel Flower, Moor Mother, Psymon Spine, Rocket, Automatic, Corridor and Disq.

A celebration of the Pacific Northwest’s unique culture, Bumbershoot is a full-spectrum arts and music experience – from punk to performance art, ballet to wrestling, pole dancing to roller skating, food to fashion, and all manner of ingenuity in between.

Celebrating creators and innovators of all kinds, Bumbershoot breaks stereotypes, champions a more inclusive art community, and bets on the dreamers, makers, and performers who call the Pacific Northwest home.

First produced in 1971, Bumbershoot is now produced by New Rising Sun, a seasoned team of concert promoters and visual arts producers dedicated to supercharging the iconic Bumbershoot brand.

New Rising Sun manages and operates Bumbershoot on behalf of Third Stone, a nonprofit that houses the annual Bumbershoot Festival and its workforce development program for underserved young people. Third Stone’s mission is to foster an inclusive and sustainable Pacific Northwest arts economy through youth education and community-driven programming.

It’s also the beneficiary of sponsors including Amazon, the Ballmer Family, Guayakí Yerba Mate, the Seattle Center, and Starbucks.