For 43 years, the Bumbershoot arts festival has turned Labor Day weekend at Seattle Center into a multi-disciplinary celebration of art in all its thought-provoking, head-turning, perspective-altering, and occasionally funny-bone-tickling glory.
Bumbershoot – from August 31 to September 2 this year – has continually distinguished itself by offering one of the most diverse and carefully curated musical lineups in the world, in addition to a full spectrum of arts programming that includes comedy, theatre, film, literary, visual arts, and spectacle elements.
Its popular literary and lecture program Words & Ideas uses conversations, performances, and readings to explore the points where pop culture, new media, literature, theories, and trends intersect and explode into new cultural phenomena.
Zombies will be everywhere at Bumbershoot this year, roving the grounds as part of the Festival’s spectacle programming and popping up in its Words & Ideas series. They’ll also be performing as part of the musical lineup – albeit in the form of legendary power-pop band The Zombies.
That legacy act joins hometown heroes like Death Cab for Cutie (playing their seminal album Transatlanticism in its entirety) and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members Heart, Grammy-winning band fun., rising hip hop star Kendrick Lamar and breakthrough EDM act BASSNECTAR as one of 100-plus musical acts performing at the Seattle Center over Labor Day weekend.
Bumbershoot® is produced by One Reel in collaboration with Seattle Center. Bumbershoot stretches across the 74-acre Seattle Center beneath the city’s iconic Space Needle. Bumbershoot programs a diverse array of arts including live music, comedy, Words & Ideas, theatre, film, visual arts, children’s programming, and the Indie Market featuring urban crafts.
Festival details are located at bumbershoot.org. For ticket information click on bumbershoot.org/tickets.
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