Upstream Music Fest lineup announced — and it’s huge

The first half of the massive Upstream Music Fest + Summit lineup includes some names you already know, and others you’ll discover.

Flying Lotus, AlunaGeorge, Shabazz Palaces, Snarky Puppy and Beat Connection are headlining the inaugural Upstream Music Fest + Summit, to be held May 11-13 around Pioneer Square.

The three-day festival will ultimately include more than 200 acts playing across 25 stages. The first half of that list is below.

Upstream is a collaboration among philanthropist and music geek Paul Allen, radio station KEXP and the Alliance for Pioneer Square. Its aim is to nurture emerging artists, while showcasing established acts.

“Our lineup celebrates the Northwest,” Upstream curator Meli Darby said in a statement. “We aren’t defined by one genre or style, but by the diversity of our regional sound.”

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By day, some 200 artists will gather at the CenturyLink Field Event Center with music professionals, technologists and creatives to talk about how to succeed in the industry. There will be interactive keynotes, breakout sessions, cross-industry discussions and mentoring workshops for local artists.

In the evening, the artists will perform in more than 25 spaces and venues throughout Pioneer Square and CenturyLink Field’s North Lot.

The final lineup will be announced this spring. For now, the first dizzying, diverse round is as follows:



Shabazz Palaces

Snarky Puppy

Beat Connection

Iska Dhaaf

Mike McCready & Friends


Rabbit Wilde

Xavier Omär

Dave B

The Flavr Blue



The Maldives

Grace Love


Ayron Jones & The Way

The Grizzled Mighty

Brent Amaker and The Rodeo

Brothers From Another

Budo & Kris Orlowski

Chris Staples

Laura Gibson


Acapulco Gold

Acid Tongue

Adam Nystrom



Astro King Phoenix

Ayo Dot & The Uppercuts

Bad Luck




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