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:
Mike McCready & Friends
The Flavr Blue
Ayron Jones & The Way
The Grizzled Mighty
Brent Amaker and The Rodeo
Brothers From Another
Budo & Kris Orlowski
Astro King Phoenix
Ayo Dot & The Uppercuts