Upstream Music Fest + Summit Reveals All 300-Plus Artists On Its Lineup

With more than double the number of artists than last year’s Bumbershoot, Upstream looks enormous.

That ginormous poster you see above is the official lineup for the first annual Upstream Music Fest + Summit, Vulcan’s festival set for May 11-13 in Pioneer Square.

If you’ll notice, it’s a very big lineup.

Just how big, you ask? Well, with just over 300 artists, it’s more than twice the size of Bumbershoot 2016, and almost 7.5 times the size of this year’s upcoming Sasquatch (at just around 40 artists). Upstream’s hugeness prompts that age old question—is size more important, or is it all about how you use it?

Judging by the lineup here, Upstream’s wielding its formidable Vulcan/Paul Allen resources to do some very interesting things. True to their word, the festival is overwhelmingly local, something that was made clear by the first flight of artists announced back in February. This morning’s announcement piles on globs more of local excellence, including some of Tacoma rap’s best and brightest, ILLFIGHTYOU and Bujemane (coming out of retirement perhaps? Debuting his punk band?) Portland electonic producer Natasha Kmeto will represent Oregon along with perennial punks The Thermals, and Boise gets some love with Magic Sword and Western Daughter. Fans of Sub Pop’s riffy classic sound will be excited about Dinosaur Jr. and Metz’s addition, while Seattle’s burgeoning electronic scene will likely dig the addition of Gary, Indiana footwork innovator Jlin, whose few appearances in Seattle have been warmly welcomed. Oh, and also, Ron Jones, the composer of the theme music for Family Guy, Duck Tales, Smurfs and Star Trek: TNG will be speaking… with Mike McCready. Really, with 300-plus artists and the guy who wrote the Smurf song, there’s going to be a little something for everyone.

Parse through the full lineup for yourself here, and check out upstreammusicfest.com for ticket options (starting at $40) and the full list of participating venues.

More in Music

Tune In to the Lovesick Stylings of LV:SK FM

Martín Sepulveda’s hip-hop debut deconstructs masculinity and the complexities of love.

Last Night a DJ Saved My Life

As appetites for live music fade, Seattle’s independent venues see the light in dance nights.

The Top 5 Local Records To Look Forward to This Fall

Don’t miss new albums from Macklemore, IVVY, Versing, Mackned, and Darto.

Who Is She?’s Seattle Anti-Freeze

The new project from members of Lisa Prank, Tacocat, and Chastity Belt is blazing a path for romcom-core.

The Best Local Records We Heard This July

DoNormaal, Shabazz Palaces and Heavy Petting’s new ones have layers upon layers upon layers.

As Housing Prices Rise, Seattle’s Underground Music Scene Feels the Strain

The denizens of Seattle’s DIY spaces say the new economy is making it harder to host the kind of shows that foster young bands and create space for marginalized music fans.

Seattle’s Music Scene Comes Together to Block White Nationalist Bands

Amid concerns of a growing fascist presence in local clubs, bookers, bartenders, and musicians are swapping strategies to stop hate.

SneakGuapo’s Got an Eye Trained on the Future in ‘Guapseason’

The rapper and ThraxxHouse forerunner’s latest is meant to be played loudly.

Most Read