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EDM & Art Are Thriving At Bumbershoot (Our Thoughts So Far w/ Photos)

The mood at Bumbershoot 2014 is light, although the sky is a little bit grey. One of the most noticeable things about being here is the swath of people: so many cultures, families, young and old, alone and in big groups, they’re all here. There is so much food, so much art, and so much to look at; one should just wander and take it all in.

Fischer Pavilion (The Pavilion Stage) is a great place to showcase electronic music. Being indoors, you get the full effect of the sound and lights no matter the time of day. Conscious Nights is a huge success for EDM in Seattle. Hook & Sling was incredible, and we love seeing the local support on schedule from PowerUp, Johnny Monsoon, RION, First Class, Gravity Lift, and Dig-Dug. Now we look forward to Savant tonight, and Myon & Shane 54 tomorrow!

Saturday afternoon saw a few acts that flew in from Iceland to visit (on exchange with Iceland Airwaves Festival). Hermigervill brought with him a hip-hop influenced set of beats that the crowd was really feeling. He moved all over the stage and let his long hair (unlike in press pics) flow like a metal head from the 80s. Stopping between songs and telling us the title and influences behind each song, he gave everything a more personal touch.

Young Karin, also from Iceland, is a beautiful vocalist, drummer, and bass player/vocalist. Playing down tempo, lyrical pop, she really packed a crowd; even though there was a big break in between H and YK. Lines for Negativland were ridiculous, and we have a feeling the stage is going to be packed out for the rest of the night.

We spoke with folks from USC who were stoked to have so much coverage at Bumbershoot this year. They are thrilled to get their name out and be part of an eclectic music experience. EDM truly has a home at Bumbershoot this year. We also met Gabriel (Friday host) and Harmony (Monday host) from c89.5. They were very excited to be sponsoring the Pavilion stage with USC.

We also ran into DJ EVA from the Seattle DJ Academy. About 6 months old, the new DJ training experience was inspired by DJ for Life, giving 1:1 DJ lessons for people of all ages.

Wandering around Bumbershoot we were so impressed that the crowd is so well disbursed around the Seattle Center. Saw amazing art exhibits, full of fresh printing and press as well as vintage art. It’s so refreshing to see such a local focus. And our favorite part? A baby wearing blue over-ear headphones. lots of little kids w protective head gear- go Bumbershoot!

Stay tuned for lots of Bumbershoot 2014 coverage over the next week, including interviews, a retrospective, and more!


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