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Into the Numbers: The Pacific Northwest Loves The Glitch Mob

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The Glitch Mob is returning to Seattle for an intimate club set as part of their Levitation Tour in mid-February, following their late-January show in Portland. Swings through multiple Northwest cities whenever they’re around is nothing new, and we couldn’t be happier about it.

Given the consistently packed crowds and wide variety of venues available in the PNW, it’s not surprising the group has performed around 30 shows in our corner of the continent throughout their decade-plus together.

Their shows around here generally sell-out, like their most recent performance at 45 East in Portland. The same goes for their set in Seattle at Q Nightclub on February 15. While major acts selling-out shows in major EDM markets isn’t earth-shattering intel, the Northwest’s connection with The Glitch Mob is different.

We know the atmosphere at most performances from The Glitch Mob around the world are special. Whether it’s at Coachella, EDC, or your club or festival of choice, the group has showcased their ability to translate their show and sound to a multitude of venues and audiences.

They’ve also managed to reach mainstream success, featuring in television ads, performing at the X Games, and teaming up with League of Legends for the Worlds 2018 theme. At the same time, the trio has avoided the hate and ridicule many acts (such as Rezz, Marshmello, and more) are sometimes saddled with when they’ve been discovered by, and marketed to, a broader audience.

All of that is great, and adds to our love of The Glitch Mob. But we’ve got history with the group that no other locale can claim.

Although the initital members originally met in Los Angeles, it wasn’t until their b2b2b performance at The Living Room stage at Shambhala 2006 that the wheels were put in motion. While not technically the first show from “The Glitch Mob,” the set began a journey that is still going today. A journey that started in the Northwest.

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The Glitch Mob at The Roseland Theater in Portland – May 2015 (Credit: Dance Music Northwest)

They’ve since become Northwest staples, making sure to include as much of the region as they can with each visit. Their first trip as “The Glitch Mob” came in May of 2008 at the Nectar Lounge in Seattle, during their first handful of performances. They’d then play at Shambhala in August of the same year. In both 2009 and 2010, the trio would make stops in Portland, Vancouver, and Seattle, with additional shows in Whistler and Victoria along the way.

After a couple of Northwest festival performances in 2011, a small break came. In that time, the group wrote Love, Death, Immortality and created their “Blade” stage show. Both were unleashed in 2014, during which The Glitch Mob performed six times in the Northwest.

The performances didn’t stop there, and neither would the new music. Between additional trips to Sasquatch! and Shambhala, as well as several smaller shows throughout the Northwest, The Glitch Mob have made sure to include as much of the PNW as they could in their touring schedules for years.

All while releasing 2018’s See Without Eyes, upgrading their stage show with the “Blade 2.0”, running Glass Air Records, and releasing music with side and solo projects.

The constant creativity, incredible consistency, and letting their work speak for itself are all things that make The Glitch Mob stand-out. Those are also all traits that people, especially music fans, in the Northwest hold in high regard. The ability of The Glitch Mob to push boundaries while maintaining their ethos is something music fans in our region have long valued in artists of all genres.

They’ll be showcasing those very traits once again at Q Nightclub on February 15th. Although it’s the day after Valentine’s Day, we have no doubt the sold-out crowd in Seattle will have plenty of love leftover to shower The Glitch Mob with.

The show will, of course, be something new and different from our old friends: an intimate club set. The trio had to make sure to make a couple of Northwest stops on such a tour. Getting a mix of deep-cuts, remixes, and tunes from artists the group themselves enjoy, fans in attendance will undoubtedly be reminded of the special connection the Pacific Northwest has with The Glitch Mob.

We wouldn’t have it any other way.

Let us know what you think of The Glitch Mob and if you went to their show in Portland, or will be attending the show in Seattle! Comment on Facebook, or reply on Twitter!

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