Seattle’s Music & Arts Festival is now in its 40th year. Since 1971, Bumbershoot has drawn artists representing the best in music, film, comedy, spoken word, dance, theatre, performance, and visual arts to the Seattle Center over Labor Day weekend.
North America’s largest urban arts festival, Bumbershoot takes place in the heart of the city at the 74-acre Seattle Center. Over 150,000 visitors from near and far spend the weekend reveling in the world of Bumbershoot, experiencing everything from regional favorites to international superstars across all arts disciplines.
Where does the name Bumbershoot
From the slang:
The word bumbershoot first appeared in the U.S. around 1915–1920. It is thought to be an alteration of the umber- part of umbrella plus a respelling of -chute (as in parachute). Bumbershoot was chosen as the Festival’s name as a metaphor for the Festival being an umbrella for all of the various arts and performers it encompasses.Bumbershoot Festival Line Up - 2013
Heart, Kendrick Lamar, Crystal Castles, Gary Numan, Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience, Maceo Parker, !!!, Icona Pop, Joey Bada$$, Washed Out, Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires, Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, Robert Glasper Experiment, Watsky, ZZ Ward, Diamond Rings, The Physics, Death Cab for Cutie, fun., Tegan and Sara, Matt and Kim, the Breeders, Ra Ra Riot, Beats Antique, Vintage Trouble, The Zombies, Vicci Martinez, Eric Burdon & The Animals, Bob Mould, David Bazan, BASSNECTAR, GTA, MGMT, Allen Stone, alt-J, The Joy Formidable, Trampled By Turtles, Deerhunter, Justin Townes Earle, Kinky, Baroness, Delta Rae, Superchunk, Bajofondo, Lissie, Redd Kross, The Men, Ivan & Alyosha and moreBumbershoot Festival Line Up - 2012
Jane's Addiction, Gotye, AWOLNATION, M. Ward, The Jayhawks, The Helio Sequence, City and Colour, Missy Higgins, The Heavy, Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit, King Khan & The Shrines, Heartless Bastards, Oberhofer, THEESatisfaction, Damien Jurado, JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound, Eyehategod, Prong, Sera Cahoone, The Soul Rebels, Tony Bennett, Mac Miller, Big Sean, Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Keane, Blitzen Trapper, The Promise Ring, Yelawolf, Mudhoney, Wanda Jackson & The Dusty 45's, The Greenhornes with very special guest Eric Burdon, Ian Hunter and the Rant Band, Civil Twilight, Fruit Bats, The Jezabels, Why?, Barcelona, Lee Fields & The Expressions, Harmonica House Party with Lee Oskar & Magic Dick, Katie Herzig, Niki & The Dove, AM & Shawn Lee, thenewno2, Gold Leaves, Karen Lovely, Skrillex, M83, Passion Pit, Best Coast, Low, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, The Vaselines, Fujiya & Miyagi, Fishbone, Kina Grannis, Lights, Rebirth Brass Band, LP, Ty Segall, Hey Marseilles, The Wombats, Ana Tijoux, Foxy Shazam, Bombino, Omar Souleyman, Tyrone Wells, El Vez, Debo Band, Star Anna, Seapony, Bryan John Appleby, Reignwolf and moreBumbershoot Festival Line Up - 2012
Daryl Hall & John Oates, Wiz Khalifa, Ray La Montagne & the Pariah Dogs, Broken Social Scene, The Presidents of the United States of America, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, The Kills, The Reverend Horton Heat, Minus the Bear, Fitz and The Tantrums, Butthole Surfers, Mavis Staples, Carbon Leaf, Little Dragon, Leon Russell, Toro Y Moi, Over the Rhine, Anti-Flag, Phantogram, Grant Lee Buffalo, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Urge Overkill, STRFKR, Das Racist, Shabazz Palaces, The Lonely Forest, Warpaint, Vetiver, Jessica Lea Mayfield, Dam-Funk, NoMeansNo, Charles Bradley, Atari Teenage Riot, Vusi Mahlasela, MarchFourth Marching Band, Vendetta Red, Sharon Van Etten, Brite Futures, Tennis, Dennis Coffey, Thee Oh Sees, EyeHateGod, Nortec Collective Presents: Bostich + Fussible, Väsen, Head Like a Kite, YACHT, Greensky Bluegrass, Mad Rad, Quadron, The Jim Jones Revue, Ian Moore & the Lossy Coils, Champagne Champagne, Grand Hallway, You Am I, Astronautalis, Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside, School of Seven Bells, PS I Love You, Joe Pug and the Hundred Mile Band, Davila 666, My Goodness, AgesandAges, Wayne Horvitz, LAKE, Yuni in Taxco, Kore Ionz, Campfire OK and more