Take a second and think about what the words “music festival” made you think of five years ago. As a Seattleite, names that come to mind include the west coast favorite Coachella, Sasquatch at the Gorge, Folklife and Labor Day weekend’s Bumbershoot
. Bumbershoot was the place to be over Labor Day weekend when I was in college if you wanted to see some of your favorite top 40 artists or discover some new up-and-coming indie bands. These festivals didn’t have too much to do with electronic music even a few short years ago.
To put this into perspective, a few of the top headliners at Coachella in 2008-2010 were Paul McCartney, Amy Winehouse, Jack Johnson, Muse and the Gorillaz. Granted, their Sahara dance tent has always existed, with A-list DJs like Paul Oakenfold
and Tiesto performing as far back as 2002. But, this year’s Sahara tent grew to a whopping 500 x 200 ft, with a height of 80 ft and LED ceiling panels that mirrored those seen at Ultra. An American football field, including end zones, is 360 ft. long and 160 ft wide. That’s a lot of ravers.
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Hardwell with a few of his closest friends at Coachella[/caption]
This year, Bumbershoot is doing a special artist spotlight series titled “EDM at EMP” and I couldn’t be more excited. The festival has teamed up with Trinity Nightclub and Seattle EDM promoting company USC Events to feature a number of local and visiting electronic artists to play at the Experience Music Project’s internal venue, the Sky Church. In addition to this special, EDM-centric section of the festival, there will also be a number of awesome DJs coming into Seattle to throw down at Bumbershoot this weekend.
Stressed out by the extensive schedule? Reading maps make you nervous? Don’t worry EDM children, I will show you the electronic ways of Bumbershoot. However, don't forget to check out all of the other awesome music, comedy, art and film that the festival has to offer!
Saturday, August 31
Dannic – 10:00p @ EMP Sky Church
To be honest, I hadn't heard about Dannic prior to his addition to the EDM at EMP showcase, but upon listening to his music I highly recommend you check him out. Hailing from the Netherlands town of Breda (shared by big name DJs Hardwell
), Dannic's intense house beats are sure to get your Saturday night going. Chances are you've heard some of your favorite artists drop his song "Ignite" at a festival this summer.
Cookie Monsta – 11:00p @ EMP Sky Church
Calling all wompers!! It's 11 p.m. and you've been at Bumbershoot all day; chances are you're a little tired and in need of another pick me up. Better hold on to your faces kids, because this member of Doctor P
& Flux Pavilion
's Circus Records is going to drop some dirty, grimy, nasty beats. Don't the calm beginning of his songs fool you; Cookie Monsta's got some serious bass and he's not afraid to use it.
Locals not to miss:
Sean Majors – 8:00p @ EMP Sky Church
Hyperfunk – 9:00p @ EMP Sky Church
Sunday, September 1
DJ Girl 6 – 9:00p @ EMP Sky Church
Now, I've gotta give some love to the ladies. DJ Girl 6 is based out of Las Vegas and has a great mix of hip-hop/old school techno vibes. She's even got a little bit of trap up her sleeve, so be sure to catch her set because come on, female DJs are few and far between!
Beats Antique – 8:45p @ Fountain Lawn Stage
Are you getting sick of all of the "American" music? Want to take a trip to the other side of the world for some dubby music that's both groovy and exotic? Grab your blanket, take a seat on the grass and close your eyes, drifting away to the sounds of Beats Antique. You'll open them forgetting that you're in Seattle, not Delhi. If you're not looking to relax, their music's also amazing to dance to.
DJ White Shadow – 10:45p @ EMP Sky Church
Head back over to the Sky Church for some awesome house and trap with DJ White Shadow. He just put out an incredibly fantastic remix of Lady Gaga's "Applause" which has gotten over 190,000 views in six days. It's got a great festival beat and is a track that's currently on my workout playlist. His original stuff is just as good as his remixes, so this will be a great place to end your Sunday evening.
Locals not to miss:
– 7:00p @ EMP Sky Church
Rise Over Run
– 7:45p @ EMP Sky Church
Monday, September 2
MGMT – 3:30p @ Mainstage (Key Arena)
Ok, so I know that MGMT is a little more pop-y but technically they're electronic and they're a show not to be missed! If you haven't heard of MGMT yet...come on man, where have you been? Head over to the Key for a great hype-up show in the middle of the afternoon.
GTA – 8:15p @ Mainstage (Key Arena)
As much as I hate those tracks where people yell "RUN THA TRAAAAAAP", that's exactly what GTA will do. These guys have absolutely blown up within the past year, and spent a large chunk of their summer opening up for Rihanna
on the European portion of her Diamonds World Tour. They boast tracks with the likes of Diplo
, A-Trak, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike
and many more. Better end your last night at Bumbershoot with a bang!
Bassnectar – 9:45p @ Mainstage (Key Arena)
We drop...BASS IN YO FACE. I couldn't be more bumped to see Bassnectar again; Lorin seriously knows how to get the crowd going. It's almost the end of Labor Day weekend, so you better go crazy for Bassnectar, who's on tour after the release of his most recent mixtape
Locals not to miss:
No EDM locals this day…but check out the Zombie Walk