After staying hushed for months, the inaugural edition of the Upstream Music Fest and Summit finally has a lineup. Taking place in Pioneer Square the weekend of May 11–13, Paul Allen's Northwest counter to SXSW will feature Flying Lotus, AlunaGeorge, Shabazz Palaces, and a ridiculously deep collection of local acts. The summit—more a gathering for the music industry—boasts talks from Macklemore, Quincy Jones, and more. While there's certainly plenty of terrific Seattle talent on the bill—Mike McCready, the Maldives, Shelby Earl, Dave B, Chris Staples, DoNormaal, and Tangerine to name just a few—without huge headliners (Flying Lotus and Shabazz Palaces are tremendous, but far from massive draws), it remains to be seen if people will actually drop over a $100 on an Upstream badge when they can see most of the acts around town for a fraction of the cost without the festival chaos.
Passes for Upstream Music Fest and Summit are on sale now at UpstreamMusicFest.com. Basic festival passes run $110–$135, ones that include the summit cost $225–$325, and a VIP option is available for $425.
Upstream Music Fest and Summit 2017 Lineup:
Flying Lotus | AlunaGeorge | Shabazz Palaces | Snarky Puppy | Beat Connection | Iska Dhaaf | Mike McCready and Friends | Thunderpussy | Rabbit Wilde | Xavier Omär | Dave B | The Flavr Blue | Polyrhythmics | Hibou | The Maldives | Grace Love | Motopony | Ayron Jones and the Way | The Grizzled Mighty | Brent Amaker and the Rodeo | Brothers From Another | Budo and Kris Orlowski | Chris Staples | Laura Gibson | Maszer | Acapulco Gold | Acid Tongue | Adam Nystrom | :30 | Aos | Astro King Phoenix | Ayo Dot and the Uppercuts | Bad Luck | Bardo:Basho | Biome | Birch Pereira and the Gin Joints | Boots to the Moon | Boyfriends| Brite Lines | Ca$h Bandicoot | Chimurenga Renaissance | Constant Lovers | Cosmos | Cuff Lynx | Deep Creep | DoNormaal | Dream Journal | Dust Moth | Eldridge Gravy and the Court Supreme | En Canto | FKL | Freeway Park | Gail Pettis | Gibraltar | Gifted Gab | Grynch | Guayaba | Gypsy Temple | James Apollo | Key Nyata | Kirt Debique | Lonely Mountain Lovers | Mackned | Maiah Manser | Memwav | Nacho Picasso | Naomi Moon Siegel | Natasha Kmeto | Navvi | Neu Yeuth | Nyles Davis | Ok Sweetheart | Ole Tinder | Parisalexa | Pink Parts | R-Pal | Raica | Ramzi | Reverend Dollars | Romaro Franceswa | Ruler | Saint Claire | Sashay | SassyBlack | SaxG | Shaprece | Shawn Parker | Shelby Earl| Sisters | Smokey Brights | So Pitted | Star Anna | SSDD | Tangerine | Tay Sean | Taylar Elizza Beth | Tea Cozies | Tezeta Band | The Cold 102’s | The Hasslers | The Hollers | The Last Artful, Dodgr | The Spider Ferns | The Warren G. Hardings | Tiffany Wilson | Travis Thompson| Versing | Warm Gun | Wayne Horvitz’s Electric Circus | Wild Powwers |Year of Death | Youryoungbody | Yu Su | Zelli | Will Jordan
Upstream Music Fest and Summit
May 11–13, Pioneer Square, $110–$425