Seattle’s Bumbershoot festival has boasted some of the most eclectic lineups around in recent years – and the 2012 festival lineup announced today promises even more unlikely pairings than before. After all, where else can you catch Tony Bennett and Jane’s Addiction on consecutive days? Or wander from a jazz stage, to a heavy metal stage, to the latest indie pop sensation?
One Reel, the guys behind Bumbershoot, have done their best to keep ticket prices competitive in 2012 too. There are some changes to the ticketing system again, so pay attention… Tickets for Bumbershoot 2012 are available for purchase now, at the discounted price of $110 for 3-day admission and $40 for a single day-specific ticket. Prices will increase throughout the summer with a final day-of-show price of $135 for 3-day admission, or $55 for a single day. The popular Any Day ticket returns again from last year – this time for $45 – allowing patrons the flexibility to purchase tickets now for less than day-of-show prices, but choose which day they want to attend once the full lineup has been released. Ticket details can be found, and tickets can be bought, at the official Bumbershoot website.
Which brings us back to that lineup. There are still Mainstage acts to be announced, so there’s more to come, but it already looks like a year for must-see acts. Skrillex has already turned into the year’s hottest dance ticket, while Bennett boasts enough crossover appeal to please both young and old. Further down the bill there are plenty of hot acts too, including M. Ward, Keane, The Heavy, Passion Pit, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, and local heroes Hey Marseilles. Plus this year Sub Pop will be co-curating their own stage, featuring the likes of Mudhoney, Blitzen Trapper, Low, Thee Satisfaction, and The Vaselines. Throw in genre-specific stages covering Americana, Blues, Jazz, and Heavy Metal (as well as to-be-announced literary, comedy, visual arts, film, dance, theater and Youngershoot programming) – and you have a festival.
It isn’t always easy to cater to all tastes across a three-day festival, but in 2012 it looks like Bumbershoot may come pretty close. Now, if we can just have that hot summer we’ve been promised…
Here are the bands announced so far for Bumbershoot 2012:
The Helio Sequence
City and Colour
Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit
King Khan & The Shrines
JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound
The Soul Rebels
Don’t Talk to the Cops!
The Barr Brothers
Eight and a Half
Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra
The Promise Ring
Wanda Jackson & The Dusty 45’s
The Greenhornes with Very Special Guest Eric Burdon
Ian Hunter and the Rant Band
Lee Fields & The Expressions
Harmonica House Party with Lee Oskar & Magic Dick
Niki and the Dove
AM & Shawn Lee
Deep Sea Diver
Eldridge Gravy & The Court Supreme
Ty Curtis Band
The Young Evils
Eighteen Individual Eyes
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
Fujiya & Miyagi
Rebirth Brass Band
Bryan John Appleby
Super Geek League
Ghosts I’ve Met
More artists, including Mainstage acts, will be announced in the coming weeks.
UPDATE: Further artists have been announced, including this year’s surprise hitmaker Gotye.
FURTHER UPDATE: The following acts have also been added: Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings / Best Coast / Missy Higgins / Cosmetics / The Miracles Club / Lights From Space. Also announced is the Heavy Metal Showcase co-curated by Dana Sims from El Corazon: Eyehategod / Prong / Black Breath / The Spittin’ Cobras