The inaugural Upstream Music Fest + Summit closed last weekend with strong attendance and 390+ live shows! Founded by philanthropist and Microsoft co-founder Paul G. Allen and inspired by his love of live music, Upstream Music Festival + Summit was conceived to celebrate the sound of the region and provide the industry with an experience that fosters and supports Northwest artists at every level of their career. No single genre or style defined the Northwest and Upstream’s final lineup which featured a diverse mix of rock, hip-hop, electronic, pop, R&B, soul, jazz, folk and more.
The first year event drew more than 30,000 attendees throughout the weekend, with an estimated 5,000 more people who attended the free shows programmed by KEXP in Occidental Park and engaged with the seven art installations throughout the festival footprint. Art installation “Liminal Passage” was a hit with consistent lines of people waiting to experience the piece.
It has always been our mission to create a festival that would shine a light on the amazing sound of the Pacific Northwest. We couldn’t be happier that the first year of Upstream brought together so many members of the music community and music lovers from around the region, … We want to thank all of our artists, speakers and sponsors for their incredible support and participation this inaugural year, and we look forward to the future. -Jeff Vetting, executive director
The experience of walking through Pioneer Square over the last three days, hearing so many of the region’s most promising bands and seeing attendees discover new talent has been surreal, … This is what the music scene in the Northwest is all about—discovering new music and people collaborating across genres and styles. – Meli Darby, Upstream curator
Through close collaboration between the neighborhood and Upstream, the residents and businesses successfully welcomed more than 30,000 visitors to Pioneer Square, … We were honored to give event attendees a sense of what makes our neighborhood and its thriving creative spirit so exceptional. -Karen True of the Alliance for Pioneer Square
EmeraldCityEDM attended the event and we were very impressed by the AlunaGeorge show. She sang all of her major hits produced with Bauer, Disclosure and more; and was just as amazing live as in the studio. The main stage was positioned at an angle where you could see Seattle behind it, which was a thoughtful touch. Many of the electronic acts that were playing at venues other than the main stage reached capacity quickly, so we spent time checking out bands that we otherwise normally wouldn’t have experienced. We loved the Smith Tower venue, which was a very unique experience – what other festival has events in an iconic scyscraper on the top of the city?!?!?! Great job to everyone involved and thank you for inviting us and putting on the event ♥
Beat Connection from the main stage:
Flying Lotus and the Amazon “Pyramid” beer garden:
Hope to see you again next year Upstream!
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