Its May, and you know what that means - festival season is upon us! Here, in no particular order, are my suggestions for this summer's music and arts festivals, feel free to make any suggestions in the comments section.
1. Northwest Folklife Festival, Seattle WA,May 24-27th 2013,
Certainly one of the cheaper (OK, the cheapest) festivals in the area this summer, admission is by donation, and it caters to a wide variety of musical/artistic tastes and interests.
Website and Full Schedule here...
2. Vancouver Island Music Fest, Comox Valley Fairgrounds, July 12th-14th 2013
This festival has previously been ranked one of the best outdoor festivals in North America. It often has While significantly more expensive than the other festivals I've mentioned, Its worth it if you're into more obscure or traditional folk music over pop-folk and indie rock, or if you want to attend a more rural festival.
Music Festival website
2. Vancouver Folk Festival, Vancouver BC, July 19-21st, 2013
The festival schedule hasn't been announced yet, but this is certainly one of the more affordable folk festivals in BC, especially for seniors and students. Weekend passes for university students (with ID) are $90 for the weekend, and $65 for seniors. I'll likely post about this again after the full schedule is announced. Vancouver Folk Fest website
3. Capitol Hill Block Party, Seattle WA, July 26th-28th 2013.
Single day passes (for $40) and weekend passes ($115) on sale now. Arguably, the major draw this year is The Flaming Lips, although the lineup includes well known indie bands such as STRFKR, Pickwick, and Hey Marseilles!, as well as lesser-known, but still good local bands like Katie Kate, and Unnatural Helpers.
4. Bumbershoot, Seattle WA, August 31st - September 2nd.
For the last two years, this festival appears to have been heading downhill, as ticket prices increased, and the variety of musicians, artists, and performers decreased. Essentially, it seemed to be headed in the same direction as Sasquatch (poorly managed, overpriced, and overrated). However, this year's lineup has a significant number of well known artists (FUN, Tegan and Sara, Deathcab For Cutie) to as well as well known indie bands (Matt and Kim, Ra Ra Riot, Thao and the Get Down Stay Down) and a variety of lesser known local indie bands (Sol, Kithkin, The Redwood Plan)