The fest, now in its 45th year, will be held Sept. 5-7 at Seattle Center.
Chance the Rapper, neo-folk outfit The Punch Brothers, Irish singer-songwriter Hozier, Canadian R&B singer The Weeknd, electronic dance music superstar Bassnectar, indie soul rockers Fitz & the Tantrums and jazz-tinged rapper Flying Lotus are among the acts that will play Bumbershoot 2015.
The announcement was made by festival organizers at a Wednesday morning event at the Skyline level of the Space Needle.
The fest will be held Labor Day weekend, Sept. 5-7.
Mayor Ed Murray kicked off the proceedings by praising Bumbershoot as “back, and better than ever.” Murray was followed by Heather Smith, executive director of One Reel, which produces Bumbershoot. Smith noted that 400,000 artists have appeared since Bumbershoot’s inception 45 years ago.
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One Reel is a nonprofit organization, but has engaged for-profit promoter AEGLive to help restore the event to an even financial keel, after serious losses in 2014.
Rob Thomas, AEGLive’s regional vice president for the Pacific Northwest, introduced a reveal video done as a sendup of the faux-futuristic style of the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair.
The lineup also includes platinum-selling pop star Ellie Goulding, San Francisco rock band Faith No More, European house/dubstep DJ Zedd, punk rockers Social Distortion, Killers lead singer Brandon Flowers, California rockers Cake, bluesman Ben Harper, EDM duo Flosstradamus, Northwest singer-songwriter Neko Case, New York alt-rockers Brand New and the violin-playing performance artist Lindsey Stirling.
Conspicuously absent was the usual slot aimed at baby boomers, which has previously been filled by such artists as Bob Dylan, Bonnie Raitt or Elvis Costello.
“It’s a different year,” acknowledged Bumbershoot media contact Barbara Mitchell.
Bumbershoot tickets are on sale now. A single-day pass is $65; a three-day pass is $149.50-$209.50. (bumbershoot.com/tickets).