It's the 46th year: Lots of national acts, and a whole bunch of strong Seattle bands, too.
Hip-hop duo Macklemore and Ryan Lewis and indie pop band Death Cab For Cutie both happen to be from Seattle. They’re also among the world-famous headliners announced Monday for Bumbershoot 2016.
Others include hip-hop chart topper Fetty Wap, Australian psych-rockers Tame Impala, Norwegian producers KYGO and Cashmere Cat and the sensational new American singer Halsey, who recently sold out Madison Square Garden. Seattle singer-songwriter Josh Tillman, aka Father John Misty, former drummer for Fleet Foxes, is also on the bill.
This is the 46th installment of the music and arts festival, which will take place Friday, Sept. 2, through Sunday, Sept. 4, at Seattle Center. Wristbands for admission, which start at $180 for a three-day pass, go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, April 29 via Bumbershoot.com.
The festival’s musical lineup features a solid variety of other national acts, particularly in the rap and soul departments: Bryson Tiller, who performed a sold-out show at the Showbox Jan. 25 and whose gold-selling album, “Trapsoul,” peaked at No. 8 on the Billboard charts; supergroup Run the Jewels (El-P and Killer Mike); Tyler, The Creator, of Los Angeles’ Odd Future Collective; and Kamasi Washington, the American jazz saxophonist/composer whose music played a large role in the success of Kendrick Lamar’s platinum album, “To Pimp A Butterfly.”
Though he hasn’t released any new music since 2014, ’80s video star Billy Idol will no doubt appeal to baby boomers (as well as Generation X), as will gospel roots group The Blind Boys of Alabama.
The festival features a slew of strong Seattle bands, including Lemolo, Erik Blood, Chastity Belt, Dude York, Fly Moon Royalty, So Pitted, Pony Time, Lisa Prank, The Flavr Blue and DoNormaal.
Comedy programming features former Seattle comedian Andy Haynes, who has appeared on “Conan” and “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon”; Ron Funches, currently working on the NBC series “Undateable”; and Los Angeles comedian Nick Thune, who was born in Seattle and has appeared in the films “Knocked Up” and “Unaccompanied Minors.”