Sub Pop's free SPF30 bash hits West Seattle on Aug. 11, but the anniversary celebration starts the night before.
It was pretty much guaranteed to be one of the hottest outdoor summer concerts, and naturally, the lineup doesn’t disappoint.
Back in January, Sub Pop announced it was throwing itself an Alki Beach party on Aug. 11 to commemorate its 30th anniversary. On Tuesday, Seattle’s big little indie label revealed the lineups for the West Seattle bash and three other anniversary shows culled from its deep roster.
Dubbed SPF30, the four-stage blowout at the beach features dream-pop heavyweights Beach House, beloved locals Mudhoney and Shabazz Palaces, Wolf Parade, Kyle Craft, noise-rap trio Clipping, punk-rock wrecking ball Metz, Moaning, Jo Passed, Loma, LVL UP and Seattle punk pioneers Fastbacks.
A more family-friendly stage at the Alki Playground near Whale Tail Park includes Caspar Babypants, the Not-Its and the School of Rock West Seattle House Band.
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While the free Alki Beach party runs from noon to 10 p.m., Sub Pop vets Pissed Jeans plays a ticketed show that night at the Crocodile celebrating the punk rockers’ 15 years as a band (8 p.m., $16).
The festivities actually start the night before with another free concert in collaboration with KEXP at Seattle Center’s Mural Amphitheatre (5 p.m. Aug. 10) featuring alt-rock staples the Afghan Wigs, Mass Gothic and Yuno. Over at the Moore Theatre, a ticketed comedy show ($30, 7 p.m.) with the cast of “Bob’s Burgers” — including H. Jon Benjamin, Eugene Mirman, Kristen Schaal, Larry Murphy and John Roberts — benefits YouthCare, a Seattle organization aimed at ending youth homelessness. A presale starts 10 a.m. Wednesday using the code “LOSER30” with remaining tickets on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, June 1.
Announcing the lineup on KEXP this morning, Sub Pop CEO Megan Jasper said the label is working with the city on transportation options for the West Seattle megaparty — which also features a “record fair-type event,” food trucks and beer gardens — to ease congestion. Details will be revealed later.
It’ll already be a busy week for Seattle music, with Pearl Jam also playing its first hometown shows in five years at Safeco Field on Aug. 8 and Aug. 10. Better stock up on the sunscreen.