The music and arts festival opened Friday afternoon to decent crowds and some popular performers.

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The weather couldn’t make up its mind Friday for the opening day of Bumbershoot — first it was warm, then it sprinkled a touch, then it was warm, then gray again — but the large crowds that flooded through the gates as early as 2 p.m. had no such hesitations.

They made a beeline for nearly all the stages, large and small, and got down to drinking and dancing and cheering and texting with great dispatch.

As always, there were lots of young first-timers, among them a gaggle of high-schoolers from Sequim, who said they’d come to see Macklemore, Fetty Wap, Michael Franti, G-Eazy and Billy Idol, among others.


• Festival gates open 1:30 p.m. daily.

• Box-office hours at the Mercer Street entrance: Friday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.

• Bumbershoot allows re-entry until 8:30 p.m.

• Schedules also are subject to change. Check website for updates at

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“My friend told me about it,” said senior Rachel Campbell, 17, pointing to her pal, Tori Phillips, in the same class.

Campbell and Phillips well represented the youthful crowd, which ranged in age through 30-somethings but not much older, with a few exceptions.

There was a lot of good music for them to hear, even in the early hours of the day.

Rapper Teron Bell of Seattle’s fine, sax-propelled, neo-soul group Cosmos — which won EMP’s “Sound Off” competition this year — delivered a set with both tenacious conviction and romantic warmth at the Mural Amphitheatre.

Grungy new local rock band Snuff Redux saluted the temperate weather with jangling guitars and a declamatory vocal on its sweet ballad “Disintegrate the Days” over in the cozy lobby of KEXP.

Out on the grounds, the colorful Lieu Quan Lion Dance Team gamboled down the walkway by the fountain, gongs clanging, playfully harassing bystanders.

Australian band Atlas Genius attracted an enormous crowd at Fisher Green. Lead singer Keith Jeffery and his group recalled the commanding polish and musical precision of Sting and The Police.

At Memorial Stadium, New York band Lewis Del Mar projected a dark, heavy sound anchored by staccato guitar riffs and booming bass, as lead singer Danny Miller drawled impassioned, throaty vocals.

The crowd was small for these relative unknowns, but the place filled to the gills a half-hour later when Los Angeles producer and Odd Future founder Tyler, the Creator came on.

That seemed to indicate attendance this year is strong, though the weekend is young.

There’s much more to come, including Run the Jewels, Pretty Lights, Donna Missal, G-Eazy, Tame Impala and Death Cab For Cutie.