Seattle Center; Seattle, WA
Friday, September 2nd – Sunday, September 4th, 2016
Written by Kelsey Rzepecki
Headliners included Death Cab for Cutie, Tame Impala, KYGO, and of course, Seattle’s very own, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis who put on a lengthy 2 hour set. Other mentionable artists included: Pretty Lights, ZHU, Explosions In The Sky, Bryson Tiller, G-Eazy, Third Eye Blind, Fetty Wap, Halsey, and Tyler, The Creator.
I was also pleasantly impressed by many of the lesser known local bands reigning from Seattle such as: Rabbit Wilde, The Flavr Blue, and Shaprece; all incredibly talented acts. A
Overall, Death Cab for Cutie generated the best type of crowd. It was a rare occurrence witnessing a diverse group of fans young to old come together to be a part of a nostalgic performance. There was a strong sense of appreciation and pure happiness felt in the air to witness a performance of a long-time favorite band of so many.
The most energetic crowd was during Tame Impala’s set. His trippy and upbeat instrumentals echoed throughout the Memorial Stadium that spurred a never-ending wave of spastic dancing throughout the crowd.
The performance that lacked excitement was Explosions In the Sky, probably because it was one of the final shows of the night and everyone was either exhausted and/or in the zone watching their performance. B
The grounds were nice and clean until the end of each night when the lawn was lightly littered with garbage. All of the stages were set up closely to each other making it easy and convenient to quickly rush to another show.
Although, the KeyArena always proved to be a zoo with wait times of well over an hour causing a lot of people to miss shows entirely, even if they were in line. The overall sound quality was consistent and very few glitches were experienced. B
You couldn’t have asked for a better end of summer weekend in Seattle. There were sunny skies and temperatures that hit the 70s every day but it got pretty chilly at night. A
Conveniently located in the heart of downtown Seattle, the venue was easy to get to by public transportation, which was the ideal route way to go. Multiple parking garages were available right across the street surrounding Seattle Center. There were not any easily accessible charging stations unless you went indoors into the food court and restrooms. B
In a perfect world, it would have been nice to not have to wait in lines for hours to get into one venue; it turned out to be a bit of a sacrifice for other shows to guarantee that you’ll get to attend the shows you came for.
The Bumbershoot app for the phone was a life saver; giving you live alerts of show times, a map, and other useful tools. A