Classic rocker Elvis Costello, pop band Foster the People and pioneering rap outfit Wu-Tang Clan are three of the headliners booked for Bumbershoot this year. The annual arts festival is presented on Labor Day weekend at Seattle Center, Aug. 30-Sept. 1.
Other big names scheduled to appear at Memorial Stadium — re-embraced as the headliner venue this year — include rappers J. Cole and Schoolboy Q, Seattle neo-folkies The Head and The Heart and rockers Panic! At the Disco and Capital Cities.
The festival also will feature soul stars Bootsy Collins and Bobby Womack and Big Star’s Third, featuring an aggregation of sidemen from various editions of Big Star, including The Posies’ Ken Stringfellow and R.E.M.’s Mike Mills.
Fans of cutting-edge or niche music may be more inspired than the general public by the Bumbershoot lineup, with acts such as campy New Orleans rapper Big Freedia and prankster emcee Danny Brown, jazz singer Gregory Porter, Latin rockers Los Lobos, Colombian techno-world music act Bomba Estéreo, classic punk rockers The Afghan Whigs and Mission of Burma and hip local acts La Luz, Rose Windows and Cumulus all on the bill.
Tickets to Bumbershoot are available in the form of three-day passes ($120), day-specific single-day tickets ($50) and flexible “any-day” tickets ($55) from www.bumbershoot.org/tickets or by calling 206-701-1482. Premium platinum and gold tickets are also available.
Here’s the music lineup so far:
Saturday: Wu-Tang Clan, Elvis Costello and the Imposters, Panic! At the Disco, The Afghan Whigs, The Both, Walk The Moon, G-Easy, Bobby Womack, Danny Brown, Poliça, Mac DeMarco, Big Freedia, SZA, Yuna, The Lonely Forest, Gregory Porter, Sam Lachow, Shelby Earl, Youngblood Hawke, RA Scion, Donnie & Joe Emerson, Fly Moon Royalty, Grayskul, Tomo Nakayama, Iska Dhaaf, McTuff, Naomi Wachira, Evan Flory Barnes + Infinity Upright!, Cataldo, Cumulus, Dude York, Modern Kin, Otieno Terry.
Sunday: The Replacements, The Head and the Heart, Schoolboy Q, Los Lobos, Bootsy Collins, The Dismemberment Plan, Luscious Jackson, Pickwick, Kishi Bashi, Red Fang, Big Star’s Third, Iamsu!, Gregory Alan Isakov, Charlie Musselwhite, Mission of Burma, Architecture in Helsinki, The Dream Syndicate, Schoolyard Heroes, San Fermin, Negativland, Kins, Polyrhythmics, ILLFIGHTYOU, Jarv Dee, Sandrider, The 44’s with Kirk “Eli” Fletcher, Hobosexual, Falls, Highlands, Hermigervill, Manatee Commune, Golden Gardens, Hot Wired Rhythm Band.
Monday: Foster the People, J. Cole, Capital Cities, Neon Trees, Real Estate, Nada Surf, The Reverend Horton Heat, Aer, Twin Shadow, Jonathan Richman, Valerie June, Bomba Estéreo, Hurray for the Riff Raff, Rose Windows, Mexican Institute of Sound, DahkaBrakha, Campfire Ok, Bad Things, Julianna Barwick, Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas, Jacco Gardner, La Luz, Current Swell, Tangerine, Hoba Hoba Spirit, Kore Ionz, Jessica Pratt, Massy Ferguson, Old Man Luedecke, Western Haunts, Smokey Brights.