Since the inception of Decibel Festival in 2003 and the inaugural festival in 2004, it’s been getting progressively stronger in its talent and overall presence. In its eighth year, Decibel is expanding into 11 venues including The Paramount Theatre, The Showbox at the Market, The Crocodile and Fred Wildlife Refuge–Decibel Festival 2011 is going to be bigger than ever. In addition to these new venue partnerships, Founder, President and Curator Sean Horton is going to be taking Decibel to Bumbershoot for the first time with dedicated stages and hand-picked showcases. What does this mean for the quality of club shows vs. the Bumbershoot showcases? Since there is a lot more content, will the overall quality of both festivals be watered down? Sean Horton answers these question as well as giving us a brief history of how Decibel Festival got started in the video interview below. He also shares a few secrets of who will be performing at this year’s festival. Check it out, and see the full announcement below.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE : APRIL 20TH, 2011
2011 has been a landmark year for Decibel, which has produced a record 21 events over the past four months, including some stunning, sold out performances by Trentemoller, Mount Kimbie, Carl Craig, Beats Antique, Simian Mobile Disco and Kevin Saunderson. Though we’re slowing down the pace to focus more heavily on the festival program, our spring concert calendar continues to impress with likes of Robert Henke/Monolake, Ramadanman/Pearson Sound, Soul Clap, Wolf + Lamb and an already sold out, Northwest debut performance from James Blake (see event calendar below).
In addition to the host of events we’ve been producing this year, Decibel is pleased to announce our programming partnership with the 2011 Bumbershoot Festival, which will be taking place September 3rd through the 5th at Seattle Center. Now in its 41st year, Bumbershoot is North America’s largest urban arts festival (Over 150,000 visitors). Decibel will be curating and producing various events for this year’s edition (more TBA later this spring). You can expect a familiar blend of leading-edge multimedia explorations, highlighting the vast world of electronic music.
Last but not least, the 8th edition of the Decibel International Festival of Electronic Music Performance, Visual Art and New Media will be taking place September 28th through October 2nd, throughout Seattle. This year we’re pleased to announce several new venue partners, including The Paramount Theatre, The Showbox Market, The Crocodile and Fred Wildlife Refuge. Additional venues for the 2011 program include Neumos, The Triple Door, The Baltic Room and The Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya (more venues TBA). With increased venue capacities and new downtown locations, we anticipate the 2011 to be our most exciting and well attended program to date. Discounted, early-bird passes for the 2011 Decibel Festival go on sale May 1st. Stay tuned to dBFestival.com, Facebook.com/DecibelFestival or Twitter.com/dBFestival for more info.
Thanks again to everyone for the continued support and we look forward to what lies ahead in 2011.
Sean Horton Decibel Festival / Decibel Productions – Founder, President and Curator
DECIBEL SPRING EVENT CALENDAR
4.20 / ROBERT HENKE w/ SEICHE vs RANDY JONES & MICHAEL MANAHAN@ The Rebar : FB/TIX
4.22 / MONOLAKE w/ NORDIC SOUL & JUSTIN TIBMRELINE @ The Baltic Room : FB/TIX
4.27 / PEARSON SOUND / RAMADANMAN, ZED BIAS & DISTAL @ The Baltic Room : FB/TIX
5.13 / WOLF + LAMB vs SOUL CLAP @ Chop Suey : FB/TIX 5.19 / JAMES BLAKE w/ guests @ The Tractor Tavern (SOLD OUT!!!) : FB/TIX
DECIBEL AT BUMBERSHOOT
One Reel and Decibel Festival are pairing up to bring technologically driven music to Bumbershoot 2011. EMP Sky Church will serve as a state-of-the-art venue featuring some of the best regional and national talent that electronic music has to offer. With a focus on live performance and video accompaniment, the Decibel Stage in EMP Sky Church promises to enthrall attendees through leading-edge multimedia explorations, highlighting the vast world of electronic music.
“Seattle harbors one of the most diverse and vibrant electronic music communities in North America,” stated Sean Horton, Decibel Festival founder and curator. “We’re looking forward to the opportunity to reach a wider audience at this year’s Bumbershoot.”
“One of Bumbershoot’s primary responsibilities is to champion remarkable artists and organizations who contribute to the culture of our community,” stated Jon Stone, One Reel Executive Director. “I have watched with great admiration as Sean Horton and his grassroots organization have hand-built the next evolution in the Seattle electronic music and arts scene, and we are honored to work with his organization this year.”
Tickets can be purchased online through THE STRANGER TICKETING or by phone at 206.701.1482. Patrons will be able to print tickets at home, or choose to have tickets mailed or held at Will Call.