The Bumbershoot Music Festival has been a staple of the Seattle arts scene For 43 Years. With a variety of acts ranging from comedy to spoken word to visual art to music, it is North America’s Largest Urban arts fest, drawing over 100,000 attendees each year.
I’ve been in Seattle for about 2.5 years, and this is the first time I have been able to go & I am STOKED. When I decide to go to a festival, I get real nerdy about it. This used to involve a decent amount of research on bands I hadn’t heard of before & a spreadsheet outlining which bands that were my top middle & low priorities for each day. These days, festivals have gotten wise to the digital vibe & just like most things “there’s an app for that”.
The Bumbershoot App has everything you need to get ready for the festival, starting of course with helping you buy your tickets. Once you have those locked down, you can do a variety of different things from the main menu by clicking on mini apps within the app (whoa, meta).
To do your research, click on Feed Me. There you can check out the latest festival news, watch YouTube videos of acts on the bill & share photos/status updates. Hit the Virtual Info Booth for tweets from @Bumbershoot & #Bumbershoot mentions or go to the Festival FAQ for answers to the basics.
Then, kick Excel to the curb, say goodbye to the spreadsheet (if you’re like me) and plan your days inside the app. First, you can hit up the Map & get a lay of the land. Check out the distance between stages, bathroom locations, where the foods at & where ATMs are located (ya know, to make sure you have cash for merch, support the bands!) before you even get there.
Once you’ve got the DL on all that, you can start prioritizing the acts you want to/don’t really care to see. You can do this from the map , by stage – click on individual stages and put a shiny star next to the acts you absolutely have to see at each stage each day. Or, you can simply hit the Lineup and go through all the artists by day, genre and location– again, putting that shiny gold star by the names of your must-sees. To see your list, just click on the big star in the upper right hand corner.
For a (festival) nerd like me, this app is great, but I am sure it’s going to drain the life from my phone battery like a champ. Here’s hoping they have a boat load of charging stations!