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A Major Music Fest Hits Seattle

This May, Seattle’s historic Pioneer Square neighborhood transforms into a major music destination. The Upstream Music Festival + Summit from May 11th–13th features conversations with Macklemore and Quincy Jones in addition to performances by headliners Flying Lotus, Alunageorge, and Shabazz Palaces. Launched by local billionaire Paul Allen (co-founder of Microsoft, owner of the Seattle Seahawks), the celebration aims to serve Seattleites hungry for a South by Southwest vibe.

While CenturyLink Field’s North Lot will feature the main stage, and radio station KEXP will present a free public stage in Occidental Park, over 25 other, more intimate local venues will host their own shows. It’s a fabulous opportunity to immerse yourself in the neighborhood among other music lovers for a weekend.

Headed to the festival? The shows start late in the afternoon, so kick things off with lunch at Thompson Seattle‘s Scout PNW or pre-show cocktails on the roof at The Nest and leave on foot to Pioneer Square!

And finally, don’t despair if you’re tied up during the festival weekend. Throughout the year, Upstream will curate music discovery experiences.