Press Release


May 31, 2018

Media Contacts:

Kauilani Robinson, Visit Seattle
(206) 461-5839 |

Chantelle Lusebrink, Visit Seattle
(206) 461-5862 |

Visit Seattle Amps Up for Upstream

Experience the heart of Seattle’s music scene in historic Pioneer Square

SEATTLE – The second year of Upstream Music Fest + Summit is set to rock Seattle’s historic Pioneer Square June 1-3 with fresh, emerging artists appearing on the Visit Seattle stage.

Performing live on the Visit Seattle stage are several regional and Seattle-area bands, including MADlines, Jango, ParisAlexa and SOL June 1; Strange Ranger, Great Grandpa, Jen Deaux, Smino June 2; and Whitney Ballen, The Green (reunion), Asahi (reunion) and Murder City Devils June 3. The Visit Seattle stage is located inside Axis Pioneer Square, 308 1st Ave. S.

This is the second year Visit Seattle – the city’s official destination marketing organization – has partnered with Upstream Music Fest + Summit. More than 200 national musicians and rising stars from the Northwest will perform over the three days, bringing incredible music to more than 15 unforgettable venues from intimate coffee houses and revered neighborhood bars to famed galleries and restaurants, showcasing the best of what Pioneer Square has to offer.

“Internationally, Seattle is renowned for its legendary and transformative artists and music that touches generations of fans,” Visit Seattle Senior Vice President and CMO Ali Daniels said. “We are proud to support emerging and established artists from throughout the northwest and nation at Upstream Music Fest + Summit and in doing so help foster new voices for the future.”

Music won’t be the only incredible experience this year as Sound Bites – a curated experience of some of the Northwest’s most innovative restaurants – will be taking over Upstream’s Sound Lot. Chef Joshua Henderson of Westward, Quality Athletics, Great State Burger and Saint Helens, to name a few, coordinated the incredible Sound Bites lineup, which includes:

From 5-10 p.m. June 1 and 4-10 p.m. June 2 and 3, festival goers can expect delectable eats, like carne asada tacos, double cheeseburgers and fat slices of pizza, as well as a selection of creative items that showcase each of the chef’s unique food and drink backgrounds. The Hama Hama Company will also shuck fresh oysters for the crowd and Chef Henderson’s iconic cheeseburgers will be vended hawker style.

Headlining this year’s Amazon Music Main Stage and the KEXP stage at The Sound Lot located in the shadow of Century Link Stadium, 800 Occidental Ave., are Jawbreaker, Hot Snakes, Miguel, The Flaming Lips, Cut Copy, Little Dragon, SUPERDUPERKYLE, Zola Jesus and Tacocat.

In addition, this year’s Upstream Summit, which will be held June 1, will explore the most pressing issues and challenges facing the music industry today in a series of discussions with musicians, event producers, creative directors, professionals and fans in a series of discussions. This year’s Summit is in partnership with the Recording Academy Pacific Northwest Chapter.

For a full concert listing, including show times go to

Tickets are still available for $70 for a one-day pass, $130 for a two-day pass or $175 for a three-day pass. If you’re already going to the show, be sure to download the Upstream app available in the Apple App Store and Android Play Store before you go so you can discover new music and build your personal schedule.

About Visit Seattle:
Visit Seattle, a private, nonprofit marketing organization, has served as Seattle/King County’s official destination marketing organization (DMO) for more than 50 years. The goal of these marketing efforts is to enhance the employment opportunities and economic prosperity of the region. For more information, visit






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