Seattle’s premier electronic music event Decibel Festival is entering its eighth year on the circuit. dB Fest concentrates on live performance, interactive multimedia art, state-of-the-art sound and technology-based education, and has quickly become renowned around the world as the one-stop location for all your electronic needs. Last year, the Festival pulled in over 18,000 people to Seattle and featured over 150 artists. Now, in 2011, the five-day festival takes place at eleven venues around the city, from Wednesday, September 28th until Sunday, October 2nd. Among the bands performing this year are: Amon Tobin (performing ISAM live), Moby (DJ Set), Ladytron, Green Velvet, Mt. Eden, Designer Drugs, Bonobo (DJ Set), DJ Krush, Holy Fuck, Eskmo, Zomby, Beat Connection, Star Slinger, oOoOO, and many more. Catch the full schedule over at dB’s website. Here are some of our highlights:
Wednesday kicks off with the Decibel Opening Party at 9:00 at Re-Bar, headlined by Zomby, while the Baltic Room plays host to a Drum & Bass Showcase featuring Kid Hops, Total Science, and Hive. Meanwhile, Neumos will rock with Beat Prodigies Araabmuzik and DJ Krush and the HG Lodge has the Dropping Gems Showcase, with headliners Asura and Anenon.
Thursday sees expanded festivities with one of the most anticipated shows of the weekend, Amon Tobin performing his new album ISAM live, with the full lighting rig specifically designed for the record. Eskmo opens. Down at the Crocodile, Truckasauras and Holy Fuck will throw a psychedelic rave with the Bit Rock showcase, while the Showbox at the Market will yield to dancehall monsters Ladytron. Neumos will also light up the night with a Bonobo DJ set, opened by the Sasquatch! dance tent favorites DJ Anjali & the Incredible Kid.
Moby‘s the big name on Friday night, playing a three-hour DJ set at the Paramount Theatre. At the same time, The Crocodile will play host to the chillwave movement, as Warm Oscillations brings Beat Connection, Star Slinger, and oOoOO together for a night of laid-back vibrations. The Showbox will provide Bassic Necessities, hosting Mt. Eden and Breakage, while Neumos will support Blurring the Lines with dub DJs Max Cooper, Martin Buttrich, and Martyn.
Volunteer Park is the big showcase for Saturday, with shows running from noon until seven and acts including Ill Cosby, Salva, Comma, and Eprom. That night, Neumos will rock with Parisian producers Château Flight and other deep house aficionados, while Designer Drugs with turn the Showbox at the Market into a dance hall and Ital Tek and Kraddy will make the Neumo’s floor rumble with their incredible bass.
Sunday closes out festivities with four showcases, the first being a Bit Pop performance at The Triple Door ending at 9:30 and featuring Dntel (source of the instrumentation behind The Postal Service). Up at Neumos, Mad Professor will provide Decibel’s dub finale, while the Baltic Room plays host to duelling DJs WD4D/Introcut and Kid Hops/Quadrant. Re-Bar will close out the weekend with experimental house party aficionados dOP, whose set’s end time on the schedule is listed as “??” Sounds like fun.