Public In-Studio Viewing


photo by Kari Taylor

KEXP Live In-Studio Public Viewing:

KEXP Live In-Studio performances are now open to the public! We’re excited to welcome you to our New Home to experience live music by some of KEXP’s most beloved artists. You can now sign up to view these performances with a behind-the-scenes look at DJ interviews and production. Here’s how you can reserve your spot at a KEXP in-studio session.

KEXP Registration Process & Viewing Policy:

  • We encourage you to visit KEXP’s New Home where you can sign up in person to view an in-studio performance the day it takes place.
  • You can sign up as early as 90 minutes prior to the scheduled performance.
  • Once registered, you will be given a ticket that confirms check-in.
  • Please note, the ticket does not guarantee a space in the Viewing Gallery; the ticket signifies that you have checked in and that a place will be held for you in line until 15 minutes prior to the performance.
  • Once checked-in, you can leave and return closer to the time of the performance or relax in the Gathering Space.
  • Guests without tickets will be allowed to wait on stand-by and will also be admitted on a first come/first served basis.
  • Ticketed guests must return and line up for the performance no later than 15 minutes prior to the session.
  • If you do not arrive to take your place in line with your ticket, your ticket will be forfeit and your space will be made available to an on-site standby guest.
  • 15 minutes prior to the performance all guests must line up to enter the Viewing Gallery.
  • Guests will be informed of codes of KEXP’s viewing policy, which includes the following:
    • No entry or exit once the performance starts (except for emergency)
    • No food or drink
    • No cell phones
    • No video
    • No cameras
    • Allow space between the glass window and guests
    • No tapping, pressing, or leaning against glass
    • Quiet

PLEASE NOTE: Only select in-studio performances will be made open to the public, contingent upon station schedule, production capabilities, and band schedule. While rare, delays, cancellations, or postponed performances are possible. We appreciate your flexibility and understanding should last minute changes arise.

Upcoming In-Studio Performances:
Please visit our upcoming in-studio page to see which in-studio performances are open to the public. Scheduled performances will be noted (PUBLIC SIGN UP) on each.

New Home Location:
KEXP is located on the corner of 1st Ave North and Republican, on the Seattle Center Campus. Our address is 472 1st Ave N, Seattle WA 98109. The main entrance is located on 1st Ave North on the west side of the building. Upon arrival, please check in with the front desk for in-studio performance sign up.

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Q: Is the Gathering Space and Viewing Gallery wheelchair accessible?
Yes. All entry points are accessible. There are no stairs leading into either the Gathering Space or Viewing Gallery.

Q: What’s the capacity of the Viewing Gallery?
Total capacity in the Viewing Gallery is 75. We allow 70 sign up guests with 5 to accommodate wheelchair access and working staff.

Q: Are children welcome?
A: Yes, however, please keep in mind that for the enjoyment of all guests, we ask that attendees remain quiet during the performance. Also, please consider there is no entry or exit once the performance begins. If you don’t feel your child will be able to watch the performance quietly for 30 minutes, you may want to reconsider.

Q: Can I hold a bunch of tickets for my friends?
A: No. To ensure all listeners have an opportunity to see a live in-studio performance, guests must be present to sign in and obtain a ticket. Each guest signed in can pick up one additional ticket only. Again, guests must be present 15 minutes prior to the performance and lined up in order to enter the Gathering Space for the performance.

Q: Can we have in and out privileges during the performance?
A: No. The Gathering Space is dark with blackened windows so that KEXP photographers and videographers can capture the best content possible during the performance. Light from opening doors will have a negative effect on the content so we must keep the doors closed. This is also why we cannot allow flash photography. The sound and light from opening doors is also disruptive to other audience members.




  1. Will Guerin
    Posted April 18, 2016 at 12:32 pm | Permalink

    Is this how you reserve a spot for In-Studio sessions? If so, sign me up for Frankie Cosmos. If not, I will be embarrassed

  2. Posted April 20, 2016 at 10:49 am | Permalink

    Will, you can sign up in person at KEXP starting 90 minutes before the session.

  3. Stefan Majeske
    Posted April 27, 2016 at 5:27 pm | Permalink

    Not loving the fact that it’s a “wait and see” approach for someone who would be driving an hour on the offset chance that they will get to see the performance…bummer you choose to handle it this way..especially for contributing members

  4. Jennifer evenson
    Posted May 16, 2016 at 8:29 am | Permalink

    I am trying to figure out if I can come sign up to see Charles Bradley may 23rd in your viewing room. I would have to rearrange work so I am hoping to know if I can sign up prior to me taking off work.

    Please let me know the details!
    Thank you,

  5. Posted May 16, 2016 at 1:07 pm | Permalink

    Charles Bradley will perform in KEXP’s public Gathering Space, so there are’s no prior signup or reservation. It’s first come, first served, but the space is large and will hold a lot of people!

  6. Karlos
    Posted May 19, 2016 at 9:01 am | Permalink

    Happy day KEXP community, Bet I’m not the only one debating on how long the line will be for the Andrew Bird show, or if the current line queue is already greater than 75 people. The closest public camera seems to be… Queen Anne Ave N & Mercer St. If the KEXP team is willing to modify the queuing system to help insure listeners efforts aren’t made in vain, I’d be willing to contribute that effort directly! Thanks for reading :)

  7. Posted May 19, 2016 at 8:18 pm | Permalink

    Karlos, we can only offer first-come, first-served availability in our limited viewing space for this free experience. We also offered a live video stream for those at home and unable to make it. Thanks for your support.

  8. Donny Bryant
    Posted May 20, 2016 at 5:21 pm | Permalink

    Hello KEXP! Monday May 23rd is my 51st Birthday. I have taken the day off from the toil machine and will be in line Early to hopefully get in to see the one and only Screaming Eagle of Soul Charles Bradley! Happy Born Day to me!

  9. Chris Cola
    Posted June 23, 2016 at 9:06 am | Permalink

    How can I watch the live Nothing performance? I was working when it was streamed and live on the east coast, I would really like to see the second live session

  10. Posted June 23, 2016 at 2:39 pm | Permalink

    All sessions will eventually be viewable from KEXP’s YouTube channel. It does take a little time, though, so we appreciate your patience.

  11. jonah holland
    Posted July 4, 2016 at 7:58 pm | Permalink

    We’re visiting from out of town (East Coast) and our teenagers put this at the top of their list of things to do. Where can we find a list of bands and the schedule?

  12. Posted July 5, 2016 at 1:16 pm | Permalink

    Any upcoming sessions are listed here:

  13. Dave Robinson
    Posted July 18, 2016 at 10:36 am | Permalink

    It says “No Cellphones”. So are we required to leave them outside? Can they just be powered off? Do you have lockers for them? Most people travelling by bus or taxi will not have an option to leave them at home.

    Thank you.

  14. Tom gillen
    Posted September 29, 2016 at 4:53 pm | Permalink

    Man thanks for all the different bands you never hear of expanding my knowledge of up and coming music. Not often you can find an outlet that does this. Thanks again. First class………..

  15. Roberto
    Posted July 27, 2017 at 7:59 am | Permalink

    How does entrance work if the show is open to the public in the gathering space?


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