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R.E.M. And The New Pornographers Prepare For Bumbershoot

Need a reason to go on a road trip? How about Bumbershoot? No, we’re not talking gibberish – we’re referring to the infamous Bumbershoot Festival in Seattle, WA, which is taking place at the Seattle Center from August 29 to September 1 this year. From 11 a.m. until 11 p.m. each day, over 2,500 artists will be showcasing their various artistic and musical talents. The festival, which was originally dubbed “The Festival of ’71,” has been gaining momentum since its initial inception over three decades ago.

Bumbershoot Festival-goers can enjoy poetry, comedy, acrobats, theatre, graphic art, film, painting, sculpture and much more. Of course, here at ChartAttack, the thing that interests us most is the music, man! From regional no-names to mega-stars like R.E.M., Bumbershoot is home to a wide spectrum of musical talent. As mentioned, the main headliner this year is R.E.M., who will perform on Monday, the final day of the festival. Other acts on the bill include Bonnie Raitt, Macy Gray and The Dandy Warhols on Saturday, The Black Eyed Peas and De La Soul on Sunday, and The New Pornographers on Monday. Evanescence and Cold will also stop by to perform on Sunday in between dates for the Nintendo Fusion tour.

Advance admission to Bumbershoot is $15 U.S. per day, or $48 for a four day pass. If you wait until the last minute to buy your tickets – that is, any time after August 22 – the prices climb to $20 for a day pass and $55 for all four days. If you really want to feel like a star, though, you can opt for a gold or platinum pass ($150 and $400 respectively), which includes admission for all four days, food and drink coupons, VIP entry, line bypass privileges and other fun stuff. For more details or to purchase tickets, visit the Bumbershoot website.

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