Decibel Festival 2011 - Seattle, 28th September - 02nd October

Words by: Sean-Michael Yoder
Posted: 31/8/11 9:53

Decibel Fest 2011 – 28th September - 02nd OctoberHeading in to its eleventh year, Decibel Fest seems poised in 2011 to become one of North America’s premiere electronic music showcases. I. Voice attended the festival last year and found it to be a small, community-inspired and focused event that put the tastes of the Seattle electronic music scene out in the ether for all those who happened to attend could enjoy.

This year’s event appears to be far more focused on catering to continental tastes, looking like a combination of Mutek with Amon Tobin bringing his ISAM live show and DEMF with geriatric pop stars Moby and Ladytron co-headlining this year’s Decibel Fest. Diving below those more obvious selections are a galaxy more of high quality choices that are an underground music lover’s dream come true.

After attending last year’s edition there was a fear that as the event expanded it would venture further in to the trendier, new flavors of electronic music to attract a larger audience but this year for every Zomby is an Alexi Delano, not to mention talented veterans like DJ Krush, Mad Professor, and Bonobo bringing an unexpected trip-hop influence to this year’s event.

The ongoing success of the Decibel Fest has allowed them to steadily improve in all facets of event promotion and gathering of talents, but this year’s version could surpass last year’s by an exponential factor and what better place than Seattle, where the last remnants of summer hold on, intermingled with warm Autumn rains, and a balmy West Coast vibe.
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The mix of scenic, free events in Downtown Seattle for the various day programs is a must see because of this but the night music is still the main attraction and the sheer volume of quality showcases makes Decibel Fest a good value for the money. Following an ongoing West Coast trend, probably half-started by the festival in the last decade, this year’s Decibel Fest is loaded with live performances from Oval, Derek Plasaiko, Martyn, Amon Tobin, and Ryoichi Kurokawa that are sure to be exciting. There is also a nice focus on local talent, with many Seattle producers and scenes being represented right alongside the big name acts, always the sign of a healthy, organic event.

Ticket and package prices are reasonable, with an eye on a depressed economy where Americans are traveling less. There will also most likely be more business related daytime events and opportunities for networking just like last year, although we wished for more ala ADE, but at press time there wasn’t a schedule of those events to peruse.

Decibel Fest 2011 appears to have all the right factors going for it this year – good music, good location, and flawless execution built over a decade’s worth of experience. This year, the festival takes a major step on to the international stage, it will be curious to see where things go from here.

Decibel International Festival of Electronic Music, Digital Art, & New Media

Decibel Fest 2011 - Program from 28th September - 02nd OctoberWEDNESDAY 28th SEPTEMBER

THURSDAY 29th SEPTEMBER

FRIDAY 30th SEPTEMBER

SATURDAY 01st OCTOBER

SUNDAY 02nd OCTOBER

 

 

The venues
DOWNTOWN
  • THE CROCODILE - 2200 2ND AVE
  • NORDSTROM RECITAL HALL - 200 UNIVERSITY ST
  • PARAMOUNT THEATRE - 911 PINE ST
  • SHOWBOX AT THE MARKET - 1426 1ST AVE
  • THE TRIPLE DOOR - 216 UNION ST
CAPITOL HILL
  • BALTIC ROOM - 1207 PINE ST
  • HG LODGE - 772 E PIKE ST
  • NEUMOS - 925 E PIKE ST
  • RE-BAR - 1114 HOWELL ST
  • VOLUNTEER PARK - 1247 15TH AVE E
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