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Bumbershoot 2011: New Ticket Deals and Partnerships

Bumbershoot:  Seattle’s Music & Arts Festival (September 3 – 5 at Seattle Center) announces a return to the Festival’s traditional ticketing system, with a single ticket providing access to all the day’s performances and venues on a first-come, first-served basis, including an afternoon and evening show on the Bumbershoot Mainstage.

Insider Deal tickets go on sale to the BumberFan Club on Tuesday, March 15 at 10am. This year’s Insider Deal features a $75 3-day pass, or a special offer $29 single “Any-Day” ticket, both available for a limited time. Access to the Insider Deal requires a passcode, which will be emailed to BumberFan Club members before the sale begins. Registration for BumberFan Club is free and easy at bumbershoot.org/bumberfan.htm.

After the Insider Deal sells out, 3-day passes will be available to the public for $90 in advance, but will not be available at the Festival gates. Single day-specific tickets will go on sale when the lineup is announced later this spring, and will be $35 advance (through Friday, September 2) or $45 at the gates. Kids 10 and under will be admitted free with an accompanying adult, and may enter any venue, including the Mainstage. Tickets for seniors and patrons with permanent disabilities will be available at Festival gates for the Insider Deal price of $29/day (government-issued ID required).

One Reel is pleased to announce a new relationship with Stranger Tickets. Stranger Tickets will provide superior customer service to Bumbershoot ticket buyers at http://bumbershoot.strangertickets.com/ or by phone at 206.701.1482. Patrons will be able to print tickets at home, or choose to have tickets mailed or held at Will Call.

BUMBERSHOOT MAINSTAGE MOVES TO KEYARENA

An ever-changing, adaptive festival, Bumbershoot will feature new venues and programming relationships in 2011 on the Seattle Center campus. One of the most immediately noticeable changes is the Mainstage’s move to KeyArena. This indoor venue provides an enjoyable fan experience, including weatherproof concert viewing, comfortable seating, indoor restrooms, and the opportunity for patrons aged 21+ to purchase beer.

DECIBEL COMES TO BUMBERSHOOT

One Reel and Decibel Festival are pairing up to bring technologically driven music to Bumbershoot 2011. EMP Sky Church will serve as a state-of-the-art venue featuring some of the best regional and national talent that electronic music has to offer. With a focus on live performance and video accompaniment, the Decibel Stage in EMP Sky Church promises to enthrall attendees through leading-edge multimedia explorations, highlighting the vast world of electronic music.

COMEDY

In 2011, outstanding national comedy will continue to be curated by Lisa Leingang, Comedy Central’s Senior Vice President of Original Programming and Development. In addition to the Intiman Theatre, One Reel is now pleased to present a select number of Bumbershoot’s daily comedic offerings in the Bagley Wright Theatre, which will allow more fans to enjoy this in-demand programming. People’s Republic of Komedy will continue to curate and shine a spotlight on Northwest-based comedic talent at the Vera Project, rounding out a trifecta of laugh-packed venues situated at the north end of the Festival grounds.

KIDS ACTIVITIES

Youngershoot — Bumbershoot performances, presentations and hands-on activities appealing to the youngest music and arts fans — continues to develop in 2011 as One Reel announces a new relationship with The Children’s Museum, Seattle. The 31-year old organization will program and manage Bumbershoot’s Kids Activities, which will move out of the Center House during the Festival and bring open-ended imaginative play opportunities to the Museum’s outdoor garden and the surrounding area at Center Square.

OTHER VENUE CHANGES

Seattle Center, home to Bumbershoot for all of its 41 years, is a dynamic public space; many Festival performance areas will evolve over the coming years as the Center continues to transform. To that end, Bumbershoot will now present music stages on the North Fountain Lawn and another area TBA, to replace the Northwest Court and Broad Street Lawn stages, which will come offline in 2011. Music will return to Exhibition Hall as Center Square will not feature a Bumbershoot music stage in 2011 or 2012. The Festival’s Visual Arts Exhibits will move from the Northwest Rooms to Seattle Center Pavilion and the adjacent courtyard.

The 2011 Bumbershoot lineup will be announced later this spring. Up-to-date information will be posted as it is available at bumbershoot.org.

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