Bumbershoot Music & Arts Festival
August 31-September 2
By Matt Ashworth
Photos By Jim Toohey
The second day of the 2013 Bumbershoot Music & Arts Festival saw larger crowds and longer lines, which hopefully forced some fans to miss out on manufactured crap like Fun and check out some of the many lesser known acts performing throughout the day.
L.A. punks FIDLAR started out with a modest crowd but ended with a large throng of people gathered around the TuneIn stage by the time they finished. They performed much of their excellent debut album with vigor and personality and even threw in a sped-up cover of Nick Cave’s “Red Right Hand.”
72-year-old British Invasion icon Eric Burdon and his band, the Animals, delivered the most memorable performance of the day at the Starbucks stage (Mural Amphitheatre), which was the fullest I’ve ever seen it. Battling cancer, Burdon was covered in white clothing and a hoodie, leaving only his grizzled face exposed as he filled the grounds with his amazing voice. The Breeders, Matt Pond, Matt & Kim and Death Cab For Cutie also played good sets on what was a beautiful sunny day in Seattle.
In other good news, today seems to have the best lineup of the weekend, with Indie rock goodness from Alt-J, Deerhunter, Joy Formidable, and the Men; classic punk from Red Kross and Superchunk; and alt-country goodness from Justin Townes Earle and Seattle favorites Trampled By Turtles. (As per usual, we recommend avoiding the main stage like the plague.)