As fans and industry influencers take notice of the increasingly-homogeneous nature of the summer music festival, it sure makes me glad to live in Seattle where we have so many unique musical gatherings. From Bumbershoot to Decibel to the Capitol Hill Block Party to the most recent example, Macefield Music Festival, we’re privileged to have events that pair strong national talent with emerging superstars and a slew of great local bands.
Macefield, which emerged and came to life in just six weeks after the Seattle Weekly suddenly pulled the plug on it’s annual Reverb Festival last year, announced it’s 2014 lineup earlier this month and it’s an impressive list that includes The Posies, Big Business, legendary garage rockers The Sonics and NadaMucho.com favorite Carolyn Mark. Shows will take place October 3 and 4 at various Ballard venues including the Tractor Tavern, Sunset Tavern, Conor Byrne Pub, Hotel Albatross, Sonic Boom Records, Lucky Dry Goods and an all-ages main stage in the Hattie’s Hat parking lot. A two-day pass is $35.
The festival will announce 40 additional performers on September 1. Acts already confirmed include: The Maldives, Sage, Helms Alee, Survival Knife, Theoretics, Boss Martians, Star Anna, NighTraiN, Davidson Hart Kingsbery, The Derelicts, The Fame Riot, Ian Moore and the Lossy Coils, Carolyn Mark, Mark Pickerel, Uglyfrank, Ryan Caraveo, Full Toilet, The Tripwires, Future Shock, Tacos!, Ganges River Band, Goodbye Heart, The Moonspinners, Breaks and Swells, The Bad Things, Jeff Fielder, Darci Carlson, Inly, The Crying Shame, Ben Union, The Chasers, Ole Tinder, STAG, Solvents, Fauna Shade and the The Bad Tenants.
Inspired by the fiercely independent spirit of Ballard’s legendary “refuse to sell” resident, Edith Macefield, publicist Leigh Bezezekoff says the festival hopes to bridge the gap between new and old in the Ballard neighborhood.
“This spirit is reflected in our programming, our sponsors and the number of free all-ages events we offer,” Beezekoff said. “We’re about keeping the long tradition of having a music festival in Ballard, in venues that range from Ballard Avenue veterans like The Tractor and Conor Byrne to newcomers like Lucky Dry Goods.”
This year the festival has expanded to include a second night, a comedy showcase, and a flea market style bazaar called The Macefield Market that features a poster exhibition, record swap, trade show, clothing, artisans and crafts vendors with its own beer and drink garden. This portion of the festival, which also includes live music and DJs, is free and open to the public.