Decibel Festival on Hiatus

Possibly the most intimate, groundbreaking festival on the planet takes a break

July 14, 2016

I was deeply saddened by the news that Decibel festival won’t be happening this year. 

Decibel defined and set the standard for what a festival could, and should be - uniting international talent and festival goers from all over the world through music, visual art, technology and education. Supporting creative artists, inviting them to share their work in intimate venues scattered around our favorite city, it is a cultural beacon, not only for electronic music, but for the city of Seattle.

I don’t want to be all gloom and doom. The majority of Decibel staff and volunteers are still here and you can support them this year by attending the Chance of Rain Festival, Sept. 28 - Oct. 2. 

Some other events you’ll find the Decibel Festival vibe alive and well are the Dirty Bird BBQ, and Cascadia Festival. Meanwhile, we’ll be optimistic that new Decibel leadership will soon arise to pick up where founder, curator and president Sean Horton left off. 

In a time when the festival bubble is once again bursting, there is more support than ever for smaller festivals that encourage community over profit. Any collective that has the patience and force to follow the Decibel model will be successful, so long as they’re honest in their intent. I’m eager to see what Decibel’s presence and momentum in Seattle gives birth to, be it another round of Decibel Festival, or similar manifestations we can’t yet imagine.

- Zach

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Zach is the host of Subtronic End and hosts afternoons on 107.7 The End. You can follow The End on Twitter at @1077theend and Zach at @ZachVanLue.