Nada Surf at Bumbershoot by Dean Belder

Last show of my weekend was Nada Surf on the Fountain Lawn stage at Bumbershoot, Monday September 1st 2014, at 7pm

Bomba Estereo at Bumbershoot by Dean Belder

Columbia's Bomba Estereo play the Fisher Green Stage at Bumbershoot Monday September 1st 2014, at 6:15pm

Twin Shadow at Bumbershoot by Dean Belder

Twin Shadow take the Fountain Lawn Stage at Bumbershoot, Monday September 1st, 2014 5:15pm

Mexican Institute of Sound at Bumbershoot by Dean Belder

Mexican Institute of Sound play Bumbershoot, Monday September 1st @ 4:15 pm

DarkhaBrakha at Bumbershoot 2014 by Dean Belder

DarkhaBrakha from Kyiv, Ukraine play Bumbershoot, Monday, September 1st, 2014 2:45pm

Hoba Hoba Spirit @ Bumbershoot 2014 by Dean Belder

Hoba Hoba Spirit from Morocco play Bumbershoots Fisher Green Stage, Monday September 1st, 1:15pm

Mission of Burma play Bumbershoot by Dean Belder

Mission of Burma play the Fountain Lawn stage at Bumbershoot August 31st 2014, 7:15pm.

Negativland by Dean Belder


I’ve been a fan of Negativland for nearly twenty years now, hearing them for the first time shortly after graduating from high school in the mid-1990s, I initially didn’t know what to think. I was really into electronic music at the time, but most of what I enjoyed was dependent on a beat, which was completely lacking in Negativland’s output.

I persisted, and Negativland became a major influence in the way my own artistic endeavors would shape up, especially when it came to appropriation and copyright. 

I wasn’t surprised when I saw them in this year’s Bumbershoot lineup, they fit with the arts and culture that the festival has been promoting for the last 44 years, but they were sandwiched between two artists on a stage set up for specifically for EDM artists.

Shortly before the set began, a group of kids, expecting more traditional ‘music’ began chanting for the DJ, at which point Mark Hosler responded with “you guys aren’t going to last ten minutes, you’re not going to like us”. 

He was right. The kids left before the first ‘song’ ended, along with several others. There were some people there who knew what to expect and were genuinely excited.  Negativland didn’t disappoint. As irreverent as ever, they brought their brand of sonic collage, and social commentary, not missing an opportunity to dig on Chipotle one of the festival’s corporate sponsors. 

I enjoyed seeing the group, perform, and in many ways brought my own journey full circle, knowing that one of the reasons I am here is because of the influence they had on me in my youth.  

Young Karin by Dean Belder

Young Karin are a mellow electronic act based out of Iceland, They played the Pavilion stage as part of Bumbershoot's EDM lineup, August 31st 2014, at 4:00pm

Red Fang by Dean Belder

Red Fang bring some METALLLL!!! the Fountain Lawn Stage at Bumbershoot, Sunday August 31st, 2014 3:45pm

Kishi Bashi by Dean Belder

Kishi Bashi, plays Bumbershoots Fisher Green Stage, Sunday August 31st, 2014 3:15pm, and yes the Banjo is a Drum.

We Are Scientists by Dean Belder

We Are Scientists play Bumbershoot, Sunday 31st of August 2014 1:45pm,  Fisher Green Stage, Seattle Center

Bumbershoot puts Vancouver to Shame by Dean Belder

If Vancouver wants to actually call itself a world-class city it has to act like it, and stop kowtowing to a market more concerned about property values, than quality of life.  In the modern age, to be world class means to play host to events that appeal to people of all ages, and all walks of life.

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