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Decibel Fest no more?

May 7, 2009

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The Stranger reports that the fate of Seattle’s electronic music festival, Decibel, hangs in the balance. Says founder Sean Horton (also known as Nordic Soul):

So far 2009 hasn’t been a very good year for Decibel in terms of attendance at our one-off events, which isn’t a good sign for the 2009 festival. Not sure what to make of it, but if we can’t raise the necessary money by the middle of June, the 2009 festival program will be cancelled.

Like many promoters, Horton and fellow organizers have been fronting the money for the festival on their own credit cards. The credit crunch has reduced their ability to fund it this way, including foiling Horton’s attempt to take out a loan against his house. On top of that, attendance at yesterday’s gala fundraiser was far lower than expectations.

It’s an incredible pity, since Decibel 2008 was fantastic (I bought a pass before I even moved to Seattle and went out every night, to what seemed like pretty crowded venues). One issue is that Decibel, unlike other festivals such as Mutek, only recently registered as a non-profit, thereby becoming eligible for local arts funding. Advanced sales for Mutek and Movement are pointing towards increased attendance from last year (as was the case for Coachella), so it’s quite possible that Decibel would also do fine this year, but that’s a hell of a risk to take when it’s your personal financial wherewithal at stake. Here’s hoping they get the funding sorted out. If you want to help, you can make a tax-deductible contribution via their funding partner, Shunpike.

MP3: Claude von Stroke – Who’s Afraid of Detroit? (Audion remix) [beatport]

2 comments

  1. That’s awful news. I really hope they can pull it together. I hate to see when indie-type festivals fall through due to lack of funding. Brainwaves ’08 here in Boston didn’t do especially well and they only recently decided that they’d be able to do it again in ’10, although I don’t know what made them change their mind.


  2. Yeah, it’s a great festival and I hope that, even if it doesn’t happen this year, they can pull it together for next year, like Brainwaves.



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