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The Shins, Wu-Tang, Crowded House Set For Bumbershoot Fest in Seattle, WA

The Shins, the Wu-Tang Clan, Panic! At The Disco, the reformed Crowded House and Lupe Fiasco lead the initial lineup for the 2007 installment of Bumbershoot: Seattle’s Music & Arts Festival. The event will be held Sept. 1-3 throughout the Seattle Center. Steve Earle, Devotchka, Devendra Banhart, Roky Erickson, Allison Moorer and Magnolia Electric Company are also on the bill.

Rounding out the lineup are Gogol Bordello, Kill Hannah, Norma Jean, Plain White T’s, the Gourds, Lyrics Born and the Holmes Brothers, with scores of acts to be announced. This year’s Bumbershoot will be the first since organizers One Reel linked with AEG Live to bolster talent buying and sponsorship resources.

“They have been a great sounding board on our mainstage talent, since we were pretty far along in our bookings when we officially entered into our collaboration with AEG,” One Reel artistic director Michele Scoleri tells “Our mutual focus this year has been to maintain Bumbershoot’s unique identity. I think people will find we did just that this year while simultaneously making our lineup among the heaviest hitting to date.”

Bumbershoot’s non-musical activities will include three stages of comedy (up from two last year), the Flatstock poster art fair, readings from writers Miranda July and “This American Life” contributor Davy Rothbart, visual arts exhibitions, dance and theatre performances and the 1 Reel Film Festival.

“The foremost thing that distinguishes Bumbershoot is our pairing of the arts with popular music,” Scoleri says. “We are still the only festival doing contemporary dance, theater and literary arts. Bumbershoot is urban, which lends itself to a much different experience because we have both indoor and outdoor venues. If you come to Bumbershoot, you have the chance to discover the next Modest Mouse or Death Cab For Cutie, two Northwest bands that have played Bumbershoot since the beginning of their careers.”

Bumbershoot three-day passes can be ordered through the event’s Web site for $75 through Aug. 17, after which the price increases to $95. Single-day tickets are $30 and go on sale July 13
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