Expect significant changes from the experiment that was last year’s first-
ever Bartfest. The basic concept remains intact — a celebration of local to national indie acts at the Bartlett and next door nYne — but this time around Bartlett owners Karli and Caleb Ingersoll have made the event two days instead of three, moved it from September to October and all but obliterated the price tag. Currently, weekend wristbands are running at $30 online (after Early Bird passes sold out), a far cry from the original $90 all-access pass of last year.
The first wave of the 2015 Bartfest lineup was just announced (expect about 16 bands when all is said and done) and right now it’s shaping up well. Angel Olsen, who just played Sasquatch! and performed at the Bartlett last year, is the biggest name on the list thus far but we’ll see what is to come.
While the Oct. 9 - 10 event is all-ages, note that nYne is 21+ after 8 pm. Wristbands will move up to $30 after July 15.
Angel Olsen (Chicago)
Horse Feathers (Portland)
Marshall McLean Band (Spokane)
Bryan John Appleby (Seattle)
Silver Torches (Seattle)
Mama Doll (Spokane)
The second wave of carefully currated indie bands are here, with far fewer Spokane acts than one might expect, but it's exciting to see groups from all over the country joining in the fun. This should be the full lineup. Vacationer (Philadelphia) Deep Sea Diver (Seattle)
Loch Lomond (Portland)
Great Good Fine Ok (Brooklyn)
River Whyless (Asheville, North Carolina)
Alex Cameron (Los Angeles)
Smokey Brights (Seattle)
Read up on all the acts here.
Also note there will be a Poster Show accompanying the festival, showcasing local graphic designers, illustrators and artists who will have designed an original work for each band performing. Proceeds from print sales benefit the Spokane chapter of The Songs for Kids Foundation.