​New music venue to open in Downtown Seattle, Cannonball Arts


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A brand new music venue is heading to Downtown Seattle this year from the team behind Bumbershoot Arts & Music Festival, Cannonball Arts.

The planned venue will take the place of a former Bed, Bath & Beyond store in central Seattle, spanning an enormous 66,000 sq. ft across two blocks of the city.

The project is said to be “ambitious” in both scale and scope and is projected to open to the public in the spring of 2025. Work is currently underway on the venue.

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Cannonball Arts is the brainchild of Muckleshoot Indian Tribe and New Rising Sun, a Seattle-based not-for-profit team of visual artists and promoters who run the city’s annual Bumbershoot Arts & Music Festival. In 2023, the festival saw performances from the likes of Uncle Waffles, Major League Djz, and Fatboy Slim.

The team secured a five-year lease on the venue following discussions with the building owners with the hope to “revitalise” Downtown Seattle, bringing through “the next generation of makers, producers and curators”.

“Cannonball Arts gives Bumbershoot a year-round platform to celebrate the wealth of creativity that calls the Pacific Northwest home,” says co-producer and creative director of New Rising Sun, Greg Lundgren.

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The venue is set to span two floors of “contemporary and performing arts space”, operating as both a music and arts centre hosting “a variety of music and visual arts performances”.

Speaking on the planned space, Muckleshoot President/CEO Joe Olujic said: “We are excited to be a part of the Bumbershoot transition from a weekend event to a year-round activity.

“Welcoming people into a repurposed downtown landmark dedicated to the arts and cultures is a unique opportunity. We are looking forward to a very diverse programming experience for the communities from around the Pacific Northwest to enjoy for years to come.”

Gemma Ross is Mixmag’s Assistant Editor, follow her on Twitter

Written by: Tim Hopkins

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