Seattle’s Decibel Festival was my favorite musical event of 2014. The festival books an impressive range of electronic musicians and visual artists. Into deep house? Techno? Noise? There’s something for you at Decibel.
The organizers go out of their way to avoid booking an entire lineup of white dudes, which is usually the norm at electronic festivals.
Last year Decibel’s lineup was 18.1 percent female, one of the highest in the industry. This year’s festival lineup is a comparable 15.3 percent female.
Like FORM, my favorite music festival of this year (so far), Decibel goes out of its way to be inclusive. They’ve explicitly stated that “misogyny, racism, homophobia, transphobia, bigotry, or violence of any kind will not be tolerated”. They have a zero tolerance policy for harassment and abuse, and say that any staff or security member will deal with issues promptly. This is entirely appropriate, as women, people of color, queer people, and trans people face a lot of fucked up harassment in their daily lives. Dance music was built on the backs of LGBTQ people and people of color, it’s nice to see Decibel looking out for their community.
Decibel also has a free daytime conference, making education accessible for people who might not be able to afford a full festival pass. Tickets for individual showcases are also sold, allowing people to experience the festival for the price of an affordable concert ticket.
Decibel 2015 kicks off September 23rd. See you in Seattle.