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Bob Dylan To Headline Seattle’s Bumbershoot Fest?

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According to a report published in the new issue of Rolling Stone, the headline acts for the 40th anniversary of Seattle’s annual Labor Day Bumbershoot Music And Arts Festival are set, and if the leaked report is to be believed, the lineup for this year is a doozy.

Although festival promoters One Reel are not set to officially reveal the lineup until Tuesday, the “leak” from this past Friday indicates the lineup to be arguably the strongest in the festival’s 40 year history. So how’s this for starters — Bob Dylan, Hole, Mary J. Blige, and Weezer?

One Reel has offered no comment to the report, despite receiving numerous inquiries from the press. Music legend Dylan last played Seattle in October 2009 when he performed back to back shows at Seattle’s Wamu Theatre and the much smaller Moore Theatre.

So, on the one hand you have a report coming from a source no less credible than Rolling Stone. However, previously leaked reports from past years about Bumbershoot have proven to be false or at least premature as often as they have not. Earlier this year, rumors circulated widely in Seattle that recently reunited hometown heroes Soundgarden would be the headliners for this years festival.

Long considered the granddaddy of Seattle music festivals, Bumbershoot takes place each year over Labor Day weekend at the Seattle Center, and features a wide variety of artists and performers from every corner of the arts and entertainment world — from music to comedy to performance art. The festival also places an emphasis on locally based Northwest artists in addition to the big national headline acts.

This years Bumbershoot festival takes place from September 4-6, with tickets priced between $40. – $110. Tickets go on sale Tuesday June 1, which is also when the complete lineup will be officially announced.

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Glen Boyd is the author of Neil Young FAQ, released in May 2012 by Backbeat Books/Hal Leonard Publishing. He is a former BC Music Editor and current contributor, whose work has also appeared in SPIN, The Rocket, The Source and other publications. You can read more of Glen's work at The Rockologist, and at the official Neil Young FAQ site. Follow Glen on Twitter and on Facebook.