It was all a dream
As a native Seattlite, attending Bumbershoot was always a dream of mine. For years, I saw the posters up around town and couldn't wait to walk through the festival gates, watch my favorite bands, explore the arts, and gain memories to last a lifetime.
In 2008, I signed up to volunteer at Bumbershoot to gain admission, and because my mom wouldn't buy a ticket for me. I volunteered my 8 hours to get a ticket and saw a few bands I can't remember, but it wasn't until 2009, that I fell in love with the festival. Was it crowd surfing to "Take Me Out" by Franz Ferdinand at sunset? Experiencing De La Soul for the first time or the energy of Kim from Matt & Kim? I walked past a young rapper on the small stage by the name of Macklemore on my way to Flatstock to buy a poster. I was still a volunteer at the time but that was the year I stopped counting the hours. All those tickets I received from volunteering, I just gave away to family and friends, because that weekend, I would be volunteering more, learning more, and experiencing all I could.
A little more than a decade later, my love for Bumbershoot is still strong. Reflecting on the past 10 years at Bumbershoot, I am humbled to say that the festival never ceases to amaze me. I have been lucky enough to manage the VIP program, intern in production, advance the entire festival (at 18 years old!), and dive deep into non-music arts programming and implementation.