Decibel Festival is an annual music and digital arts festival started in 2004 in Seattle by Sean Horton, who is originally from Detroit. Decibel is dedicated to live electronic music performance, visual art and new media.
The core of the festival comprises concerts, performances, commissioned work, film screenings and exhibitions. The programming is presented in a variety of locations throughout Seattle including the Capitol Hill neighborhood and Downtown. In addition to these performance programs, Decibel also includes a professional section featuring panels, lectures and workshops, which serve as a meeting ground for leading-edge artists, labels and music gear manufacturers.
In fall 2011, Decibel celebrated its largest edition to date, pulling in over 23,000 attendees. The 2011 edition sold both record numbers of festival passes (up 18% from 2010) and individual showcase tickets (up 45% from 2010).
Since its inception, Decibel has hosted over 750 acts ranging from underground dance and experimental electronic music to transmedial art. Some of these past performers include:
Over the years, Decibel Festival has been hosted at all kinds of venues across the Seattle area including: The Showbox, The Showbox SoDo, Q Nightclub, Neumos, The Crocodile, Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall, The Triple Door, Islander Cruise Ship, EMP Museum, and Re-Bar.
Decibel Festival is a member of ICAS (International Cities of Advanced Sound).