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Aug. 2, 2018

10 p.m.

Summer Meltdown Festival

Darrington Bluegrass Music Park

By combining sound and force with weight, the Bassnectar experience engulfs the senses. The experience of Bassnectar is more visceral than auditory, as the music sets any stage for an adventure without rules or limitations. On Bassnectar's stage, there is no hesitation in fusing the familiar with the strange or the classic with the cutting edge.

Bassnectar is the brainchild of Lorin Ashton, and his open-sourced musical project is as diverse as it is imaginary, as raw as it is meticulous, and as fierce as it is stunning. Spanning the spectrum of sonic style, the music draws inspiration from every genre imaginable and supplies a synthesis of intense, wobbling basslines and hypnotic soundscapes for a devout international audience that desires the beautiful and the bestial in the same breath.

Summer Meltdown Festival, the long-running beloved Pacific Northwest event, presents a stacked 2018 Lineup! This year, fans can plan to melt with electronic music & festival icon Bassnectar, percussion & sax dream team Big Gigantic, five-piece bluegrass rockers Greensky Bluegrass, funky groovers Lettuce, and dynamic Meltdown favorites Beats Antique!

August 2-5, join the Meltdown Family for four unforgettable days and nights of music, forest or mountain-view camping, pop-up river parties, and unfiltered silliness. Tickets are on sale now at and the layaway payment plan is available until April 1. Layaway has no additional fee, and allows patrons to lock in a low price while making three equal payments in March, April, and May.

Other acts include Trevor Hall, whose 2016 performance on Meltdown’s Garden Stage was the stuff of legend; Twiddle — an eclectic jam band back by popular demand; space rockers Papadosio; The Pimps of Joytime; Sunsquabi; and Pacific Northwest favorites from The Lil Smokies to Manatee Commune!

The new Mesa Deluxe Add-On offers a premium camping experience for two in the festival’s former artist camp, with expedited entry, reserved tent sites, daily happy hours, and more. RV Options include placement near the Main Stage or in the quieter Rodeo Grounds, a limited number of sites with full hookups.

Those who haven’t been before should plan for an eclectic mix of excellent music, swimming holes, forested camping, breathtaking views of Whitehorse Mountain, and adventures such as hiking and rafting. This special festival is also a child-friendly event, featuring a crafty Kids Village and discounted event passes for the youngest among us. Children eight years and under attend free.

Every Meltdown Pass includes complimentary on site camping under shady pines or in mountain-view meadows, as well as unlimited access to all performances. Passes for all four days of Meltdown are available at $250 +fees for a limited time. Patrons can lock in that price by paying 1/3 of the ticket cost up front with the Layaway Payment Plan. Youth passes cost $120 +fees, also for a limited time. RV Options, Car Camping, and General Parking are also available.

2018 Festival Passes, exciting videos, galleries of previous years, and more information can be found at

Based in Conway, WA, producer Josh Clauson has carried the Meltdown torch since 2000, when the event was a backyard party that came with a keg cup. Genevieve Clauson, his wife and business partner, wears many integral hats for the production of this celebrated event.

Located only 90 minutes from Seattle and Bellingham, Summer Meltdown Festival is an annual tradition for thousands of music lovers and adventure seekers. With a vendor village for food and crafts, expansive shaded campgrounds, a river for swimming and sun basking, a yoga tent to warm up your dancing muscles, a beer garden, kids’ village, workshops, regional art, and one heck of a great community, Meltdown invites all to join us where the music meets the mountain!
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