About Upstream

Upstream Mission

Upstream is a three-day music festival and industry summit where attendees can discover acclaimed national artists performing alongside rising stars from the Northwest.

Experience live music like never before as Seattle’s historic arts & entertainment district of Pioneer Square plays host to wide ranging performances—from intimate showcases in venues across the neighborhood to memorable performances at the two main stages located in the Sound Lot. In addition to celebrating the sound of the region, Upstream provides artists an opportunity to network and learn from industry veterans at the one-day Summit.
Founded by philanthropist and Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, Upstream Music Fest + Summit is inspired by Paul’s love of live music and his belief that a thriving arts-and-culture scene is essential for strong, dynamic, and diverse communities.

Upstream Archive

Upstream 2017

May 11-13, 2017

Upstream Music Fest + Summit 2017 brought 30,000 attendees throughout the weekend, and an additional 5,000 joined in on free festivities available around Pioneer Square. Upstream's final lineup included 360 acts, with 8 main stage performances and 55 Guest Curators building out 25+ stages, helping transcend genre and style. The Summit featured 4 keynote speakers and 24 breakout sessions representing artists, the music industry, tech, gaming, design and regional community organizations. All the while, Upstream attendees harnessed technology to deliver a great experience, downloading the Upstream App to discover and listen to new music, and schedule their weekend.

Upstream 2017 was supported by partners like Amazon Music, Amazon Web Services, Visit Seattle, Miller Lite, Heineken, and CenturyLink, and associate partners like Weyerhauser, ReachNow, Sparkling Ice, Canada 150, JP Morgan, Starbucks, Seahawks, SKB Architects, and Thompson Seattle.