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Decibel Festival is Returning With a Brand New LA Location


In 2003, Sean Horton founded Decibel Festival “with the hope of creating a unified experience celebrating electronic music performance, visual art, education and the technology.” The festival became a showcase across multiple venues in downtown Seattle, renowned for its internationality and multiculturalism.


Upon the festival’s close in 2015, Horton had this to say:

“Some of you know, last fall I made the difficult decision to leave the Pacific Northwest after 20 years. Since my departure, I’ve found a welcoming home in Los Angeles and a career working for one of our oldest festival partners, Red Bull. Considering the new career path and distance from Seattle, it is with a heavy heart that I am announcing that after 11 straight annual editions, Decibel will be taking an extended break. Know that Decibel as an organization will continue and this is temporary and much needed break.”

After a year long hiatus and getting some booking experience with Red Bull, Decibel Festival is set to have its rebirth in none other than Los Angeles, California. He still plans to hold Decibel themed club events in Seattle, but with the heart of the fest happening in LA.


In a more recent statement, Sean said:

“Just as we launched Decibel in Seattle back in 2003, it is vital that we first connect with the local community through our one-off Decibel Events series. In our press release today we announced that we'll be kicking off Decibel Events in Los Angeles on June 9th with dB alum and Detroit Techno legend Carl Craig and LA Techno mavens Raíz, which we'll be following up with Matias Aguayo, Pezzner and Masha on July 6th. In addition we announced Decibel Events in Seattle featuring Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith with Raica on May 18th, and the return of Kyle Hall (June 2nd) and Actress (August 23rd). These are just the first many events we're planning for both Seattle and Los Angeles in 2017.
As for the Decibel Festival announcement, once we have dates locked in, we'll be making an official announcement.”


Things may be a bit difficult to get going smoothly right off the bat, after having taken a year off and then starting fresh in a brand new location, but with the festival scene growing day by day, and with LA already being a major multicultural hub in the US, Decibel should have no problem feeling right at home.


H/T: Pulse Radio