One of the highlights for this year's Bumbershoot was going to be the opportunity to see Death Cab For Cutie perform arguably their greatest album, Transatlanticism, in its entirety from beginning to end. However, due to their popularity, the set was held in Key Arena, the Sonics' former basketball arena, and although it's large (I saw M83 there last year), it does have a finite capacity. Bottom line is if you wanted to see Death Cab's 9:45 performance, you pretty much had to get in line starting at 6:15 am for the opener, Ra Ra Riot (last year, I saw Best Coast prior to M83). That would have meant passing up on Tamaryn, one of my must-see choices for the festival, as well as Broncho and Beats Antique, another must-see. So I was resigned to missing the Death Cab set.
Imagine my surprise, then, when immediately following the Beats Antique set, the festival began projecting the in-progress Death Cab For Cutie set on the screen behind the stage. I was able to take a seat on the Fountain Lawn lawn and watch the set without the hassle of Key Arena's lines and crowds.
What a nice solution, and what a nice set.