Cloudbreak and Freakout Fill November with Music

Let’s cut to the key details: Cloudbreak is here, with 68 shows featuring 150+ artists over 21 days at 28 venues, and if you stay in one of our 70 partner hotels, you get access to these shows for FREE!

Sir Mix-A-Lot opens the Cloudbreak Festival on November 3, 2022 at El Corazon. Photo: Niffer Calderwood Photography.

Cloudbreak, Seattle’s #ReviveLive Music Fest—launched on Thursday, November 3 with a fantastic show at El Corazón headlined by the legendary Sir Mix-A-Lot, who was also honored by the Seattle Mayor, King County Executive, and music advocates who helped preserve independent venues in Washington State. The festival rolls on through November 23 with shows featuring artists in diverse genres and at stages all across the city—in Beacon Hill, the Central District, Columbia City, Downtown, Belltown, Fremont, Capitol Hill, Ballard, and more.

Stay in one of our partner hotels and you get access for free—so you can experience the vibrancy of Seattle music today, and the variety and energy of more than two dozen independent music venues. Get the scoop here:

Cloudbreak is a partnership of King County Creative and Visit Seattle, and we can’t wait to welcome you to our amazing city of music!

But wait, there’s more! Coinciding with Cloudbreak is the 10th anniversary year of Freakout Festival, running November 10-13 at seven stages in the Ballard neighborhood. This festival is an amazing success story, growing from humble beginnings to this year’s event featuring more than 70 performances by artists from Seattle, the Northwest, the US, and the world. Some of the shows featuring Seattle artists are included in Cloudbreak access, so check that schedule!

The Black Tones at Freakout Festival 2021. Photo by Jake Hanson.

2022 global headliners include a special two-night run with legendary 1960’s Brazilian band Os Mutantes along with sets by Isobel Campbell of Belle & Sebastian, Los Saicos, featuring Peruvian garage-rock legend Papi Saico, indie-psych outfit Futurebirds, and South African rockers BLK JKS.

A new Freakout in the Streets will take place daily during the festival on 20th Avenue outside the main stage at Salmon Bay Eagles Club. Here you’ll find a tented beer garden and VIP lounge for VIP festival pass holders, food trucks, Freakout’s main box office and merch, as well as a stage featuring outstanding local artists and local DJs including: Eldridge Gravy and The Court Supreme, Spirit Award, Smokey Brights, Shaina Shepherd, Monsterwatch, Smoker Dad, Talaya, and more. Admission to Freakout in the Streets is FREE, 21+ and open from 3pm-10pm daily during the festival November 10-13.

Come hear some music—there’s no excuse not to!

About the Author

Tracey Wickersham

Tracey Wickersham is the Senior Director of Cultural Tourism at Visit Seattle. A volunteer dj & host of a long running music program on KBCS 91.3 FM, she spent 6 years on the board of 4Culture, supporting arts, heritage, public art and historic preservation in King County. You'll often find her at the Tractor Tavern enjoying great bands, exploring one of the region's beautiful parks with her spunky blue heeler mix, or in one of Seattle's many live theater venues.

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