Month-long festival drives tourism by giving downtown Seattle hotel guests access to concerts for free
SEATTLE – The second annual Cloudbreak, Seattle’s Citywide Live Music Fest (Cloudbreak) kicks off on Wednesday, Nov. 1 and runs until Wednesday, Nov. 22, giving Seattle visitors a chance to experience live music shows for free. This year’s festival will include 100+ artists playing more than 70 shows at 30+ venues. The Nov. 1 launch event at iconic venue The Crocodile will feature Rocky Votolato, Sea Salt, and Crushing at 7:00 p.m. (doors at 6:00 p.m.) with remarks from King County Executive Dow Constantine.
To stimulate tourism during a historically slower month, Cloudbreak is enticing visitors. Guests staying in downtown Seattle hotels between November 1st and 22nd will receive a live music pass, granting them access to select concerts within that time frame.
By showing their live music pass and hotel key card, guests can gain access to shows for free. Space is limited, and shows are first come, first served. It is recommended that guests scan the QR code on their pass to reserve a space in advance.The festival was first conceptualized by Visit Seattle and King County Creative, and this year also has the support of the City of Seattle Office of Economic Development.
Participating Cloudbreak venues throughout the month include Royal Room, Nectar Lounge, Tractor Tavern, and Trinity Nightclub. Cloudbreak-affiliated shows will be free of charge for guests staying at 70 participating hotels such as Astra Hotel, citizenM Pioneer Square, Hotel Theodore, Moxy Seattle, Holiday Inn Lake Union, and Silver Cloud Hotel – Seattle Stadium. See participating concerts, venues and hotels at https://cloudbreakmusicfest.org/.
Cloudbreak concerts to look forward to include:
“We launched Cloudbreak last year as a way to support Seattle’s musicians and music community after the pandemic,” said Tracey Wickersham, Senior Director of Cultural Tourism for Visit Seattle. “The festival was a big success, with hundreds of visitors seeing shows and staying in downtown hotels. With the great feedback, and continued support from King County and the City of Seattle, we are delighted to bring the magic back another year. We know that travelers are looking to experience new things, and Cloudbreak is a fabulous, cost-effective way to experience Seattle’s renowned music scene.”
“Seattle has a long history of talented, trailblazing artists who have put our city on the map as a hub for live music,” said King County Executive Dow Constantine. “Cloudbreak is all about supporting local performers and venues, and giving music tourism a boost. I encourage everyone to come out to a show this month to celebrate the music scene that makes our region so special.”
“On the heels of a busy and event-filled summer, the Cloudbreak festival will help us continue our momentum in activating our city with music, arts, and events for our residents and visitors alike this fall. More than just a music festival, Cloudbreak will leverage our city’s love for live music to drive tourism and support our local artists and venues not just downtown, but in neighborhoods across Seattle. Whether heading to the Royal Room in Columbia City, Neumos in Capitol Hill, or The Crocodile in Belltown, I encourage residents and visitors to go to a show, visit a local restaurant, and enjoy the vibrancy of our local arts scene,” said Mayor Bruce Harrell.
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About Visit Seattle
Visit Seattle has served as the official destination marketing organization (DMO) for Seattle and King County for more than 50 years. A 501(c)(6) organization, Visit Seattle enhances the economic prosperity of the region through global destination branding along with competitive programs and campaigns in leisure travel marketing, convention sales and overseas tourism development. Visit visitseattle.org.
About King County
King County is home to 2.3 million residents and is led by Executive Dow Constantine who is now in his fourth term. King County has 18,000 employees who deliver world-class transit service, preserve and protect our environment, and lead the nation in ensuring health and opportunity for all its residents. For more information on King County and Executive Constantine, visit KingCounty.gov.
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