SPF 30

Aug 10 Free

Sub Pop’s Big 30th Anniversary Kick-Off Showcase: a Special Concert at the Mural Presented by KEXP and Seattle Center

Aug 11 Not Free

The Crocodile

Aug 11 Free

The Southwest Seattle Historical Society welcomes… SPF30: at Alki Beach


To celebrate 30 years of releasing somewhat well-regarded records, CDs and tapes, Sub Pop Records is hosting an entirely FREE event we’ve taken to calling SPF30.

Sub Pop’s 30th Anniversary Party (with entertainment), will be held Saturday, August 11th, 2018 and will have… Bands! 4 stages of live music! A record fair-type event! A host of local nonprofit organizations! A family-friendly area complete with inflatables and live music for, and perhaps by, kids! Food trucks! Beer gardens! (The food and beer and wine and soda or whatever, you will have to pay for! These parts are not free!) Good times and opportunities to embarrass yourself and those who’d always hoped for better for you! Plus, bands!


August 10

The Moore TheatreBUY TICKETS!
A Night of Comedy From the Cast of Bob’s Burgers with H. Jon Benjamin, Eugene Mirman, Kristen Schaal, Larry Murphy, John Roberts

The Mural AmphitheatreFREE!
Sub Pop’s Big 30th Anniversary Kick-Off Showcase: a Special Concert at the Mural Presented by KEXP and Seattle Center with The Afghan Whigs, Mass Gothic, Yuno

The CrocodileBUY TICKETS!
The Unbelievably “Coincidental” 15th anniversary of Pissed Jeans

August 11

Alki Beach, West Seattle • Noon - 10pmFREE!
Four stages… with Mudhoney, Shabazz Palaces, Wolf Parade, Kyle Craft, Moaning, Beach House, Clipping, Fastbacks, METZ, LVL UP, Loma, Jo Passed, Caspar Babypants, The Not-Its, The School of Rock West Seattle House Band, and Special Guests.

Throughout SPF30 we will be doing all that we can to help raise money for and get the word out about YouthCare.

Though the SPF30 festival at Alki is entirely free, the Night of Comedy From the Cast of Bob’s Burgers at The Moore Theatre on Friday, Aug. 10 is a ticketed event and the proceeds of that event will benefit YouthCare.

YouthCare works to end youth homelessness and to ensure that young people are valued for who they are and empowered to achieve their potential. Founded in 1974, YouthCare was one of the first programs to serve runaway and homeless youth on the West Coast. The goal was to help young people find safety today and build a future for tomorrow. Over the past four decades, we’ve defined best practices and developed programs that are a national standard for excellence. Using a youth-centered approach, we ensure that young people experiencing homelessness ages 12-24 have the hope, skills, and confidence to gain long-term stability.

Getting to SPF30

PLEASE use some form of public transportation to get to SPF30 (all of the related events, but ESPECIALLY the festival out at Alki).

The King County Water Taxi between downtown Seattle and West Seattle is about the best way to travel anywhere on Earth and will be making additional trips on Saturday, Aug. 11 especially for SPF30. AND we’ve arranged for shuttles to take people from the Water Taxi dock in W Seattle to where all of the SPF30 action will take place.

Or, you can take the bus or a taxi or Lyft or Uber! There will be tons of bikeshare bikes and a bike corral in the Whale Tail Park tennis courts (provided by BikeWorks), probably a trolley (w/in W Seattle), the aforementioned shuttles (again, w/in W Seattle), probably some pedicabs. Any of these will make your experience traveling to and from SPF30 much more manageable, possibly even pleasant.

Please do what you can to limit the number of cars coming in and out of SPF30. If you must drive, please carpool, designate a driver, and park in one of the parking options we will be posting here soon.

More specific details on all of this will be forthcoming…


What’s the meaning of all this?

It is our hope that SPF30 (and all of Sub Pop’s 30th Anniversary Weekend) will serve as a super fun and sincere “thank you” to our local and global music community for supporting Sub Pop and our artists for the past 30 years (and the next 30!). In addition to celebrating a dynamic, inspirational roster spanning three decades, we also wish to create a sense of uplifting togetherness where we not only listen to great music but we become better at listening to each other as well.

Is there a map of where all of this is taking place, where the stages will be, what streets will be closed for SPF30, etc.?

We will post a detailed map soon! And, in the meantime, this is the general area where SPF30 is taking place.

Is SPF30 all-ages?

Yes! It is also free!

How should I get to SPF30?

We have some general info here now, and will have more detailed transportation info soon.

Who is playing when and on which stage?

We’ll have the full schedule, by stage, posted here soon.

What food will be available at SPF30?

Lots! There are tons of great restaurants already in the Alki neighborhood, and we will have a full list of add’l food options up here soon!

What else is happening at SPF30?

There will be a record fair, a poster show by Flatstock, beer gardens, Sub Pop merch booths, and great heaps of your fellow music enthusiasts out for a good time.

What chairtable organizations and non-profits will be at SPF30?

A bunch! And we’ll post a list here soon.

Are there other events related to Sub Pop’s 30th anniversary?

Yes! Many of these are above on this same page and we will have details on more soon.

Can I bring my dog to SPF30?

Our event is happening in a public space, and so this is ultimately up to you. However, since there will be loud music at SPF30 and large-ish crowds of people, we encourage you to please leave your dogs at home.

Can I go swimming at SPF30?

We recommend that you do not! Alki Beach is not a swimming beach, the water will be cold and there will be no lifeguards on duty. And as a direct result of all of those factors, we encourage you to please enjoy SPF30 from land.

What are you doing to help mitigate the impact of this festival taking place in Alki?

This is a zero-waste event which means that are trying to avoid waste and litter as much as possible. If anyone would like to volunteer with us on Monday, August 13th, we will join Puget Soundkeeper in cleaning up the Alki shore and neighborhood.

What else should I know?

This is a residential area and we will all be guests of Alki residents on August 11th. We want everyone to come down and have fun AND we also ask that people remember that we are all guests for the day. Let's dispose of things properly, using trashcans and recycling bins! Let's use bathrooms and porta-potties when we need to go! And, generally, let’s try to leave the Alki neighborhood better than we found it. Let’s do this right, gang.