A 501(c)3 project of the International Bike Fund
The Seattle Bicycle Music Festival is a 100% non-profit, volunteer-run grassroots organization. We aim to promote cycling culture in general, and build community throughout Seattle by using art, music, and bicycles to bring people together.
The Mission of the Seattle Bicycle Music Festival is to promote the arts and sustainable energy via the power of bicycles through collaboration of local musicians, cyclists and pedestrians, and cultivating networks of members of the community as a whole, using interactive, educational, bicycle-powered music events.
We would like Seattle Bicycle Music Festival to be self-sustained and to become a vital and active member of the Seattle arts and bicycle communities. The goal of the Seattle Bicycle Music Festival is to improve our off-the-grid, pedal-powered sound system so other members of the community can borrow or rent the sound system for their own bike-powered shows and events. We have currently borrowed many components of the sound system, so it is our goal to raise the funds to purchase the components to build and maintain our sound system so we can continue to hold Seattle Bicycle Music Festival as an ongoing event.
A Little History
Inspiration for the Seattle Bicycle Music Festival came through the Bicycle Music Festival, which was started in San Francisco in 2007. The Bicycle Music Festival is the largest 100% bicycle-powered music festival in the world. The free, all-day (and late into the night) event features: a 2000 watt pedal-powered PA system, as many as 15 bands, up to 7 festival stops, outrageous bicycle party caravans between festival stops, and zero use of cars or trucks. With its completely bike-haulable stage, the event is packed up and deployed numerous times: staged sequentially at different public parks and also on a moving “Live On Bike” stage which rolls down city streets.
The Seattle Bicycle Music Festival began as an off-shoot of The Pleasant Revolution Tour, lead by the Ginger Ninjas as they toured the West coast of the US and Mexcio, completely by bicycle. In 2009, the Ginger Ninjas brought the Pleasant Revolution up the West coast to Seattle, helping to kick off the first Seattle Bicycle Music Festival. That first year, the sound system was supplied by the Ginger Ninjas, but in 2010, the Ginger Ninjas took the Pleasant Revolution tour to Europe.
A small but dedicated group of volunteers formed in May 2010 and decided that we would build our own pedal-powered sound system. We started having planning meetings, holding fund-raisers, and applying for grants. A team of engineers formed, and using the example of Rock the Bike’s Biker Bar, the engineers build a version for Seattle.
The second annual Seattle Bicycle Music Festival was held on September 11, 2010. It was a successful day full of surprises and great music. We look forward to many more events in Seattle throughout the coming years.