Decibel Festival FAQS
How do I print out my ticket?
There’s no need to print out your ticket. All you need to do is show your ID to the ticketing attendants for Will Call.
What’s included in the Decibel Festival pass?
A Decibel Festival pass provides access to 28 showcases. The dB After Hours at Q Nightclub and OPTICAL events at The Triple Door ARE included as part of the Decibel Festival Pass experience.
Due to limited capacity Decibel Festival Pass Holders must pick up tickets at the Triple Door box office the day of the show by 6 PM for guaranteed seating (one ticket per pass-holder).
Due to high productions costs and capacity issues, the dB Boat Parties ARE NOT included with the Decibel Festival pass. We recommend buying tickets soon as these events sell out. More details on boat parties here.
Please be mindful as a pass-holder you have to access to all showcases and afters hours, however occasionally venues will be at capacity. This is especially true for lower capacity venues like The Crocodile, Re-Bar, and The Triple Door. Arrive early for showcases with the potential to sell in order to ensure you enjoy the showcase! We will do our best to alert attendees through social media when venues do hit capacity.
More information and tickets are available at bit.ly/dB2015tickets.
Are there any All-Ages shows? Which venues are All-Ages?
Yes! The Showbox, The Crocodile, Neumos, The Triple Door and Volunteer Park will house all-ages events. This includes the entire OPTICAL series and many showcases. All ages venues will have a 21+ bar, learn more by visiting the venue page.
How late do the after-hours go?
Afters hours will go until 7 AM.
What is the difference between a Decibel Festival pass and individual showcase tickets?
The festival pass provides access to 28 showcases including dB After Hours and OPTICAL events. The individual showcase provide access to the showcase of your choosing.
What kinds of visual art will be at the festival and where?
Each venue will outfitted with a combination of projections and/or video wall and lighting, all specifically tailored to enhance each performance. That said, each showcase is an audio/visual experience featuring both live electronic music performance and visual art. In the case of the seated OPTICAL events, this collaboration between the visual art and music takes an even more profound role in the performance.
In addition to the audio/visual collaborations throughout the festival, Decibel will once again be hosting an annual Pop-Up Art Show, featuring original artwork curated by the Decibel Art and Visual Directors. The 2015 dB Pop Up Art Show will be taking place September 23rd, through September 27th at the 118 10th Ave S, directly next to Neumos. More information coming soon http://dbfestival.com/pop-up-art-show.
Where can I access the schedule?
The Decibel Festival app and online schedule will be live and accessible several weeks before the festival. Visit dbfestival.com to learn more. The Decibel Festival app includes a full schedule of showcases, travel information, and artist information. A paper schedule will be available during festival.
Can I take photos at the festival? Flash?
Photo access is dependent on venue. If you are a member of the media and have received press accreditation from the Decibel Festival Media Team, please inquire with firstname.lastname@example.org for a photo pass, as some venues require a media and photo pass.
What is the dB Conference?
This year’s program will include audio/visual workshops, panel discussions, and artist talks.
Where do I pick up my Decibel Festival pass?
This year’s will call and ticket box office will be located at the W Seattle on 4th Avenue in downtown Seattle. In addition to serving as will call / box office, The W Seattle will be home to our DJ lounge, media lounge, merchandise booth, and other surprises to be announced leading up to the festival.
Will call hours will be from Wednesday, September 23rd to Friday September 25th from 1 PM to 10 PM. All passes need to be redeemed in person by the person who purchased them, it is your responsibility to claim your pass.. If you do not pick up your pass by Friday, September 25th at 10 PM, there are no further options to pick up your pass.
Tickets for individual events may be purchased in advance through the dB ticket page, or the venue. For most events you can also purchase tickets at the venue the night of the event, but it is encouraged to purchase tickets in advance to avoid being denied entry to a sold out event. Credit cards will be accepted at will call, box office and merchandise areas.
Can I pick up a pass for my friend?
Decibel staff and volunteers are the only ones that are authorized to securely fasten wristbands on attendees. Even if someone has purchased a pass for someone else they themselves must come to HQ to receive the wristband. This is a to prevent fraud and is a non negotiable condition and term of our festival pass.
What’s the difference between the Tier 1, Tier 2, and Tier 3 passes?
The difference in tiers is simply price and the date of sale. Tier 1 sells for $170, Tier 2 sells for $215, and Tier 3 sells for $250. To purchase a festival pass visit: bit.ly/dB2015tickets
What’s there to do in the daytime?
This year’s program includes audio/visual workshops,panel discussions, and artist talks.
You can also purchase tickets to the Saturday boat party happening from 1:30 PM to 5:30 PM. OPTICAL events are scheduled on Saturday and Sunday from 6:00 PM to 9:30 PM. Please note that the boat parties are NOT included in your full festival pass.
I’m coming in from out of town, where should I stay?
We are pleased to collaborate with W Seattle again as the official hotel partner of the 2015 Decibel Festival. Situated in the heart of downtown, the contemporary and stylish W Seattle offers 415 deluxe guestrooms, and 9 suites, and is close to art and music venues and downtown attractions including the famous Pike Place Market. Plan your productive day, spend a playful night in the hotel’s award-winning Living Room starting with the Festival’s daily DJ Happy Hour from 4-7pm or dine in TRACE restaurant, offering a localist perspective on urban dining with a hint of Asian notes. For an inspirational drink, pull up to the lively Trace bar for hand-crafted cocktails and liquor from regional distilleries, a wine list highlighting notable regional vintners and other beverages including interesting varieties of sake and locally brewed beers.
Located just blocks from five of the main Decibel Festival venues (The Showbox, Showbox Sodo, The Crocodile, The Triple Door and Re-Bar) W Seattle is ideally situated for festival attendees. This year we are proud to be hosting the guest will call booth, ticketing, merchandise and dB DJ Lounge at W Seattle, along with a few other surprises to be announced over the coming weeks.
To reserve your discounted hotel room at W Seattle; please visit the W Seattle Reservation Page.
The discounted hotel room rate ends on September 9th.
How should I get around?
All venues involved in Decibel Festival are all within a two mile radius. Transportation options range from King County Metro, Lyft, Uber, Flywheel, or find a fellow festival-goer and walk to and from venue.
Where should I eat and drink?
Seattle’s Belltown, Downtown, and Capitol Hill neighborhoods have a plethora of restaurants and bars. Check out our Visitor Page for additional information and suggestions.
Any final words of advice?
Founded in 2003, Decibel Festival has become a unique platform for exposing attendees to leading-edge multimedia art from around the globe. With a focus on live performance, interactive multimedia art, state-of-the-art sound and technology based education; Decibel has solidified itself as one of the premier electronic music festivals and promotional organizations in the world. The five-day festival program averages over 25,000 attendees a year.
This is a safe space. We welcome you to dance, to discover, and to immerse yourself in this multi-sensory experience. Misogyny, racism, homophobia, transphobia, bigotry, or violence of any kind will not be tolerated. If you experience any of the above violations or feel unsafe in any way, please notify a staff member and the issue will be dealt with promptly. Please respect the space and the people with whom you are sharing it.
Thank you for being here, and for being a part of our fantastic community!
1) Please be mindful that as a pass-holder that while you have access to all showcases and after hours, occasionally venues will be at capacity, which in turn leads to a “one-in-one” out policy. This is especially true for lower capacity venues like The Crocodile, Re-Bar and The Triple Door. Arrive early for showcases with the potential to sell out in order to ensure you enjoy the showcase! We will do our best to alert attendees through social media when venues do hit capacity.
2) Showbox, The Crocodile, and The Triple Door are only blocks apart
3) Q Nightclub, which is a block away from Neumos, is the only after-hours that your pass gets you access to.
4) On Saturday and Sunday, you can hit both the boat parties (1:30PM – 5:30PM) and (6 – 9:30) OPTICAL events.
5) Due to limited capacity Decibel Festival Pass Holders must pick up tickets at the Triple Door box office the day of the show by 6 PM for guaranteed seating (one ticket per pass holder)
7) GET A DB PASS AND ROAM FREE: http://bit.ly/dB2015tickets