Visitor Info


This year’s will call will be located at EMP Museum (325 5th Ave. N. – centrally located just under the Space Needle at Seattle Center). Located at the Group Entrance on 5th Avenue N and Harrison Street,adjacent to the vehicle turnaround at the silver end of the building. In addition to serving as will call this year, EMP will house the box office, media lounge, merchandise, dB Conference and 11 of our most anticipated showcases (see the 2014 program for more info). In other words, you can consider EMP the the official hub of the 2014 Decibel Festival. In addition, Decibel Pass Holders will be given full access to the EMP Museum during normal business hours (10AM to 5PM). If you have questions, go there and dB staff will be able to assist you, or you can email tickets@dbfestival.comWill call hours are as follows: * Tues, Sep. 23 ~ 5:30 PM – 9pm * Wed-Fri, Sept. 24-26 ~ 12:00 PM – 10:00 PM * Sat, Sept. 27 ~ 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM ALL PASSES MUST BE PICKED UP DURING THIS TIME. Tickets for individual events may be purchased in advance through the our ticket page, the venue or at the Will Call/Box Office area at EMP Museum. 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 and merchandise areas.


Silver Entrance (Group Entrance)
Location: Harrison St, corner of Harrison & 5th avenue N
Access: Will Call, Box Office, JLB Theater, Sky Church
Silver Group Entrance

Gold Entrance (South Entrance)
Location: 5th Ave N, corner of Broad and 5th ave N (right under the monorail)
Access: Level 3 ONLY
Gold Entrance 2

Red Entrance

Access: Open until 5pm for quick access to the JLB theater/lobby. After 5:00pm it will be closed.
Red Entrance


2014 marks the beginning of an exciting partnership between EMP Museum and Decibel Festival. As part of this partnership, Decibel will be hosting our will call, media lounge, conference, two OPTICAL events, two A/V concerts, happy hour events and opening gala event at various spaces within EMP. In addition, Decibel will be hosting several of our most anticipated audio/visual showcases across three state-of-the-art venues, including; the JBL Theater, the multi-floored Level 3 and the awe-inspiring Sky Church, which boasts 65 foot ceilings and a mammoth 60′ x 33′ HD LED screen.

With 11 showcases and the entire dB Conference taking place at EMP this year, we look forward to consolidating much of the festival experience. In addition, Decibel Festival Pass holders will have full access to explore EMP’s exhibits, including the recently launched Spectacle: The Music Video interactive exhibit.



We are pleased to collaborate with W Seattle as the official hotel partner of the 2014 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 varietals of sake and locally brewed beers.



In order to gain entry to a bar in Seattle, you must be 21 or over and have a valid form of identification (whether it is a passport, a drivers license or a government issued identification card). Bring your ID absolutely everywhere because all bars and venues in Seattle WILL check your ID and will most definitely refuse you entry if you do not have it. Bars are open until 2:00 AM, but will often stop selling drinks at 1:30AM (1:45 AM bar time). Grocery stores and other corner stores now sell alcohol (spirits), beer, and wine, and will continue to do so until 2:00 AM. For a list of local grocery stores, please view the GUIDE TO CAPITOL HILL or the GUIDE TO DOWNTOWN, which lists the hours and phone numbers for stores close to the venues (SEE MAPS BELOW).



Check out our picks for Downtown/Belltown venues, restaurants, bars, hotels, coffee and shops.  View Guide to Downtown Belltown : 2014 Decibel Festival in a larger map


Check out our picks for Capitol Hill venues, restaurants, bars, hotels, coffee and shops. View Guide to Capitol Hill : 2014 Decibel Festival in a larger map