Freakout Weekender 2024 @ The Crocodile, Madame Lou’s, Here-After, and Belltown Yacht Club

A much-needed freaking out 🤘

📸: Freakout Weekender

📆 Saturday, March 2nd – Sunday, March 3rd
🎟 Tickets start at $57

📍 Venues including: The Crocodile, Madame Lou’s, Here-After, and Belltown Yacht Club

Now in its third year, Freakout Fest’s kid sibling, Freakout Weekender, once again lands with force in Belltown for a much-needed freaking out. 

Taking the international, psychedelic, punk ethos from the main Freakout Fest—which is longer and held in November—Freakout Weekender stuffs as many bands as possible inside a Saturday and Sunday for a concentrated dose of fun. Across the three stages of the Crocodile complex (the main stage, Madame Lou’s, and the Here-After), plus a stage at Belltown Yacht Club just down the street, 24 acts will strum, drum, and rage over 48 hours. 

One of the weekend’s co-headliners is Fuzz, a scuzzy, ’60s psych rock-influenced trio from San Francisco, which features rocker Ty Segall on vocals and drums. On headlining duties with them is Chicago three-piece Dehd, whose indie rock DIY sensibilities and heartfelt songwriter will be on full display. Derv Gordon, the legendary lead singer of English band The Equals, will also grace the festival with his velvet-smooth voice. Other Weekender highlights include Brazilian dream poppers Boogarin, energetic two-piece Sgt. Papers (I saw them play at the 2022 Freakout Festival and they rock) from Sonora, Mexico, Seattle DJ Gold Chisme’s entrancing darkwave project Dark Chisme, and the woozy, lo-fi, psychedelic rock stylings of Los Angeles’s Levitation Room

If you don’t recognize many of the bands on the lineup—don’t worry. The best thing about Freakout Weekender is the curation. Because of this fest, I’ve become a fan of so many cool bands from around the country and Latin America. Drift from room to room and bop along to music that sounds good to you. Mad Alchemy Liquid Light Show will be on deck projecting their trippy liquid light show onstage. (Don’t forget your earplugs!)

@theticketsea 🧪 Mad Alchemy from the Mad Alchemist 💧 If you were at Freakout Festival over the past weekend you couldn’t have missed the liquid light show at the Salmon Bay Hi stage. The guy behind it is Lance Gordon, who started mixing glass plates, ink, oil dye, and light when he was 17. We asked the Mad Alchemist about his techniques and how his analog show has evolved over the years.  Having worked with many of Freakout’s bands before, Lance said Friday night’s show was something of a “new-psych reunion” and “a great rock and roll night” as he lit up the Allah-Las, Death Valley Girls, The Shivas, and Night Beats, among others. He’s worked with Freakout for around eight years and done both Ballard’s Freakout Festival and Freakout Weekender at the Crocodile. “Seattle’s very lucky to have them,” he said of Freakout’s organizers, giving a special shout-out to Acid Tongue frontman Guy Keltner for his role in curating the festival’s lineup, saying, “He did a great job.” Then adding: “His band sounded great too.” 🎶: Allah-Las and @Acid Tongue #madalchemyliquidlightshow #freakoutfestival #seattlemusic ♬ original sound – TheTicketSeattle

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Jas Keimig

Jas Keimig is an arts and culture writer in Seattle. Their work has previously appeared in The Stranger, i-D, Netflix, and Feast Portland. They won a game show once and have a thing for stickers.