Seattle's Decibel Festival Suspended Indefinitely

Richie Hawtin performs at Decibel Festival
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Richie Hawtin performs at the EMP Museum as part of Decibel Festival on Sept. 27, 2014 in Seattle.

After more than a decade of operations, the founder of Seattle’s Decibel Festival has announced that the event will be going on an “extended break.”

Initially inspired by Montreal’s MUTEK event, the west-coast takeover grew to reach 25,000 attendants at last year’s edition, and founder Sean Horton cites a move to Los Angeles to work with Red Bull as a major reason.

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"Considering the new career path and distance from Seattle, it is with a heavy heart that I am announcing that after 11 straight annual editions, Decibel will be taking an extended break," Horton acknowledged in a statement posted on the festival's website. "Know that Decibel as an organization will continue and this is a temporary and much needed break."

In lieu of the festival, Horton also asks supporters to consider attending the first-ever Chance of Rain festival, which will take place in various locations in Seattle from September 28 to October 2, and will be run by many former Decibel staff members. 


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