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.
“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.