Performer’s Information

Performer submissions for the 2020 Seattle HEMPFEST® are Open.

How Does Your Band Play the big HEMPFEST event?

Please read this page thoroughly for information on how to submit your material for consideration to be a performer at the Seattle HEMPFEST® 2020 event. 

Way #1:

The Seattle HEMPFEST® organization has teamed up with SONICBIDS (@sonicbids) which makes booking gigs fast and easy for both new and established artists.

New to Sonicbids? Sign up to submit your act to the 
Seattle HEMPFEST® entertainment committee for consideration to perform. If you have questions about how to sign up, please email [email protected] 


Sonicbids is easy to use. A performer creates an account with Sonicbids for a fee and then uploads all demo package information. It is cleaner and greener, easier and faster. Sonicbids splits each submission fee with HEMPFEST (a free to attend event) to help offset the cost of back-line gear and performer hospitality during the event.

Sonicbids is another step in Seattle HEMPFEST desire to lessen our carbon footprint. This helps us evolve into a more green, more eco-friendly steward of the planet. HEMPFEST makes a big impact, and we ask you to join us in reducing waste and conserving resources by digitally submitting your demo package. 

Scroll down for more info on Sonicbids pricing and memberships.

Way #2.

We greatly prefer an electronic press-kit via Sonicbids because it is more environmentally friendly and is easier for us to manage, but bands can still submit via snail-mail by sending hard-copy press-kit submissions  to HEMPFEST Entertainment c/o HEMPFEST Central, 3220 NE 125th Street, Seattle, WA, 98125, OR by e-mail: [email protected]

We review from 300 – 400 music acts annually. We thank all of the acts who submit each year. We simply do not have enough slots to book all the great music that we’d like to. Sometimes the process of choosing can be agonizing. Every year there are bands we want badly that we can’t squeeze on the bill that year. If they keep submitting eventually they make it on.

NOTE: Seattle HEMPFEST takes place in public parks, and the Seattle HEMPFEST Entertainment Committee prioritizes music acts that do not feature excessive profanity, racial epitaphs, or crude vulgarities in their messaging. In addition, selected acts that use a lot of profanity, etc., during their performance are not asked back.

More on Sonic Bids:

Sonicbids is the leading matchmaking site for emerging bands and music promoters. Since its launch in 2001, Sonicbids has become the de-facto standard for submitting music to events and opportunities around the globe, counting as partners thousands of prominent events and festivals in North America, Europe, and Australia. Today, the Company boasts a registered membership base of 325,000 bands from over 100 different countries, who use the site daily to connect with 25,000 music “promoters” – ranging from some of the world’s largest music festivals and music conferences, to clubs, coffee houses, cruise ships, colleges, advertising agencies, brand managers, podcasters, music supervisors and other people looking to book, license or broadcast music. In 2010, bands and artists using Sonicbids booked close to 80,000 “gigs” through the site. Sonicbids’ mission is to empower the Artistic Middle Class. Get a Gig or Book a Band at

Sonicbids is a Social Music Marketing platform that connects bands, promoters, consumer brands and music fans. Sonicbids was launched in 2001 with a basic mission: great music should always find an audience. It has since grown into a global marketing platform connecting more than 350,000 bands with 26,000 promoters from over 100 different countries with an aggregate reach of 100 million socially connected music fans.

Sonicbids is the online launching pad for many of today’s hot artists and has exclusive partnerships with many taste-making events and consumer brands like South By Southwest, Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, CMJ Music Marathon, Red Bull, Marriott Hotels and Diesel Industry.

New to Sonicbids? Sign up to submit your band to Seattle Hempfest and get a free trial, plus 25 “Tokens” to submit to 25 Token Gig Listings at no additional cost. Previous Sonicbids members can reactivate their membership for only $1!

Do bands get paid for playing the HEMPFEST protestival?

Rarely. Staffed primarily by volunteers, the HEMPFEST® event is free to attend and has no admission fee. Therefore most of the 100 plus acts that perform each year do so without compensation, as a contribution to the cause. There are rare exceptions when we pay a top headliner their benefit fee.

We are working hard to bring in more revenue so we can pay the world-class acts that make us so proud, but we’re not there yet. Music is a huge part of any culture, and ours is no exception. We honor the hundreds of brands and thousands of musicians who have contributed to the Seattle HEMPFEST cause over the years. It is a privilege to work with so many professionals who are passionate about their beliefs. Together we all make the HEMPFEST mission possible.

What do some of our past performers have to say about playing the Seattle HEMPFEST event?

“…We had a great experience at HempFest — from the beginning talks with Levi, all of your coordination messages and with all the fine folks working the Seeley Memorial Stage where we performed (a few of our members also got to sit in on a couple of main stage sets). Everyone was so nice to us, with no ego! Our introduction before our set was really nice and the accolades after were awesome! The folks working the Seeley were a bunch of fun. When we first showed up, we were told we needed badges to get back-stage and I heard many varying reports on where to get these badges for me and my bandmates. I never actually found them! But as our set time got closer, the folks working the stage realized that we were indeed about to play on that stage with/without badges I thought the whole thing was fun and had a great light feeling too — it could have easily been a moment of egos and rules and a game of who-is-in-charge. Nope! Went nice and smooth — ya ’know like normal people. Thanks for all the awesomeness, we’d definitely like to apply for next year — hopefully, move up to the main stage. Thanks again!”
— Jonny Sonic, 2016

“We had a great experience! Everything was good, from the sound to the snack there available to musicians! Thanks again for having us! Looking forward to next years Festival !”
— Africa Violeta, 2016

“…We had a blast. In fact, we have no complaints. Everything went smoothly. The gear transport was worth waiting for – hauling the Rhodes on our own would’ve sucked, but with the golf carts, it was straight forward and easy. The accommodations backstage were great! The food was tasty and the dab tent was intense. But, most of all, the staff were awesome. Our stage manager was great. She got us where we needed to be when we needed to be there. The sound man was pretty spot-on, too. The stage was moved quickly and efficiently. The on-stage sound started a bit rough, but was soon dialed in…”
— Ray C., Don’t Move, 2016

“…We just would like to highly acknowledge you and your staff for being very accommodating and hospitable at HempFest! Both the Main Stage and Seeley Stage Managers were very professional and attentive! We were struck and impressed with their professionalism and kindness!”
— Jessica Domingo Management, 2015

“Thank you so much for having us at this year’s Hempfest!! We really enjoyed being part of such a great event! The sound guys were awesome! They really came through for us and did a great job. Everyone was really nice and helpful. The food backstage was excellent! It was a first-class experience and we look forward to being considered again next year. If there’s anything we can do to give back or help further the cause of hemp and/or music in any way, please don’t hesitate to ask. Thank you again, I hope you and everyone at Hempfest headquarters has a great weekend!”
– VoxMirage, 2015

“Absolutely first class as the organizers did such a great job for any size event and even more so on one as large as this. The selection and notification process was smooth, their timely and thorough posting of info and personally responding back to the artists without delay was one of the best I have ever experienced. Once at the gig they were very hospitable, nice backstage accommodations and their sound and stage crew were the best I have ever experienced.”
– Rich Wetzel, 2014

“What an awesome bunch of folks. Hospitality was wonderful and the crowd was great too. We had a blast.”
– Paradigm Quartet

“As crazy as this event was due to the number of people who showed up, the organizers did a very good job of accommodating us and making sure our performance went as smooth as possible. Additionally, all of the staff were very nice and willing to offer any help we needed.”
– Moyra

“Really professional. Treated us well and very organized. Good folks.”
– Half Acre Day

“The entire staff of HEMPFEST® was excellent to work with, very accommodating. The event itself was GREAT, huge turn-out, everything in regards to our show went off without a hitch. Very professional group and we would work with them again in a heartbeat. ”
– Ockham’s Razor

“Big thank you to the fine folks at HEMPFEST® for putting on such a first-rate festival! Communication was excellent, hospitality was very good, and we were treated just great! It was our pleasure to take part in such a massive event. Thank you HEMPFEST®!”
– Shanghai Woolies

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