By Ian Bremner
Seattle’s historically cool and increasingly populated neighborhood, Ballard will be taken over by the 4th annual Macefield Festival September 30-October 2. Macefield Festival is named after legendary Ballard citizen, Edith Macefield who flat-out refused to sell her home and land to commercial developers. The boarded up house still remains well after her death completely surrounded by parking garages, a gym, a donut shop, a grocery store and a lifeless Ross Dress For Less. Her story was the main inspiration behind the Pixar movie, UP, but her legacy locally is more cult-hero. She is the perfect representation for Ballard.
In a time where Seattle’s social landscape is changing just as fast as its physical landscape, especially Ballard, Macefield is a chance to get back to the roots. Ballard is known for a gritty music and arts scene with bars and music venues up and down Ballard Ave and Macefield brings them all together to create a unique neighborhood festival. The Sunset Tavern, Tractor Tavern and Conor Byrne host bands all day and deep into the night. Stages are set up in parking lots, and also allows some of the newer bars get into the action. Where Ballard is mecca to beer, beards and flannel normally, Macefield takes all of those up a notch and gives all types of folks a chance to get communal.
Like in previous years, 2016 Macefield features artists both new and old on the Seattle music scene. A full lineup is below, including Erik Blood, WIMPS and Shelby Earl.