August 17, 2023

Forrest Templin

Bellingham Exit Presents New Concert and Event Series

Exit the ordinary. Enter the extraordinary. Introducing Bellingham Exit, a multi-day, multi-stage, multi-sensory experience held in Downtown Bellingham, Wednesday, Oct. 11 through Sunday, Oct.15. The festival will feature music, art, comedy, dance parties, art vendors and curiosities on the fringe of expectations. Line-up includes: Deltron 3030 (reunited hip-hop project), The Hu (Mongolian metal legends), Monet X Change (RuPaul's Drag Race), Marc Maron (stand-up comedian and screenwriter), Joe Pera (stand-up comedian), The Pharcyde (classic hip-hop artists), Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway (bluegrass Grammy winner), The Funk Hunters (funky electronic duo) and many more.


Artists and fans will exit the ordinary with familiar downtown music venues transformed into living, breathing art installations. Bellingham Exit draws comparison to other events that take over cities like South By Southwest, Treefort Music Festival and Iceland Airwaves but is set apart by it’s art-forward approach, themed this year after Bellingham’s “natural world.” Exit’s Core Venues–Wild Buffalo (The Nest Stage), The Shakedown (Mush Room Stage), The Blue Room (Moon Emporium Stage), New Prospect Theater (Deep Sea Comedy Stage)--will be brought to life by WWU professor Mark Kuntz and the team at Bellingham Theatreworks. The inaugural Bellingham Exit includes free concerts in unexpected spaces (a tiki bar, record store, ice cream shop), supported directly by local businesses. More than nine community partners are scheduled to host these DIY, pop-up style shows around the city. Attendees will also find treasures and culture at Bellingham Bazaar, a two-day indie art market, produced by BE. 


A limited 200 festival passes will be available for Bellingham Exit offering fans priority access to all events throughout the week. Individual tickets will also be available, as well as various “free with RSVP” events throughout downtown.


Interested parties can expect to find detailed information for individual events promoted digitally through the Bellingham Exit website and social media.

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A team of local and regional industry professionals compile the Exit team. Hunter Motto is the music director for Bellingham festival, Northwest Tune-Up, Creative Director at The Crocodile–a legendary Seattle venue–and a Western Washington Alumni. Off the heels of a successful Northwest Tune-Up festival, Hunter and his team aim to grow and elevate the local music and arts community through Bellingham Exit.

Our Core Venues - Familiar venues transformed with art installations and experiential design themed after Bellingham’s “natural world.” This is a ticketed music, comedy and spectacle series.

  • Wild Buffalo: The Nest Stage
  • The Shakedown: Mush Room Stage
  • The Blue Room: Moon Emporium Stage
  • New Prospect Theatre: Deep Sea Comedy Stage

Our Pop-Up Venues - Nontraditional spaces with free concerts & performances.

  • Ritual Records
  • Black Noise Records
  • Red Rum Tiki Bar
  • Champlin Guitars
  • Culture Cafe
  • Bantam
  • Mallard Ice Cream
  • Gruff Brewing
  • The Upfront Theatre

Bellingham Bazaar, our 2-day indie art market with 30+ PNW vendors and craftspeople

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