April 4, 2023

Steph Nitsch

Northwest Tune-Up Announces 2023 Music Lineup for Second Edition

Northwest Tune-Up is pleased to announce the full musical lineup for its second annual bike, beer, and music festival in Bellingham, Washington, July 14–16, 2023. 

The Northwest Tune-Up’s inaugural festival in 2022 brought an unforgettable music lineup to Bellingham’s Waterfront District. For 2023, the festival’s talent director, Hunter Motto, also of Seattle, Washington’s legendary independent music venue, The Crocodile, has raised the bar with another remarkable lineup of 24 artists.

"This year's Tune-Up line-up was supercharged by the outpouring of artist excitement coming out of last year's event. We continue to prioritize music discovery, local and regional favorites and headliners who bring energy and soulfulness to our unique festival grounds,” said Motto.

STRFKR, Galactic featuring Anjelika “Jelly” Joseph, The Crystal Method and The Floozies will headline the festival with dynamic performances late into the night. Local, Bellingham-based bands like Hot Damn Scandal, Smooth Kiwi and Silk Jammies will kick off each afternoon. And a variety of regional and international acts will keep festival-goers dancing well into the evening, with performances from the likes of  Snotty Nose Rez Kids, the Juno Award-winning First Nations hip-hop duo from Kitamat, British Columbia; Say Sue Me, a surf rock-inspired band from Busan, South Korea; Moontricks, an electro-folk group in the West Kootenays, British Columbia that blends banjos and big basslines; and Travis Thompson, a young, Seattle-area rapper who made his major-label debut in 2019. Additionally, Bellingham musician and podcaster Robert Sarazin Blake will perform short sets and interview musicians between acts.

Confirmed artists include:

  • STRFKR (Portland, OR)
  • Galactic featuring Anjelika “Jelly” Joseph (New Orleans, LA)
  • The Crystal Method (Las Vegas, NV)
  • The Floozies (Lawrence, KS)
  • Mereba (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Grateful Shred (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Easy Star All-Stars (New York City, NY)
  • Moontricks (Argenta, BC, Canada)
  • The Brothers Comatose (San Francisco, CA)
  • Snotty Nose Rez Kids (Kitamat, BC, Canada)
  • Fleetmac Wood (Los Angeles, CA)
  • True Loves (Seattle, WA)
  • Travis Thompson (Seattle, WA)
  • Rayland Baxter (Nashville, TN)
  • Rozzi (San Francisco, CA)
  • Say Sue Me (Busan, South Korea) 
  • Cytrus (Seattle, WA)
  • Shana Cleveland (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Hot Damn Scandal (Bellingham, WA)
  • Smooth Kiwi (Bellingham, WA)
  • Harbor Day (Bellingham, WA)
  • Silk Jammies (Bellingham, WA)
  • Niko Haley (Seattle, WA)
  • The Table Tent with Robert Sarazin Blake (Bellingham, WA)

New for 2023, artists will perform on one, central stage in Bellingham’s redeveloped Waterfront District, with performances running until later in the night. Responding to last year’s festivalgoers’ excitement, these changes will provide an enhanced experience for ticket holders to enjoy more music and production value later into the night.

The complete 2023 schedule, including performance dates and times, will be announced on June 1, 2023. Listen to the artists who will be performing at the 2023 NW Tune-Up by subscribing to the NW Tune-Up Spotify playlists.

Ticket Pricing

Three-day early bird festival passes are on sale until May 13, 2023 for $125 (adults) and $50 (youth, 13-17). Tickets are free for children under 12. Full-price passes go on sale May 14, 2023. Single-day and twilight (music-only) tickets will be announced May 9 and June 1, respectively. Passes, including a limited number of on-site VanLife camping passes, can be purchased at

About Northwest Tune-Up

Northwest Tune-Up is a community-forward bike, beer and music festival in Bellingham, Washington that is dedicated to improving cycling access, fostering recreational development and preserving Pacific Northwest heritage. Nestled in the northwest corner of the state, Bellingham has grown into a cycling mainstay of the West Coast. Well-known for its access to the Cascade Mountains and San Juan Islands, the region has flourished with year-round trail and recreational opportunities and is surrounded by an active cycling community on the forefront of craft brewing, music and art. The 2023 Northwest Tune-Up will return for its second year July 14–16, 2023. For more festival information, visit

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