EXIT THE ORDINARY
A new multi-day, multi-stage, multi-sensory music & arts festival in downtown Bellingham, WA
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.