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Upstream Music Fest + Summit
(Upstream Music Fest + Summit Illustration)

Attendees of the upcoming Upstream Music Fest + Summit in Seattle can now prep for the big event with a new app that is packed with features that should aid in helping people discover and connect with more than 300 artists.

The inaugural Upstream, conceived of by music nut and Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, runs May 11-13 in Seattle’s Pioneer Square neighborhood. The event is made up of a summit, with keynote speakers and discussions and workshops centered around the modern business of music, and a festival, with hundreds of emerging acts from the Pacific Northwest.

The app, powered by Amazon Web Services, is free in the App Store for iOS and on Google Play for Android. Basic features include schedules, a map and push notifications. But advanced features make the app unique, in that users will have the ability to tip artists, listen to curated playlists, check capacity at venues and set up Braindates in order to engage with fellow attendees.

Upstream app
Navigation screens and artist profile in the Upstream app. (Upstream Image)
Upstream app
Upstream radio, music recommender and “tip the artist” integration. (Upstream Image)
Upstream app
Interactive map, venues capacity indicator and Braindates feature. (Upstream Image)

The “digital tip jar” is a great way for fans to show the love for a particular artist who put on a good show. Users can leave money or messages, and Upstream is one of the first festivals to integrate the feature, according to a news release from organizers.

Discovering and listening to new music is also a big part of the app, as Upstream prides itself on the guest curators who have assembled the lineup that makes up the festival. By linking a Facebook account, users can get recommendations for music at Upstream based on artists and posts they’ve liked or favorited on Facebook.

The full lineup and schedule with times and venues is also now available on the Upstream website.

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