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The main stage at the 2017 Upstream Music Fest + Summit in Seattle. (Upstream Photo)

The Upstream Music Fest and Summit, created by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen last year as a way to showcase diverse musical talent, has announced some of the acts that will play the main stage at this year’s event, June 1-3 in Seattle’s Pioneer Square neighborhood.

Upstream revealed Monday that The Flaming Lips will headline the Amazon main Stage on Sunday and Cut Copy will also play Sunday on the KEXP stage.

The north parking lot of CenturyLink Field will feature those two stages and be referred to as the “Sound Lot.” Valerie June and Zola Jesus were also announced as acts on Monday and the specific days they are playing will be announced at a later date.

Upstream utilizes more than 15 venues for live music in the neighborhood and expects to announce more than 200 artists who will be performing at those venues.

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The Flaming Lips lead singer Wayne Coyne walks over the crowd in a bubble. (Flickr Photo / Pieter Morlion)

Last year, the festival and summit — which features speakers and workshops for music industry artists and professionals — attracted 30,000 attendees, and Allen called the inaugural event a success. Upstream has also shifted days, from Thursday-Saturday last year to Friday-Sunday this year.

Breakout sessions at the 2017 Summit featured Macklemore, Quincy Jones and others.

Guest curators for the festival include Chicago based online music publication Consequence of Sound, Nirvana’s Krist Novoselic, Portland’s independent record label Tender Loving Empire and more. The new guest curators join returning curators from 2017 including Sub Pop, Do206, Barsuk and Starbucks.

Ticket information can be found here.

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