Thursday, June 2, 2016

Your last-minute guide to Volume 2016

Posted By on Thu, Jun 2, 2016 at 10:23 AM

If you're like many from Spokane, you do things at the last minute. But as this year's Volume is the largest yet, with 10 venues and more than 100 bands playing, there's no way you'll want to miss a thing. Here is our helpful guide to get you prepared and excited for the Inlander's annual music festival going down this weekend. 

How to Get Tickets

Wristbands are required for entry to all venues, and you can buy them at the temporary Volume HQ at Terrain/Overbluff Cellars (304 W. Pacific Ave.) from 5-10 pm Friday and 5-8 pm Saturday. Will call is at this same location, for those who've already purchased tickets. Venues also have some on hand for purchase at the door. Cost is $20 for both nights, if purchased before Friday, but then move up to $30 on Friday for two days and $20 on Saturday for a one night experience. They're available via cash or credit card.

What’s Happening When
The full up-to-date schedule is here. (You can customize your own, which is super-helpful.) Also note this year, you can get to venues more quickly by hopping on the Spokane Party Bus making the rounds downtown throughout the night from 7 pm to midnight. It's free with a Volume wristband. 

Which places are all-ages
The Big Dipper, Terrain/Overbluff Cellars, The Bartlett, Baby Bar/Neato Burrito (until 9 pm) and the Pin! are the five locations available to people under 21. 

The Hashtag: #INVolume
Use the #INVolume hashtag on Twitter and Instagram to share what you’re up to. Follow us on Twitter at @TheInlander and get updates on the Inlander and Volume Facebook pages.

Who’s Playing
Seattle hip-hop duo Shabazz Palaces are headlining and the rest of the band profiles are here. Also see our longer profiles on this year’s four Bands to Watch: The Smokes, Age of Nefilim, Ragtag Romantics and Jan Francisco (who is still playing the festival, even with a broken arm). Here are bands from around the nation you should check out.

Still need help deciding who to see?
Here are some curated lists, put together by Inlander music experts. With helpful classifications like: So you have kids, a mortgage and want to let loose? You know you're in good hands. 

Other helpful tips

Hydration - The National Weather Service is calling for especially hot temps this weekend, maybe even spiking into the 90s, so keeping yourself supplied with water will be even more important. While it makes sense that you'll want to drink some alcohol (if you're 21+), do so slowly, with water breaks in between. You have two days; you won't want to miss a thing. Plus, you've still got ElkFest next weekend, so be smart. 

Proper footwear - with 10 venues at this year's festivities, there is plenty of running between places to get to the next show, and you won't want your flip-flops or heels to slow you down. Plan accordingly. 

Earplugs - Boring, sure, but your ears will thank you. Pop those bad boys in and go to town. 

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Laura Johnson

Laura moved to the great Inland Pacific Northwest this summer. She is the Inlander's new music editor.