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caption: Fans of Deep Sea Diver cheer as the band performs on Friday, November 12, 2021, at Showbox in Seattle.
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Fans of Deep Sea Diver cheer as the band performs on Friday, November 12, 2021, at Showbox in Seattle.
Credit: KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

Keep on rocking in the Covid world: Live music returns to Seattle

"People’s joy and energy is infectious and it’s hard to create that on your own," said Jessica Dobson of the band Deep Sea Diver.

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fter a long hiatus as a result of the pandemic, live music and performance has returned to Seattle.

With safety precautions such as masking and proof of vaccination in place, fans have begun to see their favorite artists perform again, in person.

"We have a long history here, so to be in person with the people who helped us be sustainable, and to finally get to sing these songs in person with these people who were singing so loudly and so passionately, it was a very beautiful and memorable experience for us," Dobson said.

During last month's Freakout Festival, nearly 120 performers played live shows for in-person audiences. The festival, which began nine years ago, partnered with Mexico City's NRMAL Festival this year, bringing in nine bands from Latin America.

"No small feat in the midst of a pandemic," said Freakout Festival co-founder Guy Kelter.

"After two years of near constant planning and struggling, we achieved something really special with this year's Freakout Festival," Kelter said.

"Life has been so full of pain, heartache and general boredom these days. This festival felt like a gift, bringing together our wonderful rock and roll scene."

caption: A masked crowd listens as Madeline The Person opens for The Aces on Friday, November 12, 2021, at Neumos in Seattle.
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A masked crowd listens as Madeline The Person opens for The Aces on Friday, November 12, 2021, at Neumos in Seattle.
Credit: KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer
caption: Mini Trees performs ahead of Deep Sea Diver on Friday, November 12, 2021, at Showbox in Seattle.
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Mini Trees performs ahead of Deep Sea Diver on Friday, November 12, 2021, at Showbox in Seattle.
Credit: KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer
caption: Fans of Deep Sea Diver cheer as the band walks onto the stage before performing on Friday, November 12, 2021, at Showbox in Seattle.
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Fans of Deep Sea Diver cheer as the band walks onto the stage before performing on Friday, November 12, 2021, at Showbox in Seattle.
Credit: KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer
caption: A crowd gathers as Balto performs at Tractor Tavern during Freakout Festival on Sunday, November 14, 2021, in Seattle.
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A crowd gathers as Balto performs at Tractor Tavern during Freakout Festival on Sunday, November 14, 2021, in Seattle.
Credit: KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer
caption: Fans listen as Mini Trees performs on Friday, November 12, 2021, at Showbox in Seattle.
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Fans listen as Mini Trees performs on Friday, November 12, 2021, at Showbox in Seattle.
Credit: KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer
caption: 'No Mask No Service' signs are plastered around the Tractor Tavern as Balto performs during Freakout Festival on Sunday, November 14, 2021, in Seattle.
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'No Mask No Service' signs are plastered around the Tractor Tavern as Balto performs during Freakout Festival on Sunday, November 14, 2021, in Seattle.
Credit: KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer
caption: Jessica Dobson performs with Deep Sea Diver in front of a large crowd on Friday, November 12, 2021, at Showbox in Seattle.
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Jessica Dobson performs with Deep Sea Diver in front of a large crowd on Friday, November 12, 2021, at Showbox in Seattle.
Credit: KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer
caption: A fan holds a lighter in the air as Madeline The Person performs ahead of The Aces on Friday, November 12, 2021, at Neumos in Seattle.
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A fan holds a lighter in the air as Madeline The Person performs ahead of The Aces on Friday, November 12, 2021, at Neumos in Seattle.
Credit: KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer
caption: Balto performs during Freakout Festival on Sunday, November 14, 2021, at the Tractor Tavern in Seattle.
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Balto performs during Freakout Festival on Sunday, November 14, 2021, at the Tractor Tavern in Seattle.
Credit: KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer
caption: Mini Trees performs ahead of Deep Sea Diver on Friday, November 12, 2021, at Showbox in Seattle.
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Mini Trees performs ahead of Deep Sea Diver on Friday, November 12, 2021, at Showbox in Seattle.
Credit: KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer
caption: Mini Trees performs ahead of Deep Sea Diver on Friday, November 12, 2021, at Showbox in Seattle.
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Mini Trees performs ahead of Deep Sea Diver on Friday, November 12, 2021, at Showbox in Seattle.
Credit: KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer
caption: Jessica Dobson performs with Deep Sea Diver in front of a large crowd on Friday, November 12, 2021, at Showbox in Seattle.
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Jessica Dobson performs with Deep Sea Diver in front of a large crowd on Friday, November 12, 2021, at Showbox in Seattle.
Credit: KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer
caption: A large crowd gathers to listen to Deep Sea Diver perform on Friday, November 12, 2021, at Showbox in Seattle.
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A large crowd gathers to listen to Deep Sea Diver perform on Friday, November 12, 2021, at Showbox in Seattle.
Credit: KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer
caption: A fan listens as Balto performs during Freakout Festival on Sunday, November 14, 2021, at Tractor Tavern in Seattle.
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A fan listens as Balto performs during Freakout Festival on Sunday, November 14, 2021, at Tractor Tavern in Seattle.
Credit: KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer