Hollow Earth Radio’s Magma Festival to showcase local music throughout March

The Central District’s very own Internet radio station and DIY space, Hollow Earth Radio, is gearing up for its annual music festival called Magma Festival. The festival takes place in venues all across the city, including one show that will literally go across the city inside a Link light rail train or two.

One year ago, the station was still being broadcast from an attic in Wallingford. Last summer, the all-volunteer, non-profit station raised enough money to move into their current space next to 20/20 Cycle on Union near 21st. The space had previously been used for storage.

Of the 11 shows in the festival lineup this year, four of them are in the Central District (with another one nearby in the Pike/Pine neighborhood). Amber Morgan, one of the station’s founders, and Rachel LeBlanc gave me the rundown on some of the upcoming shows in the area.

The March 6 show at Hollow Earth’s studio is a tribute to Beck’s album “One foot In the Grave.” Also at the studio, the hosts of the Central Sounds show will be holding something like an open mic with a beat March 20. DJs will be spinning beats and people can do spoken word, raps or anything else they want. Any DJ’s (aspiring or otherwise) can even bring their own records to spin.

“We want local kids to come out,” said Morgan.

The March 25 show at 20/20 is shaping up to be a mostly-acoustic, mostly women-led show. The March 11 show will be at Washington Hall. Prices per show vary, but you can get a Magma Pass that gets you into all the shows by donating $60. Passes can be purchased either online or by stopping by the station.

For a complete list of shows, visit the Magma Festival web page. Here’s a list of shows in (or near) the Central District:

March 6: NW Tribute to “One Foot In The Grave” | Hollow Earth Radio Studio | 7pm |
2018 E Union St (Central District)

Pica Beats – Cock & Swan – 1985 – Webelos – Levi Fuller –

ST Rainbow – Brad Dunn – Urban Outfitters plus more!



March 11: Washington Hall | 8pm | 153 14th Avenue (Central District)

The Hive Dwellers


Militant Child

Alex Miranda



March 12: Healthy Times Fun Club | 9pm | (Capitol Hill)

Broken Water


Kunt Kuntroll



March 20: CENTRAL SOUNDS Radio Show Presents | Hollow Earth Radio Studio | 8pm |
2018 E Union St (Central District)

DJ/MC/Spoken Word Open Grind

with Special Guests



March 25: 20/20 Cycle | 8pm | 2020 E Union St (Central District)

Tin Tree Factory

Polka Dot Dot Dot

Bicycle Choir

Tiffany Lin


The traveling Link light rail show meets at the International District Station:

March 5: Traveling Light Rail Show | Meet @ 5:30pm at International District Light Rail Station

Racer Sessions – Tahoe Jackson – Toy Boats – Jordan O Jordan – Jamey Braden –

Forrest Friends – Walrus Machine – Paul Hoskin – The Beaconettes – Movitas – Led to Sea

Free music, pay transit fare before boarding

Here’s a short promo for the festival:

MAGMA FESTIVAL 2011 from Dumb Eyes on Vimeo.

0 thoughts on “Hollow Earth Radio’s Magma Festival to showcase local music throughout March

  1. Kunt Kuntroll is the best Seattle band going. I’m sure you’ve heard them on the major radio stations.

    They are spreading far and wide!

    They’ll be opening for Lady Gaga and appearing on The Tonight Show next Tuesday.

    Catch a whiff!