The core of the festival comprises concerts, performances, commissioned work, film screenings and exhibitions. The programing is presented in a variety of locations throughout Seattle, centered around the Capitol Hill neighborhood and Downtown. In addition to these performance programs, Decibel also includes a professional section featuring panels, lectures and workshops.
These serve as a meeting ground for leading-edge artists, labels and music gear manufacturers.
In fall 2011, Decibel celebrated its largest edition to date, pulling in over 23,000 attendees. The 2011 edition sold both record numbers of festival passes (up 18% from 2010) and individual showcase tickets (up 45% from 2010).
Since its inception, Decibel has hosted over 750 acts ranging from underground dance and experimental electronic music to transmedial art.