The 23rd annual Capitol Hill Block Party returns to the Pike-Pine corridor for what could be a pivotal year for the long-running summer fete.
With Sasquatch no more and Upstream’s bubble bursting, local music fans could use a bit of familiar festival-season news. On Tuesday that came, as summertime institution Capitol Hill Block Party — which returns to the Pike-Pine corridor July 19-21 — announced its 2019 lineup.
This year’s headliners are trap-rave/bass king RL Grime, electro-pop duo Phantogram and charismatic Minneapolis singer/rapper Lizzo, who’s currently setting the world ablaze with self-loving, body-positive anthems.
The lineup also includes L.A.-via-Portland rapper Aminé, disco-steeped bass music producer/singer Big Wild (of ODESZA’s Foreign Family Collective), Jungle, Snakehips, indie-rock star Mitski, Ekali, Denzel Curry, soulful Chicago rapper Saba, Cuco, Jpegmafia, Chelsea Cutler, Shallou, Medasin, electronic experimentalist Yves Tumor, Still Woozy, Ayokay, Jack Harlow, Vagabon, eclectic DJ crew A Tribe Called Red, Crooked Colours, Peach Pit, Robotaki, and hazy New York emcee Mike.
As usual, the weekend’s bolstered by a heavy slate of local standouts including Valley Maker, The Black Tones, Sloucher, Romaro Franceswa, NYC-based drummer Kassa Overall, Bearaxe, the ferocious Wild Powwers, Tres Leches, Red Ribbon, Kung Foo Grip, Perry Porter, Taylar Elizza Beth, Spesh, Jason McCue, Michete and more. Check out the rest of the lineup below.
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Single-day tickets start at $70, with three-day passes starting at $160 (plus another $15-$29 in fees). Two-day passes and VIP options are also on sale now.
Beyond the ticketed festival, the Block Party crew is hosting several free community events, including outdoor yoga, a skateboard competition and a Bat N’ Rouge fundraising softball game in Cal Anderson Park, plus artist panel/Q&A sessions and DJs in the Chophouse Row courtyard.
“With our three-day festival as the centerpiece, we’ve worked hard to develop additional free programming that benefits residents of Capitol Hill, our fundraising partners and Seattle at large,” said Kate Harris, Block Party’s associate producer, in the announcement. “The entire neighborhood will be alive with activity this summer during the best weekend of the year.”
2019 could be a pivotal year for the longstanding summer bash. After this year’s fest, the city plans to “assess the viability” of the event in the neighborhood, according to a Capitol Hill Seattle blog report, looking at how the annual Pike-Pine takeover impacts businesses and residents in the area.
Also performing: Evan Giia, Houses, Waax, Nina, Plastic Picnic, Breaks & Swells, Dreamcatchr, Scarlet Parke, Nick Weaver, Rudy, Mirrorgloss, Samurai Del, Actors, OK Sweetheart, Marshall Law Band, The Spider Ferns, Hoshin, Little Wins, Basins, Head to Head, Cold Comfort, Fluencie, Michigander, PSA, Chris King & the Gutterballs, Erin Rae & the Heartbeets, Episcool, Fleetwood Snack.