The annual summer bash features a buzzy hip-hop collective and one of indie-rock's wittiest songwriters.
Summer still feels an eternity away, but the outdoor concert season is starting to take shape. After a string of one-off announcements the past two months — from contemporary rap kings to Seattle legends — local festival lineups and recurring summer faves are starting to trickle in.
First came a handful of Upstream main stage acts, followed by word of Sasquatch!’s renewed indie-rock focus. Yesterday round one of the Woodland Park Zoo’s ZooTunes series dropped, and now it’s Capitol Hill Block Party’s turn to fire up the ol’ hype machine. Organizers of the raucous summer bash, which takes over the Pike-Pine corridor July 20-22, revealed a chunk of this year’s lineup with a Tuesday morning party at KEXP.
The big names include irreverent indie-rock antihero Father John Misty, EDM party boy Dillon Francis and breakout hip-hop collective BROCKHAMPTON, fresh off a two-night stand at the Showbox.
Other notables include D.C. rapper GoldLink, Norwegian DJ/producer Cashmere Cat, indie-pop duo Oh Wonder, Alvvays, Betty Who, up-and-coming soul singer Jamila Woods and Sub Pop darlings Bully, who unleashed its grunge-punk fury on a packed Neumos last week.
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Seattle hip-hop luminaries Sol and Ryan Caraveo add to the 22-year-old urban fest’s local flavor, as do PARISALEXA, Dude York and soul septet the Dip.
Tickets for one, two or all three days are on sale now, with early-bird prices ranging from $65 to $155. Once the early-bird tickets are gone, prices spike to $75 for single day tickets, $120 for two-day passes and $170 for the whole weekend. VIP passes are currently fetching $300.
While Block Party is still a grueling four months away, you can always relive some of last year’s highlights with these 360-degree videos of performances from Run the Jewels, Thundercat and more.
Capitol Hill Block Party partial lineup by day
Friday, July 20:
Dillon Francis, GoldLink, Alvvays, Sol, Two Feet, Quinn XCII, Melvv, Kelly Lee Owens, Flasher, Dude York
Saturday, July 21:
BROCKHAMPTON, Oh Wonder, Betty Who, the Dip, Jamila Woods, Chet Porter, Gavin Turek, Pluto, Great Grandpa, Busty and the Brass, PARISALEXA, Metsa
Sunday, July 22:
Father John Misty, Cashmere Cat, Ryan Caraveo, Yaeji, Bully, TR/ST, Amber Mark, Overcoats, Chong the Nomad, Teskey Brothers