Day In Day Out Revives The Music Community In The Heart of Seattle

In a city with a close-knit music scene, Daydream State presented some of the biggest musical acts from across the board to Seattle concert enthusiasts.

Daydream State, who also produced The Capitol Hill Block Party, seemed to tailor this year’s Day In Day Out acts to the indie and alternative community. Despite it only being the festivals second year running, the event brought in crowds from all over and had a great turnout.

The three-day festival started out with a bang with Mitski being the main headliner on the first day. Mitski performed in such a theatrical way with their mellow songs and exaggerated gestures. Other acts included Sampa The Great and Muna, who are both quickly rising to fame.

The second day of the festival was not one to have been missed. Personally, it was my favorite day of the whole event. The lineup included JPEGMAFIA, Turnstile, and Mac DeMarco. All of these acts brought a whole new energy that Seattle needed.

JPEGMAFIA constantly interacted with the crowd of festival goers and reciprocated their energy. A moment worth noting was when the rapper juxtaposed his normal songs and sang a brief cover of the 2012 hit song- “Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepson.

Turnstile may have easily been my favorite live performance of all time. Their set had fans moshing and jumping over the front barricade and it was clear that the crowd needed that shot of energy after standing in the blazing Seattle heat. After Turnstiles set, it was clear that their performance gave the audience a high that would take a while to come down from.

As the main headliner of day two, Mac DeMarco mellowed out the crowd with his nostalgic love songs. His set was supplemented with comedic jokes and playful fake accents, which made the crowd laugh in unison. DeMarco played exclusive songs that he hadn’t played live in years, which brought the crowd onto a rollercoaster of emotions- Happy to see their favorite artist, but sad that it had to end.

In what felt like the shortest and longest weekend ever, day three rolled around featuring the likes of Jamila Woods, Japanese Breakfast, and The National. Wrapping the festival, these acts provided the crowd with a sense of community within music.

It became transparent that although Japanese Breakfast wasn’t the main headliner of the last day, she was easily a crowd favorite. Delicate songwriting and show-stopping performance aside, Japanese Breakfast interacted with her fans as some brought her traditional Asian fruit to hold on stage. Japanese Breakfast also introduced her set by playing the gong, an instrument that had originated in Asian countries during The Bronze Age. These moments were of significance to Japanese Breakfasts’ Asian-American heritage, which is something she speaks of with honor in her New York Times best-selling book, “Crying In H Mart.” This performance spoke volumes and was some of the best moments of the festival.

Day In Day Out brought together music lovers of all demographics and provided them with a safe space to enjoy themselves. Joy was radiating in the air and Seattle danced like they have never danced before.

With this festival being so new, it went above and beyond any expectations that could have been held. Day In Day Out wasn’t just an event, but a unique experience that brought happiness and sunshine to a normally gloomy city. Next year’s Day In Day Out could not come any sooner!