Dubbed “The Best Weekend of Summer,” the Capitol Hill Block Party came back swinging after the COVID-19 pandemic forced the festival to go into hiatus for two years. The festival featured the likes of Charlie XCX, Diplo, Jai Wolf, Remi Wolf, 100 Gecs, Toro y Moi, and countless others. With acts that carry a mass following, like Charlie XCX and 100 Gecs, crowds of people poured in to see a glimpse of their favorite artists.
On Friday, the first day of the festival, Archie, Beach Bunny, TOKiMONSTA, Flo Milli, and Charlie XCX hit the main stage. Notably, the most hyped crowd wasn’t even for the main headliner, but rather for 22-year-old Atlanta-raised rapper, Flo Milli, who showcases sexual confidence for women in her songs. Regardless, all acts on the main stage made the Capitol Hill Block Party the place to be. Additionally, it was gratifying to see that all acts on the main stage were powerful woman-identifying artists, ready to display their talent to the masses.
The Seattle music scene would not be the Seattle music scene without putting the spotlight on local/smaller artists. At the Vera Stage, we had Michelle bringing in their full energy. Not being on the main stage never once seemed to kill this act’s spirit as they still performed with their all.
After a jam-packed first day, we had Jai Wolf, Toro y Moi, Danny Brown, Cannons, and Emunclaw performing on the second day of the festival.
At this point, we had a diverse crowd of attendees which could be due to day two of the festival featuring all types of genres- like electronic, indie, pop-punk, rap, and indie electro-funk.
While all acts were amazing in their own form, Toro y Moi stole the show for me. Toro y Moi’s funky tracks had the whole main stage crowd bopping their heads- regardless if they haven’t heard his music before. Toro y Moi made sure to include his hit song “The Difference” in his setlist and it suddenly clicked in the crowd. In the sea of fans, the guy next to me exclaimed, “Oh! He’s the one who sings this? I love this song!”
Also, a crowd favorite moment happened when rapper Danny Brown, brought a 9-year-old boy on stage to dance. The crowd became as rowdy as possible and cheered on the kid on stage.
By no means does performing on anything other than the main stage equate to small as Lizzy McAlpine took on the Vera Stage with almost 4 million monthly listeners on Spotify and absolutely crushed it.
Day 3 seemed to roll around in the blink of an eye with Diplo, 100 Gecs, Remi Wolf, and Duckwrth being the biggest names. The sun was blazing down upon the streets of Seattle making this the hottest day the city has seen in a while.
Although Diplo was the main headliner, it was clear that Remi Wolf stole the spotlight. Remi Wolf played her hit song, “Photo ID,” as well as my personal favorite, “Woo!” By far, Remi Wolf brought the most energy and personality out of all acts in the lineup. The artist was never once still and put on all the gifts that were thrown to her on stage, like hats and necklaces. At one point, Remi Wolf took a break from singing and actually got up to play the drums while her actual drummer became the lead for a song.
Duckwrth also put on an incredible performance, but that was never unexpected. The artist is known to put on one hell of a show and that they did. 100 Gecs and Diplo closed the night with their hyper music making the whole city of Seattle shake.
Under no circumstances is the Capitol Hill Block Party as big as other festivals like Coachella or Lollapalooza, but it has the potential to be. The vibrant music scene is, and always will be, a part of Seattle’s culture and this past weekend will continue to prove that as true.
If you missed out on this year’s killer lineup, be sure to keep tabs on the festivals’ Instagram, @capitolhillblockparty, to see the weekend recap AND to make sure you are ready to grab tickets for whenever next summer’s lineup comes out.