As you may recall, Capitol Hill Block Party announced their headliners a few weeks ago, showing an impressive depth for the festival both in genre and quality. By adding more acts via The Vera Stage, presented by Alaska Airlines Visa Signature Card Now, the Cap Hill area can expect even more impressive acts, both on a national and local scale.
The festival’s owner and producer, Jason Lajeunesse, had this to say: “The expanded Vera Stage is a direct result of feedback from Block Party attendees. For the last couple years, about half of the national acts played the 21 and over Neumos stage, which meant some people missed out on their favorite bands. This year, we’re making the incredible lineup of national acts available to everyone.”
Here it is, the full music lineup for Capitol Hill Block Party 2014:
A$AP Rocky // Spoon // Chromeo // Matt and Kim // The War on Drugs // ODESZA // Budos Band // A$AP Ferg // Dum Dum Girls // RAC // Beat Connection // The Julie Ruin // Star Slinger // Sol // Robert Delong // Tanlines // xxyyxx // Man or Astro-man? // Angel Olsen // Poolside // EMA // Cymbals // Slow Magic // Small Black // HOLYCHILD // Shy Girls // Hundred Waters // Pillar Point // Raz Simone // Iska Dhaaf // The Chain Gang of 1974 // Wild Ones // Kithkin // Cataldo // Weed // Special Explosion // Childbirth // Katie Kate // Tangerine // Sandrider // Otieno Terry // Lemolo // Natasha Kimeto // Pollens // Ayron Jones & The Way // Constant Lovers // Shaprece // Gaytheist // Country Lips // Fox and the Law // Ricky and Mark // Dub Thompson // Audacity // Manatee Commune // Hand of the Hills // Tennis Pro // Dude York // Tom Eddy // Wimps // Pony Time // The Pharmacy // Vox Mod // Deadkill // Eternal Bad // Trash Fire // Grave Babies // Cabana // Tacos! // Monogamy Party // Theories // Sex Blister // Great Goddamn // Bad Motivators // The Beach Boy // Sashay // Blood Drugs // Power Bottom // Wolfgang Fuck // So Pitted // Stickers // Haunted Horses // The Dip // Paralyzer // Murmurs
I’ve seen plenty of back-handed compliments about this year’s lineup, mostly in the form of “Meh, good now I can save money for Bumbershoot”. But if we take a look at the first line of artists – A$AP Rocky to Budos Band – we can see a microcosm of what Seattle music festival’s (and I mean festivals that actually occur in the city) have become in recent years. We see a blooming appreciation for the national hip-hop scene, sterling indie rock demigods, electronic funk, metronomic monotony, the musical equivalent of a sunbeam, local beatsmiths, and a legendary funk and soul band.
Yes, this lineup will not appeal to everybody, at least not entirely, but where else can you witness the Hood Pope, the third (?) live performance by Seattle punk supergroup Childbirth (whose debut album was recorded for $100 bucks and finished in 5 hours), Dum Dum Girls backing their finest album yet, and Angel Fucking Olsen? Not to mention how the second half of the lineup is essentially a who’s who of artists on the rise, many of which are from the Pacific Northwest. All this to say that, if a band called Sex Blister can’t even pique your interest, you’ve already lost.
Starting today at 9 a.m., three-day passes are being sold at the discounted price of $125. Single-day ticket information and details about the visual arts program, creative installations, digital activities, and more will be announced in June. The festival still has a limited number of VIP tickets for $250 until they run out. If you’re interested in the VIP treatment, the ticket will include express entry, limited edition apparel, a CHBP poser, gifts from event sponsors, and access to the VIP beer garden with hosted snacks and beverages, Diddy-Puff Daddy-style.