The 22nd annual Capitol Hill Block Party in Seattle came to a close on it’s final day on July 22. For those that went to the day prior and experienced the insanity BROCKHAMPTON brought, it was all anyone was talking about. It was like having a hangover, and discussing the night that just happened with someone to make sense of things. The final day of Capitol Hill was much more tame and the perfect ending to one of Seattle’s signature festivals.
Day three still brought excitement and surprises to the crowd in attendance. In both their performances rapper Ryan Caraveo, and Ruban Nielson (the guitarist of Unknown Mortal Orchestra) came out into the crowd during their set. While Caraveo just jumped onto the barricade to interact with nearby fans toward the end of his song, Nielson stepped off the stage and paraded through the crowd while still playing his guitar.
Many were excited for the Sunday headliner, and act closing out the entire festival. Josh Tillman, formerly the dummer of Seattle folk rock band Fleet Foxes and now performing under the stage name Father John Misty, took the stage to the entire block’s excitement. Misty is a man that exudes coolness. Seeing the man, and the hair, take the stage is a slick white suit guitar in hand approaching the microphone was enough to hush the crowd’s screams. Seeing the man stand in the forefront of a complete band, with string and brass instruments, is nothing short of awe-striking. With just the opening notes of his first song, the crowd erupted and continued to sing every song along with Misty.
Each day brought a diverse set of artists of every genre small and large. Capitol Hill’s ability to bring in so many different artists to accommodate any attendant’s music taste is impressive, and each headliner as well is chosen to appeal to a certain crowd. Dillon Francis was an excellent choice to cater to the Pacific Northwest’s EDM culture, the rise of BROCKHAMPTON was an excellent way to draw the community of fans the group has, and Father John Misty is an artist beloved by the North West. Capitol Hill Block Party may have come to the end, but the annual festival will be back with another impressive lineup to takeover Seattle.