The scramble by Capitol Hill Block Party organizers to work with Seattle officials to add a third day to the music fest has been successful. According to the CHBP Web site (which we’ve been watching like a hawk), the 2010 Block Party will add a third day on Sunday.
Here’s the statement posted to the site about the extra day. No word yet on any concessions the CHBP folks had to make on the community front. There had been discussions about limiting Sunday’s hours and clearing the streets by 10 PM.
We’ve got e-mail out to organizer Dave Meinert to ask about the changes for the festival. The city’s special events coordinator is out of office today so we’ll check in with that side of the story later.
Organizer Dave Meinert tells CHS that the Sunday addition will definitely be a quieter, shorter day for the Block Party. “We’ll be shutting down the Vera stage at 8:30 and the main stage at 9 PM,” Meinert said. “So the noise definitely won’t go so late.”
Meinert said the approval process with the city went pretty much as he expected on Friday but the situation illustrates one major need — better community outreach for major events.
“Events in general need to do better outreach to local community members,” Meinert said. “The Block Party included. This has brought up a bigger kind of issue for the city.”
Meinert said he thinks promoters need to do more but that there is also not enough special events staff to make sure residents and local business are part of the planning process. Still, he thinks the Block Party can help create some best practices for other Seattle events. We’ll talk with him more about that later.
Here’s a media release from the CHBP folks:
Seattle’s Capitol Hill Block Party to add Third Day!
July 23-25th 2010
Limited Number of 3 Day Passes on Sale Friday May 21st
Single Day tickets available June 4th
Lineup to be announced on June 2nd (per update from CHBP)
SEATTLE, WA – In unabashedly conspicuous celebration of 14 years of independent music and culture, Seattle’s own Capitol Hill Block party announces an unprecedented THIRD Day! After 13 years of it being a two day festival, community support and tremendous talent opportunities initiated the addition of a 3rd day, Sunday July 25th.
As the level of national talent booked at the Block Party continues to grow exponentially, the ticket price continues to be one of the best values in the country. Set in an urban environment, surrounded by all the great amenities you get in the middle of a city, we’re all about independent music and culture, thought, and progressive politics.
Full line-ups announced Tuesday June 1st here:
CHBP Ticket Sales Information:
Discounted: $60 three-day passes on sale Friday May 21st.
Discounted: $23 single-day tickets available on Friday June 4th. ($25 day of show, $30 cash at the door)
Advance tickets available here: thestranger.com/blockparty3daypass