The party plan begins for Capitol Hill Block Party 2013

Thee Oh Sees (Image: Suzi Pratt for CHBP with permission to CHS)

Thee Oh Sees (Image: Suzi Pratt for CHBP with permission to CHS)

Depending on where you come down on these sort of things, you can either start planning your itinerary for the sure-to-be-sunny Seattle musical extravaganza — or sorting out where, exactly, you’ll be escaping from the Hill for the weekend. The dates for the 2013 Capitol Hill Block Party are posted — the first word on this year’s headliners and acts will be out in two weeks.

Not everybody will be sticking around for the fun (Image: CHS)

Not everybody will be sticking around for the fun (Image: CHS)

The three-day festival will take up its customary last full weekend of July slot this year on the 26th, 27th and 28th. In 2012 — a year hyped with a nod to Armageddon as “the final” CHBP — the festival fell a week earlier than normal due to the vagaries of the calendar. It was also notable for a significant change as Jason Lajeunesse stepped forward as owner and producer of the festival as partners Marcus Charles and David Meinert stepped aside after 11 years of running the festival and growing it into an event drawing more than 30,000 music fans to Capitol Hill.

The 2012 festival saw the event rise above some sticky neighborhood issues of the past to successfully broaden to include visual (and other!) arts as well as include new features like a Sunday kids concert. Music critics were mixed as the festival focused on many local acts and more modest headliners than some of the arena rockers that showed up on the main stage in the past.

We’ll get the first look at the 2013 lineup on April 2nd with the now traditional appearance by Lajeunesse and crew on KEXP. Three-day passes go on sale two days later. Festival goers will also have a new late-night chow option to consider. Lajeunesse’s Lost Lake diner is slated to open later this spring.

You can learn more at capitolhillblockparty.com.

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