With a renewed focus on their festival’s namesake neighborhood, Capitol Hill Block Party organizers announced on Tuesday the first batch of performers playing this year’s three-day music festival. Headliners for the July 24th-26th event will be TV on the Radio, RATATAT, and The Kills. Three-day passes ($118.67) go on sale starting at 9 AM 10th/Pike Standard Time.
“We made a concerted effort to book bands we felt best exemplified the spirit and history of the festival, putting an emphasis on indie rock and punk bands alongside genres like hip-hop and EDM,” said festival organizer Jason LaJeunesse in a statement. A list of all the performers announced Tuesday is below.
Discounted three-day passes also went on sale for $99 and will be available through Thursday. Later, three-day passes go for $125.
In years past, LaJeunesse made the lineup announcement on KEXP. We’re getting an early morning jump on the performers this year as the announcement was tied to an East Coast collaboration with Billboard.
Despite the national reveal, organizers are taking 2015 to recenter the event in its home neighborhood with a new logo featuring a few of Block Party’s blocks. Heading into its 19th year, LaJeunesse said the festival has matured beyond cute animals and illustrations, and said he wanted a new design to reflect it. Capitol Hill has changed quite a bit in that time, too.
“It’s nice to have our visual mark distinguished with the geography of our footprint and neighborhood,” LaJeunesse told CHS. “The event has become a real part of the fabric of the Capitol Hill over the last almost two decades and we wanted a proper logo and mark that, in the simplest way, could represent us and our neighborhood.”
The triangle shaped map — with borders representing Broadway, E Pike, and Madison — roughly encapsulates CHBP’s Pike/Pine venue.
Ann Kaufman of Hum Creative said the the firm designed the logo to reinforce the the festival’s commitment to Capitol Hill.
“Some pretty amazing stuff happens within these blocks, and there are very few experiences like the Capitol Hill Block Party. People come from all over – it is on the street and in local bars, kinda packed in and chaotic in the best way,” she said.
New logo aside and lineup aside, organizers say they don’t plan to deviate from their logistical playbook. There are some new neighbors inside the festival mix this year, including BAIT, Out of the Closet and the relocated Castle Megastore. New construction in the area, including the Modera project on 11th Ave, will also require some extra coordination.
This year’s headlining trio seems to be an attempt to once again strike the balance of big indie acts that won’t completely overwhelm the limited festival space. CHBP’s full list of performers will be out in June. Here’s the partial list of bands announced Tuesday:
Toro Y Moi • Built to Spill • The Julie Ruin • Broods • Wye Oak • Flatbush Zombies • Jamie XX • Giraffage * Shabazz Palaces • DIIV • Com Truise • Deafheaven • Wet • Shannon And The Clams •Unknown Mortal Orchestra • The Flavr Blue • Sam Lachow • BADBADNOTGOOD * Lower Dens • Protomartyr • Daktyl • The Coathangers • Meatbodies • Chastity Belt • Ambassadeurs • Lost Lander • Kite String Tangle • The Wooden Sky • Smokey Brights • Industrial Revelation • Kinski • Crater • One Above None Below • Slow Bird • Zoolab
UPDATE (6/2): CHBP announced the full lineup of this year’s festival Tuesday, which includes new additions Father John Misty, The Physics, and a batch of other bands. Single day tickets also went on sale for $50 and two-day passes are available for $90. Here’s the full list of new additions:
Father John Misty • Ivan & Alyosha • The Physics • Kodak to Graph • Girlpool • Yumi Zouma • Jarv Dee • Brothers from Another • Daniel Kirkpatrick • Slow Dance • Snuff Redux • Murder Vibes• Chimurenga Renaissance • Theoretics • Theories • Whitney Lyman • Maiah Manser • Fabulous Party Boys • Ryan Caraveo • Acid Tongue • Dex Amora • Moon Dial • Ephrata • HARPS • Gods Themselves • Kung Foo Grip • JusMoni • Freak Vibe • SSDD • Deep Creep • Blood Drugs • Grave Babies • Grenades • Great Falls • Old Iron • My Goodness • Heiress • Curse of the North • Lesbian • Great Spiders • Scott Yoder • Bad Blood • Cold Fronts • Brain Drain • Gazebos
For a trip down the memory block and a look at the fun — and the issues — surrounding Block Parties past, check out our CHS CHBP coverage here.