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ICYMI: A Weekend at Day In Day Out

Edited by Marian Mohamed

On Aug. 12, 2023, Day In Day Out attendees sitting on the grassy area of the venue, with a large DIDO 2023 sign in front of them. (Photo/Antonio Nevarez)

For the third year in a row, Seattle music lovers were treated to Day In Day Out (DIDO), a two-day music festival at Seattle Center. The festival, organized by Daydream State, took place on Aug. 12 and Aug. 13, with roughly 8,000 tickets sold out for both days.

Festival-goers had the opportunity to see over a dozen artists perform over the weekend, with the headlining artists including Bon Iver, Leon Bridges, Dominic Fike, and Willow, along with an array of DJ sets created by BOOTS!, The Kerrys, THEM, and Pink Boa, among many others.

With the festival taking place in front of Fisher Green Pavilion at Seattle Center, attendees had the chance to join the pit in front of the stage, find a cozy spot to sit in the shade, wait in line for merch, or visit the Celcius booth, where festival-goers could receive a complimentary energy drink during the show.

Attendees aged 21 or older could receive age verification wristbands, which allowed them to access the "beer garden," a designated area for purchasing alcoholic beverages directly in front of the stage, DJ stage, with enough space to sit in the grass and relax. Age-verified VIP attendees also accessed the VIP upper lounge for additional alcoholic beverages.

To kick things off, Saturday started off at 12:30 PM with a set by DJ Clack, followed by the Tacoma-based indie-rock band Enumclaw on the main stage. Shortly after 2 PM, American-Brazilian singer-songwriter Indigo de Souza took the stage, where she performed songs from her recently released album, “All Of This Will End”.

Festival-goers stand in front of the stage at the start of Day In Day Out on Aug. 12, 2023. (Photo/Antonio Nevarez)

To wind things down in the evening, headlining artist Dominic Fike performed for over an hour, also celebrating the recent release of his second studio album, “Sunburn”. Fike, a Grammy-nominated musician, is particularly well-known among young adults. While he is known for his music, he is also known for his role on the HBO show “Euphoria”, where he plays the character Elliot.

This role also resulted in Fike being nominated for an MTV Movies and TV award. Fike’s setlist for the evening started with “How Much Is Weed?” and ended with “Why.” Fike also performed one of his most popular songs, “3 Nights,” as well as “Mona Lisa,” featured in “Spider-Man: Across The Spider-Verse”.

By the end of the night, Texas-raised soul singer and songwriter, Leon Bridges was brought on stage to conclude the festival’s first day. Bridges, whose music is often compared to the rhythm and blues of the 60s, is a Grammy award-winning artist with three albums to his name. His setlist included songs such as “Father Father,” “Brown Skin Girl,” and concluded with “River.”

About 12 hours later, Fisher Green Stage was brought to life once again when the second and final day of the festival began with a new lineup and new setlists. The entirety of Sunday had a soundtrack courtesy of seven different DJs, starting with Pink Boa, a rock duo from Seattle, and ending with DJ Abbie of KEXP.

As for the main stage, seven acts were performed for a crowd of thousands. The first act to perform was Yaya Bey, an up-and-coming rhythm and blues musician from Queen, NY. Her performance was followed by a DJ set curated by Chinese-American Bear, a married couple that started making C-Pop together after meeting in Spokane, WA.

That evening, headlining artist, Willow, performed over a dozen songs throughout her 40-minute timeslot. Willow’s show started with “Transparent Soul,” and ended with “Wait a Minute!” While her set was supposed to run from 7:40 PM until 8:45 PM, her performance ended 20 minutes earlier. Her performance was followed by American indie rock band, Bon Iver, which concluded Sunday’s show and Day In Day Out 2023.

On Aug. 12, 2023, crowds formed in front of the stage at Day In Day Out. (Photo/Antonio Nevarez)

While the 2-day festival created by Daydream State has only had three outings since its start in 2021, it seems as though music fans of all kinds in the Seattle area have already come to love what Day In Day Out has to offer, as the 2023 festival completely sold out of tickets by the time the festival began.

As of Aug. 2023, Daydream State has plans to keep the ball rolling with Day In Day Out 2024, which will serve as the fourth annual DIDO festival. To learn more about updates regarding DIDO, visit the official LinkTree, where visitors can also listen to a specially made playlist featuring the artists and setlists from this year’s festival.


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