Written by: Mikala Lugen | Photo(s) by: Photo Collective
Celebrating 22 Years: Young The Giant, Built To Spill, More To Headline Second Annual Kilby Block Party
Birthdays are a big deal. Music venue birthdays are an even bigger deal. While hundreds of music venues inevitably closed permanently amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Salt Lake City’s Kilby Court came out stronger than ever. Celebrating its 22nd birthday this year, the city’s longest-running, all-ages venue will ring in its cherished title in the local music community with its second annual Kilby Block Party.
Slated for next Saturday, October 2nd, Kilby Block Party will be an epic celebration for the masses of SLC. Presented by the venue’s promoters, Sartain & Saunders, Kilby Block Party will see thousands of live music fans flood the streets of the Granary District. The all-day concert will see Kilby Court alumni headline three stages, while the blocked off streets of 700 South and 300-500 West will greet attendees with an atmosphere of food trucks, craft beer gardens, and art installations for an all-ages, family affair.
While Death Cab For Cutie headlined the inaugural Kilby Block Party in 2019, this year’s throwdown will see headlining performances on the Main Stage from Kilby Court’s past, including Young The Giant, Built To Spill, iDKHOW, flor, Mates Of State, Ron Gallo, and more. Alongside them will include several local up-and-coming musicians and groups on the Kilby Stage, while the event’s third stage will be curated by SpyHop, an after-school media and arts program for people ages 9-19, featuring performances from the bands and artists in the program.
In addition to a full day of non-overlapping music, Kilby Block Party will host additional vendors to ring in the day’s celebration, including Uinta Brewing, Five Wive’s Vodka, Mason Homes, Magnum Bikes, KRCL 90.9FM, CityWeekly, and The Shop. Returning this year will also be the Kilby Wall Of Fame, a specialized art installation showcasing the thousands of bands and artists that have played at the cherished venue since its opening in 1999.
“It’s pretty special to see how many bands have played Kilby Court over the years when they were just starting out and seeing them move on to be super successful,” Nic Smith, S&S Presents venue media manager said. “Kilby Block Party is a celebration of just that. It’s a connection to the local music community here in Salt Lake and an inspiration to those younger artists starting their careers in music. We’ve had Diplo, Macklemore, Young The Giant, Foster The People, Mac Miller, Glass Animals, Sylvan Esso, and thousands more artists grace our stage and move on to bigger venues and tours. It’s a special celebration of all artists, fans, and city residents coming together for a meaningful gathering of music, art, and community.”
Tickets are currently on sale for both general admission and VIP here. VIP is 21+ only and includes special viewing access at the Main Stage, and also includes entry to the official after-party at Urban Lounge with Mates Of State and Flash & Flare. A portion of the proceeds of each ticket sold will be donated to SpyHop. For more information, visit the Kilby Block Party event website. See below for a full gallery of 2019’s Kilby Block Party, courtesy of Photo Collective Studios. Click the button below to enter to win 4 VIP tickets!