This is an e-mail I sent The Seattlest in hopes that my plight makes to the masses:
This isn't a gripe about you, but I wanted to get my frustration out to the appropriate masses and you are one of my favorite forms of media. So if you could help get this out it would be awesome.
The moment I heard that Girl Talk was going to be at the Capitol Hill Block party I was exstatic. Overjoyed. Excited. And any other similar adjective. Having listen to his Night Ripper CD on repeat for days on end, to actually go to one of his shows was supposed to be awesome. But little did I know that I had to in line for Neumo's at least over three hours before his show started because if I didn't (as I later found out) I was not going to be able to get into the venue. So my friends and I enjoyed the atmosphere of the Block Party, which while a little overcrowded with pissed off hipsters, but that was still fine. Having lived on the Hill for four years I knew what I was getting into. We rocked out to Blue Scholars and Silversun Pickups. Ate free Popsicles and drank the free water Oasis was handing out. Chatted with the friendly people around us in the beer garden. Then after having a quick bite at the Pita Pit, we go back into the show with an hour and 15 mins. to spare before the whole reason of going to Block Party was to hit the stage. But to our horror, Neumo's had already reached capacity, they were having to send people out of the venue and the line of people that were for sure not going to get in, began with myself and a friend. Disappointed, to say the least we stayed in line dealing with the pushy girls behind us, the obscenely rude security guards, and all the while being able to see Mr. Girl Talk Himself, Gregg Gillis sit and drink his beer in the VIP area. Not wanting to draw attention to "our find" my friend and I just stared knowing that this was all of the show that we were going to see last night. After decided that it was a useless cause at this point and longing to meet our friends for drinks we left as Gregg was leaving to take the stage.
I am not letting this run my night, because otherwise it was good and fun. But it was frustrating because why didn't the event planners have him outside, where there was more space for everyone to see, move about and enjoy the show? Why even have the Neumo's stage actually set up? It is such a tiny venue to begin with that for a festival it is ridiculous to assume that it would be a good place bands to perform. Let this just be a forewarning for either tonight or for future block parties, but if you want to see anyone at that stage you need to get there early and stay there otherwise there is not chance of it happening.