Has the Sasquatch Music Festival Peaked!?
In the past, the Northwest got shafted a lot when it came to concert events. A lot of big stars skipped coming to Seattle or Portland, and we didn't really have a major festival to attract big acts. Since around 2004 the scene has really changed, and in addition to getting more big acts coming, the Sasquatch Music Festival really started bringing in the guns. Bands like Foo Fighters, Outkast, Coldplay, Macklemore, Jack White, and classic acts the The Cure have come to the tiny hamlet of George, WA to play for us at the Gorge.
It became an annual thing to get stoked in January for the release of the lineup. And each year seemed to get bigger and better. But the past few lineups have been pretty lackluster, and this year well, it's the saddest its been for a while. Not that there aren't plenty of talented bands coming, but the headliners are not the big acts we used to see and love coming to our neck of the woods.
This year's lineup has been released. Headlining will be Bon Iver, The National, Modest Mouse and David Byrne. If you're going "Huh!? Who!?" don't worry, you're not alone. A LOT of people are not very happy with this year's line up and lack of main stream bands. Now, I LOVE The National and Bon Iver, but a lot of people don't even know who they are. So, I've decided either Sasquatch is getting back to its roots of bringing incredible indie and lesser know acts to a major stage, or they just don't have the booking power they used to. Maybe it's money, maybe the BottleRock Music Festival is taking its major acts, but Sasquatch is lacking in major headliners this year. Good or bad, well that's up to you.
Tickets for Sasquatch go on sale Saturday, Feb 10th at 10am. $325 for all three days general admission, and there are VIP and camping passes available as well. Below is the full lineup, and some line ups from years past.