Sasquatch! Music Festival lineup has been released and we’ve got the musical reviews and recommendations for you. For the first time, the festival is split into two weekends, the first on Memorial Day weekend (May 23-25) and the second on Fourth of July weekend (July 4-6). Following Pacific Northwest spirit, the festival takes place at the Gorge Amphitheater in George, Washington, 3 hours East of Seattle. Get your tents, disposable cameras, and get ready to jam.
Sasquatch Music Festival 2014 Guide
This year is packed with variety including your typical festival indie rock bands, trendy hip-hop (Tyler the Creator, Kid Cudi, Chance the Rapper), catchy electronica (Major Lazer, Die Antwoord, Dillion Francis), and all the synth-pop you could dream of (La Roux, The Naked and Famous, Cut Copy). Must-see acts include Haim (weekend 1) and Kraftwerk 3D (weekend 2).
The fest has followed the lead of California’s Coachella with it’s two weekend model. However, Sasquatch offers an interesting take with two very different lineups, providing a unique experience for each respective weekend, while reaching an even wider base of fans. It will be interesting to see how this unprecedented move plays out. .
Weekend 1 is the summer music festival you’ve dreamed of. There are various genres that appeal to a variety of people, keeping the sounds fresh and fun. Outkast headlines Memorial Day weekend, and everyone who can’t make it to Coachella will be happy to know they can see this duo back in action in May. Although their Coachella date does take away from the festival exclusivity, I’d say it’s worth it! Other big acts for the weekend include classic bands such as Queens of the Stone Age, The National, and Cage the Elephant. Make sure to also check out some Pacific northwestern locals such as Sam Lachow, TacoCat and Fly Moon Royalty.
Weekend 2 has a throwback theme to it, as 90s grunge innovators Soundgarden headline the Fourth of July weekend (another exciting local act representing the Pacific Northwest). And get excited for Kraftwerk 3D, a project that started in the 70s as a projection of what the future would be like, is flashing forward to that future. It is a sonic and visual experience in which “electronic paintings” are made. This is a new artistic level for a music festival and something you don’t want to miss! Other throwback bands include New Order and Spoon. But even with all these throwbacks, the July weekend has also got some new faces and new sounds such as Jake Bugg and St. Lucia.
Don’t forget to check out some of the comedy acts too! Weekend 1 will be hosting stand-up stars such as Nick Swardson and Charlyne Yi and Weekend 2 has got Demetri Martin and Doug Benson.
Sasquatch 2014 appears to have something to offer everyone. While the fest has always been a touchstone of Pacific Northwest music and culture, this new expansion will surely get more fans heading to the scenic mountains.
Article by Jess Keller