Sasquatch! Music Festival is a lovely place to be with friends. Even with high winds causing cancellations and a nearby wildfire threatening evacuation, the stellar, eclectic lineup, excellent food, beautiful venue, and uniquely warm, genuine and want-to-fun festival-goers of Sasquatch! made the holiday weekend an unforgettable and supremely enjoyable experience. The general camping area (affectionately known as District 9) is a gently sloping, re-purposed cow pasture that provides a magnificent panorama of the Washington landscape. The excitement and camaraderie of the campers was immediately apparent as excited festivalgoers cruised the campgrounds meeting new friends and exclaiming, “Happy Sasquatch!” to one another. And with superb options for filling your belly, most notably Seattle staple The Dumpling Czar, conveniently located on the campgrounds, the warm comfort of a filling meal was never too far away.
Perhaps the most unique and inimitable selling point of Sasquatch! is the seemingly impossible, surreal beauty of the main stage. Perched forward of the Columbia Gorge canyon, the Gorge Amphitheater stands in relief of what is without a doubt one of the most breathtaking vistas available to concert goers anywhere. This marvel of geography made a fitting frame for the diverse main stage line up Adam Zacks and his crew put together for the four-day long marathon of music that is the Sasquatch! Music Festival. Acts varying from A$AP Rocky, Disclosure, and Major Lazer (featuring a guest introduction from none other than Dr. Steve Brule) to Alabama Shakes, Sufjan Stevens and The Cure graced the main stage. The three other stages also featured a varied line up of both novel and familiar acts from comedians to rock, hip-hop, electronica, and more. With so many fantastic acts spread out across four stages it is impossible to give proper dues to all of the performers, but some personal highlights included: the Long Beach rapper Vince Staples’ flawless performance, the playfully humorous set of Mac Demarco, which included a solo-filled cover of Steely Dan’s “Reelin’ in the Years,” and the transcendent performance of Sufjan Stevens, who never fails to impress. Honorable mention goes to the soul-satisfying crowd sing-a-long to the chorus of “Ms. Jackson” during the Big Grams’ performance.