Looking at the Sasquatch! Festival lineup this year is kinda like sucking on a sour soother for me: a part of me is tasting the rainbow, and another part of me is doing the cobra yawn and gleeking all over the place.
Let’s be real here, Sasquatch! has nothing to prove; it is one of the sexiest festivals around (perhaps THE sexiest, in my opinion), and is consequently the wet dream of respectable indie kids, hipsters, scenesters, and trendy liberal music junkies alike. Truth is, Sasquatch! is for anyone who likes groovy beats, ’cause the sky is the limit if you’re there to have a no-holds-barred good time. Better yet, if you like dunes, the Gorge Amphitheatre-situated on the Columbia River in Washington State-is quite possibly the highest quality in dunes, and truly a sight to behold… even after a couple cases of choice lager consumed at ridiculously balmy temperatures.
But, if heat stroke isn’t your thing, there is always the music, and though I hate to complain, the lineup is a little lack-lustre in just FEW areas:
Most specifically, HEADLINERS: Pavement, Massive Attack, and My Morning Jacket.
Part of what makes Sasquatch! as gnar as it is is the fact that it applies to multiple genres… but I still have to shudder uncomfortably when I see Pavement headlining.
In fact, with the exception of Massive Attack, I honestly don’t see any of these acts as ‘Headliner’ material… especially when paired against the somewhat daunting Coachella and Bonnaroo lineups, which are pretty much enough to dampen even the most respectable gentleman’s rag.
The truth is though, there needs to be a little Pavement in everyone’s Festival of choice, and even heavy hitters like Coachella and Roskilde have included them in their lineups.
So, if you’re like me, and seeing Pavement is the equivalent of getting peppermint castile soap in your naughty place when you’re just trying to get clean, do not fear because Sasquatch! still has enough jam to please: LCD Soundsystem, Deadmau5, Vampire Weekend, Miike Snow, Boyz Noize, Kid Cudi, Booka Shade, Band of Horses, The National, Public Enemy, Passion Pit, Neon Indian, She & Him (Zoey Deschanel!!), The Mountain Goats, Caribou, Broken Social Scene, Drive-By Truckers, and it goes on…
So, do yourselves a favor, get snappy and buy your tickets on the super-fly before they get expensive! And look for me, I’ll be the one holding the Ultimate Party Force Banner trying to find my way around a disco ball.
Over and out.
A-Trak, Avi Buffalo, Band of Horses, Booka Shade, Boys Noize, Broken Social Scene, Brother Ali, Camera Obscura, Caribou, City and Colour, Craig Ronbinson, Cymbals Eat Guitars, Dam-Funk, Deadmau5, Dirty Projectors,Dr. Dog, Drive-By Truckers, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, Fool’s Gold, Freelance Whales, Fresh Espresso, Fruit Bats, Garfunkel & Oates,Girls, The Hold Steady, Hudson Mohawke, Japandroids, Jets Overhead, Kid Cudi, Laura Marling, LCD Soundsystem, Local Natives, The Lonely Forest,The Long Winters, The Low Anthem, Luke Burbank, Massive Attack, Mayer Hawthorne, MGMT, Midlake, The Middle East, Miike Snow, Minus the Bear,Morning Teleportation, The Mountain Goats, Mumford & Sons, My Morning Jacket, Nada Surf, The National, Neon Indian, The New Pornographers, No Age, Nurses, OK Go, Passion Pit, Past Lives, Patrick Watson, Pavement,Phantogram, Portugal. The Man, Public Enemy, Quasi, Rob Riggle, Shabazz Palaces, She & Him, Simian Mobile Disco, The Tallest Man On Earth, Tegan & Sara, Telekinesis, The Temper Trap, tUnE-YaRdS, Vampire Weekend, The Very Best, Vetiver, Wale, Ween, Why?, The xx, YACHT, Yes Giantess, DJ Z-Trip