Photography by Pedro Paredes. Words by Nik Crossman.
14 years ago, a concert promoter named Adam Zacks followed a hunch to launch a new, indie-centric music festival at The Gorge Pavilion in George, Washington. In it’s inaugural year, the then one-day festival sold out and Zacks rest assured Sasquatch! Music Festival was here to stay!
The Gorge provides a majestic backdrop for festival goers and sets Sasquatch! apart from the many festivals that have sprouted in the last decade. Sasquatch! always secures a solid lineup and this year was no different; balancing the variety of new up-and-comers, Flume, alongside the tried and true veterans, Spoon.
Friday: Speaking of the up-and-coming DJ from Australia, Flume destroyed the Bigfoot stage on Friday night. The 23-year old Harley Streten stepped out on stage and proved once again why he’s been headlining festivals since his debut album dropped in 2012. Before Flume closed out the night, Little Dragon flowed through the crowd, igniting everyone together with their hit, “Ritual Union.”
Saturday: Twenty One Pilots picked up the tempo on Saturday afternoon as one of the most energetic performances of the weekend! Sylvan Esso followed up on Bigfoot and her eccentric stage dancing did not disappoint. Heading back to Sasquatch! main stage, Chromeo continues to love themselves almost more than the crowd. The funky duo brought the crowd to shimmering life and set the stage for following acts like Kiesza, Modest Mouse, ODESZA and Spoon!
Kiesza almost stole the show from ODESZA with her bouncy dance jams and epic light show, challenging ODESZA to maintain the crowd’s level of energy through the final set of the night. For those who didn’t want more electronic synth on Saturday night, Spoon was serving up a healthy dose of heavy guitar riffs sure to make anyone appreciate this 22-year-old Rock ‘n Roll veteran.
Sunday: Sunday afternoon embraced the electro-folk-reggae sounds of Milky Chance while Clemens’ deep vocals stirred the crowd. The peculiar St. Vincent took the Sasquatch! main stage as the sun was setting behind The Gorge, presenting the most brilliant background to her elegant, robotic moves across the stage.
Lana Del Rey captured one of the largest crowds of the weekend with her sexy white dress blowing in the summer wind. Del Rey even abandoned the stage to maneuver through the crowd to pay tribute to her adoring fans. Then comes Madeon, a 21-year-old child prodigy from France, to close out El Chupacabra on Sunday night. The young DJ has been producing music since age 11 and his stellar mash up performance was solid proof.
Monday: Between intermittent rain and being the last day of a four-day festival, Monday’s crowds were thinning out. Smaller crowds didn’t stop the artists from dominating their stage presence. Slow Magic kicked off the night in El Chupacabra with his unique combination of synth and live drumming, providing a truly, one-of-a-kind experience. Sohn followed shortly after and seemed to significantly bring down the energy levels Slow Magic drummed so fervently to bring up. Scheduling Slow Magic after Sohn would have allowed their energy to flow into another awesome fusion of synth and live instruments presented by the three-person festival veterans, The Glitch Mob. The trio conquered the stage with their new musical element, “The Blade,” which combines lights and instruments into something that belongs on a sci-fi movie set.
You can’t talk to someone about Sasquatch! without hearing about the mesmerizing views of The Gorge. Its unique location coupled with a solid, balanced lineup makes Sasquatch! Music Festival one you should absolutely check off your bucket list.