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Sasquatch! Music Festival was an annual music festival held at The Gorge Amphitheatre in George, Washington. It took place on Memorial Day weekend, running for three to four days.

Sasquatch! Music Festival
Sasquatch 2008.jpg
GenreIndie rock, experimental rock, singer-songwriter, electronica, alternative rock, underground hip-hop
DatesMemorial Day weekend
Location(s)The Gorge Amphitheatre, George, Washington, United States
Years active2002–2018
Founded byAdam Zacks
Websitewww.sasquatchfestival.com

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About the festivalEdit

Sasquatch! typically featured a range of musical genres, with the emphasis being on indie rock bands and singer-songwriters, but also including alternative rock, hip hop, EDM, and comedy acts. As of 2012 the festival featured five stages: Sasquatch! Main Stage, Bigfoot Stage, Banana Shack (a tent that featured primarily comedy acts and electronic music- now known as El Chupacabra), Yeti Stage, and Uranus Stage (the smallest of stages, that generally changed names every year, but was not present from 2017 onward).

Most attendees of the festival camped in designated campsite fields nearby, as the venue is relatively remote and there are no large urban areas nearby.

Sasquatch! was voted as one of the "Top 10 Summer Music Festivals in the US" by ConcertBoom.[1]

HistoryEdit

The Sasquatch! Music Festival was founded in 2002 by Pacific Northwest-based concert promoter Adam Zacks, then at House of Blues. Prior to the inception of the festival, Zacks booked and managed shows at the Roseland Theater in Portland, Oregon. After moving to Seattle to be closer to friends and family, Zacks began considering the creation of a music festival in the Pacific Northwest. In an interview with Seattle Weekly in September 2007, Zacks described the birth of Sasquatch!:[2]

Sasquatch was an idea born on a hunch that there was untapped demand for a certain kind of festival that catered to the eclectic tastes of music enthusiasts. It started in 2002, which was shortly after a number of the touring festivals (Lollapalooza, Lilith, Horde) had petered out and the beginning of the wave of regional festivals that started with Coachella and now is a dominant force on the music landscape, with Bonnaroo, Austin City Limits, etc.

In 2014, Adam Zacks decided to expand the festival to two weekends due to the high demand for tickets in 2013.[3] On March 21, 2014 the Independence Day Weekend of Sasquatch was cancelled. Jeff Trisler, President of Live Nation, released the following statement upon the announcement: "The Sasquatch! community has spoken. They continue to support the traditional Memorial Day Weekend event with great enthusiasm," Jeff Trisler, president of Live Nation Seattle, said in a statement. "Unfortunately, the second weekend was not embraced. We felt it was better to cancel the new event now and give everyone time to make alternative plans for the Fourth of July weekend. Going forward, Sasquatch! Music Festival will be at the Gorge Amphitheatre on the weekend the fans want: Memorial Day Weekend only."

On June 28, 2018, Zacks officially announced that Sasquatch! Music Festival would cease operation indefinitely and would not be returning in 2019.[4]

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2015Edit

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Friday, May 22Edit

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Sunday, May 24Edit

Monday, May 25Edit

2014Edit

2013Edit

 
Nissim at the 2013 Sasquatch! Music Festival.

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Friday, May 24Edit

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Sunday, May 26Edit

Monday, May 27Edit

2012Edit

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Friday, May 25Edit

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Sunday, May 27Edit

Monday, May 28Edit

2011Edit

The lineup for the 2011 Sasquatch! Music Festival was announced on 6 February 2011.[5]

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Sunday, May 29Edit

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2009Edit

The lineup for the 2009 Sasquatch! Music Festival was announced on 17 February 2009. Headliners for the event included Jane's Addiction, Kings of Leon, and Ben Harper & Relentless7.[7] The event took place on Memorial Day weekend, 23–25 May 2009.[6]

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The comedy lineup included Zach Galifianakis, Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!, Todd Barry, H. Jon Benjamin, God's Pottery, People's Republic of Komedy, The Whitest Kids U Know, The Red Wine Boys, and Maria Bamford.

2008Edit

The lineup for the 2008 Sasquatch! Music Festival was announced on 25 February 2008. Headliners for the event included R.E.M., The Cure, and The Flaming Lips. The event took place on Memorial Day weekend, 24–26 May 2008. Hosted by Rainn Wilson.

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Comedy lineupEdit

The 2008 festival features the first ever Sasquatch! comedy tent.

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Christmas on MarsEdit

The Flaming Lips' long-awaited film Christmas on Mars premiered on Sunday, May 25 at the festival.

2007Edit

2006Edit

The 2006 Sasquatch! Music Festival marked the first time the festival ran for three days. The event began on Friday, May 26 and lasted until Sunday, May 28. The second day was marked by an afternoon hailstorm, which forced Neko Case and her band off stage and threatened to shut down the show entirely. Fortunately, the storm subsided and the festival was able to continue as scheduled.

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Performers that have played more than onceEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Top 10 Summer Music Festivals in the US". ConcertBoom. ConcertBoom. Retrieved June 14, 2013. |first= missing |last= (help)
  2. ^ Aja Pecknold. "Adam Zacks: Mother of Sasquatch!". Seattle Weekly. Retrieved 2008-03-08.
  3. ^ Young & Roffman, Alex & Michael (2014-02-06). "Sasquatch!: The First Two Weekend Festival". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 12 February 2014.
  4. ^ Singer, Matthew. "Sasquatch Music Festival Is Ceasing Operation". Willamette Week. Retrieved 29 June 2018.
  5. ^ http://imgsrv.1077theend.com/image/kndd/UserFiles/Image/Flipper%20Pages/Sasquatch-page-02.jpg
  6. ^ a b "Sasquatch!". www.sasquatchfestival.com.
  7. ^ Sasquatch! 2009 lineup UpVenue.com

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