Mumford & Sons will be performing at Sasquatch! (Photo by Matt Kent/WireImage)
This year’s Sasquatch! music festival roster is out! Artists like Mumford & Sons, The xx, The Postal Service, Vampire Weekend, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Sigur Rós will rock the stage at The Gorge Amphitheatre in Quincy, WA., from May 24-27.
It will also feature musicians such as Grimes, The Lumineers, Solange, Arctic Monkeys, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and many more.
The festival’s founder Adam Zacks began Sasquatch! after noticing that there was a need for an event to showcase independent artists. He says, “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.”
He also said, “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.”
According to Consequence of Sound, choosing to host the event at The Gorge is one of the elements that make this festival different from others and Zacks agrees that there are some major pros to having it there.
“It’s a big benefit to have a turn-key venue because you don’t have to build everything from the ground up and there are existing traffic plans and licenses in effect,” he said. “The Gorge is very unique being a wide open venue with no ugly metal roof or pavilion, so it’s pretty ideal for a festival.”
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Canadian artists who have made the trip and previously performed at Sasquatch! include musicians like Arcade Fire, The Tragically Hip, Tegan and Sara, Dan Mangan, Feist, The Sheepdogs, Hey Rosetta!, Metric and deadmau5.
Check out a video of deadmau5 performing at Sasquatch! in 2009 featured below and head here for more festival information.