Not many festivals can brag about being atop a cliff—this is where Sasquatch has an edge among the other outdoor events where you will be dancing, sweating and smelling among thousands of music fans this summer. The scenery at the Gorge is nothing short of sublime, making this more than just a music festival—it’s an outdoor experience.
Since Sasquatch is set in the mystical wilderness of Washington state, it does mean one thing: you are likely to be camping at this four-day event. The Gorge is close to literally nothing—Seattle is three hours away and Portland is five hours away—so camping is your best bet. Rest assured that camping at Sasquatch is not like a camping trip with your family, think more along the lines of after hours dancing and other types of (mostly legal) merriment. Don’t forget to buy a camping pass ahead of time! If you do decide to stay in one of the small cities nearby, like Quincy, be sure to drive or rent a car. There is not special transportation to the festival, but on the plus side, parking is free.
Sasquatch’s beautiful setting is just one of its many positive attributes. But what you are going for is the music. This Pacific Northwestern fest has one more day than your average summer music fest this year, running from Friday, May 27 through Monday, May 30 (Memorial Day Weekend). Yes, that is four days jam-packed full of sweet, sweet tunes. With Disclosure, Major Lazer, The Cure, and Florence and the Machine headlining the respective days, no day that you attend will be a dud.
If the festival is anything like years passed, food-wise there’s not much beyond your standard fried festival fare. For non-meat eaters, there are vegetarian options, but don’t go into the fest expecting a culinary smorgasbord. Our past experience is that the camping ground has a more varied offering of vendors, so keep that in mind when planning your meals. Like most fests, food is not cheap. Packing some snacks for the campground is a safe (and less expensive) bet. Outside alcohol is allowed on the campgrounds as well, but not in the festival. If you didn’t plan ahead, there will be drinks and snacks available at the campsite.
Don’t forget to think carefully about the weather in Washington—it’s the Pacific Northwest after all. Be sure to pack a rain poncho, a waterproof jacket or a bathing suit—whatever will make you feel best prepared for the high probability of some wet weather. Though not a guarantee, given the reputation of state, a little extra gear wouldn’t hurt.
Vendors will have basics available for sale, but you might as well save some cash and bring them yourself. Be sure to have a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, and a jacket for the evening, since it can get a little chilly. As always, be sure to check out lists of what you can and can’t bring on the festival’s website. Worried about leaving your stuff alone at the campsite? Lockers are available to store your stuff.
Friday, May 27
Lion Babe @ Yeti Stage (4:00 pm)
A soulful songstress with serious dance moves.
Grace Love and the True Loves @ Sasquatch Stage (4:45 pm)
Classic R&B/Soul amplified by Grace’s powerful voice.
Telekinesis @ Bigfoot Stage (5:30 pm)
Summery power pop with an emotional core.
Bayonne @ Yeti Stage (6:15 pm)
Experimental electronica that brings to mind Merriweather Post Pavilion-era Animal Collective.
Unknown Mortal Orchestra @ Bigfoot Stage (6:45 pm)
New Zealand’s favorite purveyors of psychedelic soul.
Andra Day @ Sasquatch Stage ( 7:15 pm)
It’s all about her insanely beautiful voice.
Wolf Alice @ Yeti Stage(8:45 pm)
The band leading the pack of the ’90s grunge revival.
Todd Terje @ El Chupacabra (10:10 pm)
Smooth, electronic sounds that are quintessentially European.
Disclosure @ Sasquatch Stage (11 pm)
Every popular artists go-to collaborators are sure to bring out the dance floor.
Chet Faker @ Bigfoot Stage (12:30 am)
The bearded Australian will bring his brand of downtempo, soulful electronica to the Gorge.
Saturday, May 28
Tangerine @ Yeti Stage (12:00 pm)
Sweet, upbeat indie pop with a ’60s twist.
Hibou @ Bigfoot Stage (1:20 pm)
Fuzzed-out rock for fans of DIIV.
Noah Gundersen @ Bigfoot Stage (2:25 pm)
At a Noah Gundersen show, it’s all about the voice. The angst of Conor Oberst and the vocal expressiveness of Ryan Adams combine for one hell of a live show.
La Luz @ Bigfoot Stage (3:30 pm)
Surf rock meets doo wop when this quartet hits the stage.
Tamaryn @ Yeti Stage (4:00 pm)
Take the time to check out Tamaryn and prepare to have a shoegazey wall of sound wash over you, along with Tamaryn Brown’s rich vocals.
Ty Segall & The Muggers @ Bigfoot Stage (4:40 pm)
Lo-fi psych at its best.
M. Ward @ Bigfoot Stage (6:15 pm)
The Portland-based singer/songwriter will play his special brand of indie folk.
Shannon and The Clams @ Yeti Stage (7:45 pm)
’50s doo wop roughed up by Shannon Shaw’s signature punk snarl.
M83 @ Sasquatch Stage (9:00 pm)
Expect Anthony Gonzalez to bring a wide range of electronic sounds from his far-reaching catalogue, including the fuzzy shoegaze of Saturdays = Youth and the ’80s dance of “Midnight City.”
Preoccupations @ Yeti Stage (9:15 pm)
Try to catch some of Preoccupations set (formerly known as Viet Cong), which is sure to be a surprisingly danceable mix of art rock, lo-fi pop and noise.
Major Lazer @ Sasquatch Stage (11:00 pm)
A solid bet for some danceable beats.
Tycho @ Bigfoot Stage (12:15 am)
Tycho’s mellow, electronic sounds are the perfect way to chill out after an amazing day of music.
Sunday, May 29
Deep Sea Diver @ Bigfoot Stage (1:20 pm)
Beautifully earnest lyrics and vocals set to atmospheric indie pop.
Houndmouth @ Sasquatch Stage ( 2:05 pm)
With their distinctively ’70s country rock sound and notoriously fervent shows, this is not a set to miss.
Wimps @ Yeti Stage (3:00 pm)
Stripped-down garage punk á la early Sleater-Kinney.
The Twilight Sad @ Bigfoot Stage (3:30 pm)
The somber, dark sounds of Glasgow, Scotland.
Savages @ Bigfoot Stage (4:40 pm)
Prepare to have your face melted off and your fist in the air when our beloved feminist post-punks hit the stage.
Yo La Tengo @ Bigfoot Stage (6:15 pm)
Check out the eclectic, genre-hopping sounds of a classic indie band.
Leon Bridges @ Sasquatch Stage (7:15 pm)
The Millennial generation’s answer to Otis Redding and Sam Cooke.
Mac Demarco @ Bigfoot Stage (8:00 pm)
Mellow out to everyone’s favorite psychedelic stoner.
Speedy Ortiz @ Yeti Stage (9:15 pm)
These ’90s indie rock revivalist are sure to thrill with their killer live show and brash creativity.
Purity Ring @ Bigfoot Stage (10:00 pm)
The massively successful and artful electronic duo will have the audience dancing with their odd, pulsating beats.
The Cure @ Sasquatch Stage (11:00 pm)
The goth, new wave heroes’ two and a half hour long set is sure to be worth every last minute. Fingers crossed that tracks from the overwhelmingly beautiful Disintegration make an appearance.
Monday, May 30
Mindie Lind @ Yeti Stage (12:00 pm)
A dark, gothic singer/songwriter reminiscent of Fiona Apple.
Thunderpussy @ Sasquatch Stage (1:00 pm)
Powerful vocals set to classic guitar rock and topped off with an electrically sexual performance.
Son Little @ Bigfoot Stage (2:25 pm)
An effortless mix of soul and blues-rock.
Julia Holter @ Bigfoot Stage (3:30 pm)
Orchestral, experimental pop that would make Kate Bush proud.
BØRNS @ Sasquatch Stage (4:30 pm)
Saccharine pop meets T. Rex-style glam rock in one beautifully androgynous being.
SOAK @ Yeti Stage (5:05 pm)
Sweet folk-pop reminiscent of Camera Obscura.
Titus Andronicus @ Bigfoot Stage (6:15 pm)
Aggressive indie-punk to mosh to.
Grimes @ Sasquatch Stage (7:15 pm)
Dance along to the pop-forward yet hypnotically strange sounds of Canada’s electro-dream-pop goddess.
Sufjan Stevens @ Sasquatch Stage (9:00 pm)
The prolific singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist is sure to stun with songs from 2015’s beautifully personal album Carrie & Lowell.
Kurt Vile and The Violaters @ Bigfoot Stage (10:00 pm)
Philadelphia’s working class hero will perform his lo-fi, psychedelic slacker-rock.
Caribou @ El Chupacabra (11:30 pm)
Dan Snaith’s experimental yet extremely danceable sounds are the ideal way to finish off a perfect festival experience.