I'm pretty convinced Helen Bryant (see around 0:32) is the same character from Billy Madison that says "I'll tell you who stole those lunches, it's that damn Sasquatch." (see how this comes full circle?)
Quick geography lesson for those who don't know. The Diomede Islands are located in the Bering Sea between Alaska and Russia. One of the islands is owned by Russia, the other by Alaska. The Alaskan island even has a small town, with a population around 500. The Russian inhabitants on their island were moved to the mainland during the war. The islands are about two miles apart, so it is actually possible to see Russia from Alaska.
Another interesting note, the international date line runs between the two islands, so you actually time travel going from one to the other.
I understand people on here are a little disappointed, but you have to realize the people on this board or the "hard core festival junkie/music lover" make up maybe 5% of the festival audience.
You guys call this lineup safe, but honestly it is one of the most accessible lineups they have ever had. To the majority of casual fans or borderline attendees, this is a pretty great lineup.
*Anecdotal evidence alert* Last year I think everyone here would agree featured a much better lineup, but to the non-hardcore music fan, there really wasn't any major draws. Bands like Massive Attack, LCD or MMJ are some of my favorite acts, but a ton of people really have no idea who they are. Like them or not, the Foos are a huge draw. Bigger than those three previous bands combined.
Last year I tried to round up a crew to come down, and I couldn't find anyone that wanted to come. This year there is a group of 15 of us coming.
Now, you say that the festival will feel the effects down the road. I disagree. The people that post on this board (and the people that are the most upset) are likely going to go every year. What Adam Snacks has done this year by making a broader lineup and attracting a whole new crowd is possibly catching a few of these "borderline" fans and turing them into lifelong fans.
I'm coming in way late so I'm going to respond to this post on page 2. I completely agree with what you're saying but why did he feel the need to do that? I liked the weird festival we had last year, you know, the one that sold out faster than any Sasquatch before it. I guess I was just hoping that Sasquatch would go more of the way of ATP festivals which have a small setting and are able to bring a bunch of weird musicians in because of their reputation, rather than going the safe route and booking a day that appeals to 17 year old girls. The 1-2-3 punch of Iron & Wine, Bright Eyes, and DCFC is just impossible for me to get excited about (and i kind of like all of those bands).