I think you guys are underestimating how tired everyone is on Monday night. Getting a good spot for Beck isn't going to be an issue at all between people leaving early cause they have work in the morning and people being more interested in sitting on the hill.
Word on the street is that Girl Talk will be playing MusicFestNW in early September, and My Morning Jacket will be playing Edgefield the same night. I don't understand why MMJ would be touring again with nothing new to support, but it should have other west coast tour implications. The last time I offered "word on the street" news, more than one person replied, "tell us something we don't already know," so if you happen to know this already, fuck off.
MMJ is playing out here this summer as well so it certainly would make sense. I think they're kind of at the point in there career where they don't really need to be promoting anything to turn. Hell, it's probably going to be better if they aren't based on their last two albums...
I disagree with pretty much everything rocksteady just said. You will need to put up lots of cash upfront before anyone will take you anywhere near seriously. Even if you could manage to sell tickets and pay for everything with those ticket sales, I'm pretty sure even established fests aren't profitable from ticket sales alone. Take away the $9 beers, $11 meals and all the merch from Sasquatch and it probably wouldn't even turn a profit. You would need money to start with and then make some of it back by selling stuff at the fest.
Also, the thought of a fest making money in it's first year is pretty unlikely, especially a fest thrown by a bunch of people who know nothing about it.
Start small with a budget of something like $100,000 then learn from your mistakes and grow slowly.
Cosign everything Davers said. You don't start something like Sasquatch as just a bunch of ragtag music fans. You have to be Livenation or Goldenvoice to have the reach to promote something like that from scratch. Your goal here is to start with something small, provide an awesome experience for a few years, and then eventually build an audience that can grow. It's a lot harder than it sounds.
Dino Stamamamanapolis (close enough) was sick of being an actor and asked them to do it. He was originally just a bit part but as his role got bigger it required more of his attention. Now he can focus more on writing and other behind the scenes things
So her set opening for St. Vincent was pretty fun, but after watching her create one beat with her loop pedals, you wish she just had a god damn drummer. It takes so long to set up each song. But she closed by inviting four little kids to stage and they danced during her last song, and one girl was killing it.
I think the way she builds the loops is really cool and something would definitely be lost if she added a drummer. It's not quite Jamie Lidell level (the gold standard of live loop construction) but it's still fun to watch.
BTW, what's that guy doing? He should put out another album
Sasquatch is really great when it comes to getting a good spot actually. For the stuff earlier in the day, there is a good chance you can walk up 5 minutes before and get relatively close. After 5-6 you're going to want to get there earlier.
The way the lower pit is set up there is an inner pit and outer pit. The inner pit is regulated by security and lets people in as space permits, the outer pit is much larger and you can just find a spot. It's almost never completely packed except at the end of the night (last 2 acts). For the first few acts of the day you'll usually be able to walk right into the inner pit without any trouble. As it gets more crowded, you're going to want to get there right before the previous act ends. When an act ends, there is usually a massive exodus that opens up a lot of space. If you're waiting to get in when this space opens up, you will most likely be let into the inner pit.
All that said, The whole venue is on a downward slope so pretty much every spot is great.