Just finished listening to the new episode, the interview with the general manager of the Gorge. He seems like a pretty cool guy and it was interesting to hear his perspective of the Sasquatch experience. Also, it was nice to hear someone officially address the question of legal marijuana. Which, while still not allowed inside the venue, is perfectly ok in the confines of your campsite. That's "your home for the weekend". So that's kinda cool, but not really surprising.
There is for sure a sliding scale. On one side is the unreasonable entitlement to have a festival curated to my exact desires, and on the other side is the reasonable demand for a fair festival lineup due to the fact that we're paying (lots) for it.
I think the reason some people feel even more "entitled" to a classic Sasquatch lineup is that we have blindly been fans of Sasquatch for years. Buying presale passes year in and year out with trust that the lineup will be awesome, which it generally has been. The Gorge itself and the "Sasquatch vibe", or "Sasquatch magic" that everyone talks about were all things that added to this festival's world class lineups to make it something special, but were never something you felt you were paying extra for. The vibe was a bonus.
What sucks is to think that Livenation and Adam Zacks are now simply charging us for the Sasquatch Vibe or Sasquatch Magic that we helped create, and are using that to justify a subpar lineup as well as higher costs, all in the name of making more money.
On top of all the feelings and personal opinions above, the fact that anyone who bought presale paid full price, and anyone wanting a pass now can save money off face value due to lack of demand is just another kick in the pants to the loyal supporters.
That said, I'll still be there that weekend making the most of it. It's just a little disappointing the path Sasquatch is going down, and all but guarantees I'll never buy a presale pass again.
I'm really certain that I won't be wanting to stick around the entire time for Tycho. I love 'em, but not wander around for two hours and then watch a chill set that I've seen twice before love 'em. Time for a headlight bonfire at camp methinks.
3) Houndmouth. (Red Rocks, August 2014) We were in Colorado to see family and timed our visit to catch one of our Favorites, 'The Head and The Heart' play Red Rocks. Houndmouth opened the billing (followed by a disappointing set by Iron & Wine, then a spectacular THATH performance). I should note the power had gone out at the amphitheatre for four hours prior to show causing delays and talk of cancellation. So after a super- extended tailgating session, followed by a chaotic mass crowd entry into the venue an up the terrace, the saused-up fans weren't sure quite what to expect. But soon everyone was swept-up by the energy, harmony, song-writing, and zeal of this Americana act we knew next to nothing about called Houndmouth: Just a terrific heart-felt performance in a majestic setting. I think you might be safe to copy/paste that sentiment and apply it to their upcoming set at Sasquatch!
I've been loving these guys in my research, but it is true that the female singer has left the band? She's the one whose voice really stands out as something special to me! (I suppose I could do literally one minute of Internet research but haaaarrrrd)
I really fucking wish I was into Tame Impala at that time. I remember thinking Sigur Ros > Empire of the Sun might make for a good back to back, but holy shit was I wrong. I watched about 30 seconds of their set and laughed myself out of the venue. All of the videos I later saw from that Tame Impala set made it look like a damn killer set.
They ended up playing at the same time though so it's probably better that you weren't! You would have had to leave Sigur Rós early to catch any of their set. I was bummed that I didn't get to do both but then all the amazing in the world happened so I didn't really end up caring that much.
Nope, but he is going to be in Seattle/Vancouver on the Wednesday/Thursday that week with Comedy Bang Bang. I'm pretty sure him and Scott Aukerman had a pretty terrible damn time at Sasquatch back in 2011, I don't know how likely it would be that they would return. I'm going to see them in Seattle though, pretty stoked!
I try to always put them on my left for this reason. I've been lucky in that security hasn't really ever had a problem with it. Also I don't know how Davers does it. I usually leave mine on for about a week afterwards because I'm not ready to let go yet and by the end of it I'm pretty annoyed at having them in real life. I can't really handle even having a bracelet on though so maybe I'm weird.
I wonder if we'll get to hear any of this new Grimes at Sasquatch this year.
Unfortunately looks like no. From her tumblr:
contrary to what some press is saying, I’m not ‘half-way done’ another record, nor will i be playing new music at upcoming shows. Of course im always working on new stuff, but i havent taken even a weekend off in years at this point, and i’ll need to chill when this cycle is over so please don’t set expectations too high.
last time, everyone wanted the visiosn follow up right away and any off-hand comment i made about new material became the weapon by which i was attacked, so to save my self grief i am publicly stating that there is no new music coming any time soon. I really need a break and I intend to take one.
I’m sure this will be referred to as a delay or a lost album or a rant/ screed/ melt down. just fyi, it is none of these things. This is literally nothing besides a ‘clarification’ that new material is not imminent.