Even though I'm not in the NW and can only really manage one per year, I'm into it. And I'd imagine that the 4th of July weekend will generally work out better for me anyhow - schedule-wise and whatnot - so were I to just commit to that, there wouldn't be any butthurt over potentially picking the shittier lineup during presale. In any event, I'm sure the lineups will be fairly balanced in terms of awesome. They wouldn't dick people over by making one clearly better than the other.
Is it a cash grab? Absolutely. Am I mad about that? Not at all. Just like most everyone else in the world, Live Nation, Snacks, and whoever else puts on Sasquatch are primarily in the business of making money. Obviously, most (I would hope) of the people involved like music and care about doing a good job, but if the demand's there, why not go bigger and better? I know I'd do the same. And for what it's worth, I remember people getting all pissed off when the festival went from 2 days to 3, then from 3 to 3 and a half, then when single day tickets were discontinued. This is just more of the same. I personally don't see any reason to be up in arms about it; if at some point I do start to feel that it's too much money for too little awesome, I just won't go.
Primus (agreed that it was one of the best sets I've seen in five Sasquatches) Tame Impala Capital Cities Disclosure John Talabot Postal Service Holy Ghost! Alt-J Earl Sweatshirt
Had me a great damn time. But I do have to pile on here: that fucking Bigfoot stage. Empire of the Sun was mostly ruined for me, Grimes was partially ruined, Death Grips, Alt-J and Vampire Weekend didn't sound so great. And I'm sure there were others. So, between that and missing Sigur Ros because I was waiting for Tame Impala for an hour and a half, I was a bit salty. But even so - I had a blast. How could you not?
I was once threatened with arrest and removal from the Gorge because, like so many other people come Monday afternoon, I was reclining on the hillside and taking a bit of a mid-day siesta. And I wasn't even sleeping - just laying down, as I was exhausted as all fuck from the previous 3 days. A yellowshirt came over, nudged my shoulder with her foot, and told me to come with her; she said that I was "obviously too intoxicated to stand," which was funny, because she probably caught me at my most sober point of the weekend.
Anyhow, she quickly backed off once I started speaking to her, but I must emphasize that I was very respectful despite her misjudging me. So my two pieces of advice are (a) don't be a dick to the security (as most everyone else here has said), and (b) be aware that if you lay down on the grass, a yellowshirt might think you are blacked out/passed out.
Long story short: my friend who thought he had a ticket all along never received his wristband in the mail. He finally called Live Nation and found out that, somehow, his payment didn't process when he clicked "purchase" back in December. I guess he's been combing Craigslist for a month now, but for some reason I just found out about this. We're scrambling to find him a miracle. His girlfriend is in PDX and will drive anywhere in the area to make the purchase. If anyone can help, you'll be legend status in our book.
Last Edit: May 21, 2013 11:51:04 GMT -5 by polecat
Polecat-you guys are from Reno? I used to live in Tahoe and drove my first year-big mistake!
Yep, Reno indeed. I've never had the "pleasure" of tackling the Reno --> Gorge drive (all of my past Sasquatches happened when I was living in Oregon), but some of my buddies did it in 2010. They said that the drive home was one of the worst experiences of their lives - both of them had to work on Wednesday, so they just did it in one straight shot. After partying til 2 in the morning at the Gorge the night before. I... did not envy them.
Camping in a group of 5: myself, my wife, a good friend, his basically wife, and another friend's brother who's 8 years younger than all of us, which should be entertaining. Oh, and perhaps one more "it'll be a last minute decision" guy who only plans on hitting up craigslist early next week (fucker's driving me nuts with that shit; he recently passed up on a face value ticket that I found for him because "it'll be a last minute decision" - and not a whole lot of explanation beyond that).
We'll likely be in overflow, as we're all getting to the camp on Friday evening / night. No elaborate flags/canopies/etc since most everyone is flying in, but we'll have a drinking games table (i.e. a big piece of wood) and will probably be yelling at each other a lot whilst slamming Fireball and listening to Cut Copy and Notorious B.I.G. real loud. Anyone is welcome to yell and get drunk with us... or just hang out, whatever floats your boat. We're all pretty damn sociable in general. Not sure how likely it is, but I'd be stroked to meet just one of you fuckers.
Last Edit: May 16, 2013 22:58:39 GMT -5 by polecat