Sasquatch! 2013

This year’s Sasquatch! Festival runs 5/23-27 at the Gorge Amphitheatre in George, Washington, and it announced its lineup last night. This year, the top of the bill is a tiny bit uninspiring, with indie big dogs like Vampire Weekend, the Postal Service, Sigur Rós, and the xx sharing space with ultra-middlebrow folk-rock kings Mumford & Sons and the Lumineers and novelty-rap superstars Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, with prominent spots going to stuff like Cake and Primus 3D and Empire Of The Sun. But the lower reaches of the bill are absolutely stacked, full of artists like Dirty Projectors, Earl Sweatshirt, Grimes, Japandroids, Toro Y Moi, El-P, Killer Mike, Youth Lagoon, Death Grips, Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, Divine Fits, Schoolboy Q & Ab-Soul, and Solange. Even down at the very bottom of the bill, there’s plenty of stuff like Father John Misty, DIIV, Tame Impala, and Twin Shadow. Check the full lineup here and get your tickets here.

Comments (12)
  1. Not going to lie, I found the line up pretty disappointing. Not in the fact that there are a lack of great bands, but instead how similar the line up is to Coachella. I used to look forward to Sasquatch’s lineup since it was a completely different festival (at least from 2009 – 2011), but the past two years have been a pretty big let down. With that in mind (as someone who is going to Coachella), some of the different bands are pretty amazing, like Built To Spill and Fang Island, there are just not enough differences for me to consider going to both. Hopefully Outside lands will have a more unique line up.

    • I live in Montana so Sasquatch and Treefort are really the only times people in this area get to see big name bands. I’m ecstatic that I’ll get to see Matthew Dear, Solange, and the Postal Service without paying $200 for a plane ticket to California. Don’t take for granted how lucky you are to have bands like this tour through your area every year.

      • I am so goddamn jealous of you for being able to go to Treefort. I keep trying to figure out a reasonable way for me to get to Boise and stay there without spending $500+ on tickets and airfare.

        With that in mind, I can definitely see where you are coming from, and I was more complaining for selfish reasons, in that I would love to go to Coachella and Sasquatch. I really hope you get to go to both festivals, since they are unique in comparison with each other.

        Also, Matthew Dear is amazing live, and if you go to Treefort, you will also get to see Shigeto. In the words of The Prestige, you live for the both of us now.

  2. I’m half-considering going just to NOT see RHCP.

    • If you don’t think of an RHCP concert as a musical experience, but instead a live documentary of a man whose struggles with tourettes is only further exacerbated by his drug problem, the show becomes worthwhile.

  3. Agreed on that. Headliners didn’t look great, but there are plenty of great bands down near the bottom. As a portlander, I think I might go. But it does mean giving money to Macklemore, which sucks.

  4. I’m not very experienced with festivals, so could somebody tell me why people would ever be disappointed with a lineup like this? I see a ton of awesome acts that I would kill to see that goes extremely deep into the undercard.


  6. Nick Offerman? Score!

  7. I look at the ticket prices and the line-ups between Sasquatch this year and the other festivals and feel like we are getting hustled. There are some great acts no doubt, but, when I look at something like Bonnaroo or Coachella 2013, comparing ticket prices and line-ups it gets me kind of mad.

    I hope I’m wrong in saying that it seems someone somewhere erred on the side of profit over trying to put together the absolute best festival they could. If the extra funds were going to the coffers of all the artists performing I’d be fine with that but I have a sinking feeling it’s not. I doubt we’ll get an answer but it would be nice. Even last year seemed like a much much stronger line-up overall.

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