Given our state of economic chaos and the subsequent collapse of consumer confidence in everything but gold bullion and good times, music festivals are learning they need to go big or go home. Sasquatch! just went pretty big. This year’s party, poised as always to be the best way to spend your Memorial Day weekend, will fill the picturesque Gorge in Quincy, WA with that NIN/Jane’s package we mentioned earlier, alongside Animal Collective, Fleet Foxes, Erykah Badu, the Decemberists, TVOTR, PB&J, M. Ward, Grizzly Bear, M83, the Walkmen, the Gaslight Anthem, Blitzen Trapper, Sun Kil Moon, Black Moth Super Rainbow and Tobacco, etc., and the comedic stylings of Zach Galifianakis, Tim & Eric, Todd Barry, and Demetri Martin. And then later the comedy tent becomes a dance tent, a transfer for which you want Tim & Eric (or at least the Beaver Boys) onstage. But really, Quincy just looks like a pretty place to party. The fest runs from May 23-25 at the Gorge in Quincy, WA. Here’s the incomplete but still complete-enough-to-look-like-fun-times lineup:

Jane’s Addiction (feat. all four original members)
Kings of Leon
Nine Inch Nails
Ben Harper & Relentless7
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Erykah Badu
The Decemberists
Fleet Foxes
TV On The Radio
Animal Collective
Silversun Pickups
Bon Iver
Of Montreal
Explosions In The Sky
Peter Bjorn & John
Gogol Bordello
M. Ward
The Avett Brothers
Grizzly Bear
Girl Talk
The Gaslight Anthem
The Walkmen
Chromeo (dj set)
Sun Kil Moon
Airborne Toxic Event
Blitzen Trapper
The Wrens
King Khan & The Shrines
St. Vincent
Passion Pit
John Vanderslice
Bishop Allen
Blind Pilot
AA Bondy
Black Moth Super Rainbow
The Knux
Ra Ra Riot
The Dodos
Beach House
Arthur & Yu
The Submarines
Owl City
Viva Voce
James Pants
Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band
The Builders & The Butchers
The Dutchess & The Duke
Natalie Portman’s Shaved Head
Dent May & His Magnificent Ukelele
School of Seven Bells
Death Vessel
Horse Feathers
Point Juncture, WA
The Pica Beats
Loch Lomond
Vince Mira
& more to come

Zach Galifiankas
Demetri Martin
Tim & Eric Awesome Show Great Job
Todd Barry
Jon Benjamin
God’s Pottery
People’s Republic of Komedy
& more

Tickets go on sale Saturday February 28th at 10AM, through the weekend, when limited three-day passes will be available for $154.40, single day tickets at $56.50. Sales resume on March 2nd when those prices jump to $199.50/$66.50, respectively. Buy at

Comments (47)
  1. wow, pretty killer setlist. props to KoL

  2. ryan  |   Posted on Feb 17th, 2009 0

    Yes, please.

  3. Another pretty terrific festival. I guess these promoters aren’t scurred by these troubled economic times. Who’s Zach Galifianakis going to sing “Home Sweet Home” with?

  4. sasquatch can kiss my ass. animal collective sucks ass too. these people have nothing on widespread panic………

    go dawgs

  5. I’d prefer it it were only the 3 original members of Janes Addiction. Dave Navarro is douche-baggins. He proves it over and over. the red hot chilli peppers mess, the reality show with carmen(barf) and hosting the reality show Rockstar. Possibly the worst thing to happen to both rock-n-roll and TV simultaneously.

    • Sigh. Yes, he is guilty of all those things, but he was still a guitar force to be reckoned with in the late 80′s/early 90′s, and a Jane’s reunion sans Navarro wouldn’t be a true reunion at all in my opinion.
      C’mon, Fezmo, you’re better than that.

  6. How is one person supossed to listen to all these bands and experience the festival atmosphere in three days?

  7. Natalie Portman’s Shaved Head? WTF?

  8. ff  |   Posted on Feb 17th, 2009 0

    Go Daws? this isn’t a college event! hahaha. (douche)

  9. joeyt  |   Posted on Feb 17th, 2009 0

    Go see Monotonix. Throw some garbage around.

  10. It aint Eazy Being Deezey,
    No. I.m not better than that. That fool is the rodeo clown equivalent of early 90s alternative music. Its like Flavor Flav doing that reality thing. It makes it hard for me to remember why I sweated these ninjas to begin with. Maybe they were never that cool. pffffffft (looking blankly off into the distance humming “Sophisticated Bitch” by PE)

  11. Njoy  |   Posted on Feb 17th, 2009 0

    yes yes yes!!!! this is going to be fucking awesome.

  12. charalito  |   Posted on Feb 17th, 2009 0

    i want to see st vincent so baaaad!
    she is gonna be in almost every festival and im not going to any :(

  13. tim  |   Posted on Feb 17th, 2009 0

    seriously badass lineup.

  14. Can Jane’s Addiction just give it up already? They’ve reunited more times than I can remember.

  15. bigger ain't better  |   Posted on Feb 17th, 2009 0

    I will take the Decemberists and below? NIN and Jane’s? (sigh) Big bucks draw for lean times. Nineties alt-cock rock double bill. Can Fred Durst be far behind?

  16. why, sasquatch… why must there always be a ben harper/jack johnson/michael franti/some douchebag???

    but other than that i’m happy. needs a classic 90′s indie band, though (i.e., needs fucking pavement).

  17. Alex  |   Posted on Feb 17th, 2009 0

    Jane’s Addiction was my favorite band in 1991. The problem is, this is 2009 and they’re on their, what, fourth reunion tour? Fifth? They should just get some rhinstone suits and play Vegas at this point. It’s sad to see a once-great band reduced to a nostalgia act.

  18. ryan  |   Posted on Feb 17th, 2009 0

    Now THAT’S a festival. Take note Coachella–nearly half the price per day and a much better line-up.

    @polecat: that’s silly. there are more bands on this bill than you could see in a week, let alone 3 days. Watch something else.

  19. st. vincent should be headlining.

  20. charalito  |   Posted on Feb 17th, 2009 0

    she should…

  21. > bonnaroo > coachella

  22. fleet foxes, TVOTR, animal collective, grizzly bear. worth it

  23. sasquatch ftw

  24. st. vincent + demetri martin + “shiny disco balls” playing on a boombox loudly from the portable Denny’s = heaven

  25. I am once again glad to cancel my Coachella trip to SoCal and take a little drive to the gorge. RADNESS

  26. I’m not going to lie, the headliners for this festival so far have let me down… other than kings of leon. I’m still going though:)

  27. Logan  |   Posted on Feb 17th, 2009 0

    The Coachella line-up was looking pretty good until I saw this. Off the charts. I love Washington.

  28. glazzy  |   Posted on Feb 18th, 2009 0

    Wow, this might be the year I finally go.

  29. Birdstheword  |   Posted on Feb 18th, 2009 0

    Festivals suck, go see the bands you like at real venues. It’s a lot more fun, and you can do things like buy liquor drinks and talk to the band after the show if you want (what a crazy idea!). Also there aren’t quite as many douchebags singing along and acting a damn fool.

    • Or you can just go to Sasquatch and see a hundred bands, and have a much better time.

    • SZA  |   Posted on Feb 23rd, 2009 0

      FYI, Sasquatch is not like other festivals. At all. First, the Gorge is INCREDIBLE. Second, the way the stages are set up, it can be intimate as well as crazy, your choice. Third, they have a BAR by the smaller stages that serves the mixed drinks you speak of. I wish I still lived in Seattle because Sasquatch kicks the hell out of ACL as far as festival experiences go.

  30. anything is appreciated  |   Posted on Feb 19th, 2009 0

    I can’t go..unless someone wants to take me, I’m a real great guy.

  31. chizzzodles  |   Posted on Feb 20th, 2009 0

    whut are you talking about…festivals suck? boring sauce….festy season is the highlight of the year. sooooooo much better to enjoy a full weekend with music lovers dancing their arses off and spreading the love than to sprend but a few hours in s gross venue. gross bathrooms and long lines…shitty speakers and high drink prices…so hard to find parking…and then bam! it’s over. i’d much rather take a couple days off work…park, set up camp, pop a cold one…and roam around and see alllllll the dope music. much of which i would have never caught if i hadn’t been at a festival. have you guys ever been to emrg+n+see? my favorite. hands down. super intimate live/electronic…goes all night and doesn’t shut down like most of these bigger sell out festies. check it…
    but this year sounds awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!sas*watch!!!!!!!!

  32. I hate Fences  |   Posted on Feb 20th, 2009 0

    Fences is an arrogant piece of fucking shit. He’s a no talent hack and a Rocky Votolato rip-off. Seattle and Portland hate Fences! Go fuck yourself, Fences.

  33. Josuelo  |   Posted on Feb 20th, 2009 0

    Better that Coachealla!!!!

  34. I could go to this just for Tim and Eric and Animal Collective

  35. bp  |   Posted on Feb 23rd, 2009 0

    Fantastic lineup. Some advice to those who are going: make sure you don’t miss The Avett Brothers in action. They may not have the “indie street cred” so many people value, but they’re the real deal. Class act guys who put on a show full of passion and energy and carefully crafted tunes. Get there a bit early and snag a spot front and center. You won’t regret it.

  36. Jane's Addiction Fan  |   Posted on Feb 24th, 2009 0

    Jane’s Addiction back together again! That’s awesome.

  37. NJOY  |   Posted on Mar 31st, 2009 0


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