Sasquatch Festival @ The Gorge Amphitheater in George, WA
Review & Photography by: Eva Maria Burns
Venturing my way through the gates of the 17th annual Sasquatch festival, was truly something I will never forgot. From my first glance within the grounds, I was instantaneously drawn to the vast array of bright and vivid colors as far as the eye could see; from art to people’s outfits to stage setups and posters. Sasquatch is unlike many other festivals across the country, in that it is not only a music festival, but it also serves as a scenic and artistic gathering. Being held at Washington’s historic Gorge Amphitheatre, which is one of the most renowned venues in North America. The committee of the festival also collaborates with a variety of local Seattle artists to do the illustrations and graphics for posters and merchandise.
As Sasquatch is a Washington festival, I believe that many of the attendees would agree that there is a huge Pacific Northwestern vibe within the shadows of the music, art and foods. Many local seattle radio stations like the famous 90.3 KEXP and Seattle’s very own Easy Street Records show up to advertise and support the bands. Easy Street is actually very popular among the crowds, as they have a variety of bands swing through their booths for meet n’ greets and signings; this year bands like White Reaper, What So Not, Spoon,Japanese Breakfast, and many others passed through.
Within the mere two decades that Sasquatch has existed, it has become a staple to many different Northwest music lovers; with its multi-generational lineups. During my time at this festival, I met a huge selection of people from different age groups, at all different genres of shows who stated that “Sasquatch was an annual tradition for them” or “that it was something they looked forward to every year to do with their families”. The lineup this year was composed of a wide selection of artists from all around the world; With staple icons like David Byrne to more current artists like The National, Bon Iver, Tyler the Creator, Ray LaMontagne, Anderson .Paak, to small up and coming bands and artists like Phoebe Bridgers, Julien Baker, Hippo Campus, White Reaper and many others. I’ve had the honor of seeing and chatting with some of these lesser known artists previously, and to see them again performing on big stages was incredible. As the three days filled with sunburns, signature-filled t-shirts and singalongs with bands came to an end, I am already looking forward to what’s in store for next year.