By Steven Graham
The Sasquatch folks have outdone themselves this year. Every year people talk about what’s better — Sasquatch or some other festival. This year all of the talk is going to be about which weekend of Sasquatch is better, Memorial Day or the 4th of July?
First of all, the lineup party was great as always. I have never seen St. Lucia before and they really set the crowd off at the Neptune last night. It will be exciting to see them again at The Gorge. The Cold War Kids were absolutely fantastic and a great way to close out the night after the exciting lineup news came out. They are a must see on Memorial day weekend.
The host of this year’s lineup party wasn’t my main man Luke Burbank, but The Long Winters frontman John Roderick did a pretty great job. He even threw handfuls of Skittles into the crowd to celebrate the big Seahawks win.
Now onto the important stuff. I went into the Sasquatch lineup party with lots of hopes and dreams about who would be announced and Sasquatch delivered in a monster way. The two big headliners are Outkast and Soundgarden. You can almost just stop right there. But then it got better.
Each weekend is completely stacked with huge names like Kid Cudi, Queens Of The Stoneage, The National, Frank Ocean, Neutral Milk Hotel, Spoon, Cage The Elephant and so many more.
On top of all the great household names playing Sasquatch this year the list of local bands representing Seattle and even Everett is really something to be excited about. Everett’s own Mary Lambert and The Moondoggies are both on the lineup. Seattle bands The Grizzled Mighty, Fly Moon Royalty, Shelby Earl, The Flavr Blue, Hobosexual, Iska Dhaaf, La Luz, Kithkin, Raz Simone and more will all be there are well.
So now the hard part: If you are only able to attend one weekend, which do you choose? It’s a tough one because there is something for everyone on each weekend. Below is the lineup breakdown for each weekend and the hilarious Sasquatch announcement video. Tickets go on sale this Saturday. Choose wisely.
MEMORIAL DAY LINEUP (May 23-25)
Outkast, The National, Queens of the Stone Age, M.I.A., Foster the People, Kid Cudi, Haim, Neko Case, Foals, Major Lazer, Cut Copy, Die Antwoord, Elbow, Violent Femmes, The Naked And Famous, Cage The Elephant, Rodriguez, Mogwai, Tyler, the Creator, Chance The Rapper, Portugal. The Man, Rudimental, Boys Noize, Gesaffelstein, Cold War Kids, City and Colour, Phantogram, First Aid Kit, Tune-Yards, Yelle, AlunaGeorge, Panda Bear, Phosphorescent, Bob Mould, Washed Out, Band of Skulls, Austra, Parquet Courts, Damien Jurado, Deafheaven, Brody Dalle, Big Freedia, Classixx, Black Joe Lewis, Liars, Tourist, Ryan Hemsworth, Tokimonsta, Chet Faker, Banks, The Dodos, The Lonely Forest, Lucius, Hozier, The Stepkids, Half Moon Run, Little Green Cars, Crystal Fighters, Houndmouth, Cloud Control, Jonathan Wilson, Waxahatchee, Foy Vance, Mary Lambert, Willy Mason, Papa, Shakey Graves, The Growlers, Syd Arthur, Cowboy and Indian, White Sea, Rathborne, Pink Mountaintops, The Physics, Radiation City, La Luz, The Bright Light Social Hour, Big Scary, Modern Kin, Tacocat, Raz Simone, Sam Lachow, Gifted Gab, Hobosexual, The Grizzled Mighty, Fly Moon Royalty, The Flavr Blue, Deap Vally &more.
Comedy: Princess Feat. Maya Rudolph, Nick Swardson, Bridget Everett, Eric André, Charlyne Yi
FOURTH OF JULY LINEUP (July 4-6)
Soundgarden, Kraftwerk (3D), New Order, Frank Ocean, Röyksopp + Robyn, Neutral Milk Hotel, Spoon, Broken Bells, Tegan and Sara, Local Natives, La Roux, Gogol Bordello, Jake Bugg, Atmosphere, Rhye, The Bloody Beetroots, Dillon Francis, Big Gigantic, The Black Angels, Deltron 3030, The Horrors, Junip, The Notwist, St. Lucia, Kurt Vile &the Violators, Dr. Dog, Talib Kweli, Of Montreal, The Cave Singers, Punch Brothers, Action Bronson, Lee Fields &The Expressions, Sharon Van Etten, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Sol, Casey Veggies, RL Grime, Tchami, Audion, Fuck Buttons, Courtney Barnett, Thao &The Get Down Stay Down, Cloud Nothings, Foxygen, Palma Violets, Mikal Cronin, Mac DeMarco, Jon Hopkins, Gold Panda, Majical Cloudz, Duke Dumont, Oneohtrix Point Never, Death, Black Prairie, Latyrx, Metz, John Grant, Mutual Benefit, Reigning Sound, Black Milk, Typhoon, Cass McCombs, Young &Sick, No, Boy &Bear, Ásgeir, Wild Cub, Gangstagrass, Phox, The Bots, Ages and Ages, The Districts, Mimicking Birds, Chad VanGaalen, Shelby Earl, Hunter Hunted, Fly Golden Eagle, Sandrider, Helms Alee, Night Beats, Chastity Belt, Dude York, Iska Dhaaf, Kithkin, Pollens &more, plus **4th of July Fireworks!**
Comedy: Demetri Martin, Eugene Mirman, Kurt Braunohler, W. Kamau Bell, Kyle Dunnigan, John Hodgman