It’s now May and we’re only a few weeks away from Sasquatch! Music Festival, which unfolds May 27-30 at The Gorge Amphitheater in George, WA. For those of you trekking out to the Pacific Northwest for Memorial Day weekend, you can now toss aside the pencil and start inking in your plans. Adam Zacks & Co. have unleashed one beast of a festival schedule, which now spans four days rather than three. But hey, at least you have a few weeks to let your decisions digest — rather than 51 hours.
Kicking off the festivities are New York’s post-hardcore rockers, Rival Schools, who will stomp about the Bigfoot stage come Friday at four o’ clock sharp. From there, festivalgoers have it easy, with the only real conflict being Against Me! and Bob Mould — a fairly simple gamble, if we say so – and a nighttime rock-off with still-hot reunion duo Death From Above 1979 who will open for Foo Fighters at the Sasquatch stage. Those of you who aren’t really into the Foo can either head back to the tents, or catch DJ Anjali & The Incredible Kid over at the Banana Shack.
Saturday gets a little tough, but only if you plan on really soaking in the mid-tier stuff. For those of you who wanted to dance by yourself with Robyn, you might get your wish, as she’s competing with the likes of The Glitch Mob and juggernauts like Death Cab for Cutie. If you were circling both The Thermals and Iron & Wine, then there’s another one to pull your hair out over, too. How about Wolf Parade, J Mascis, and Sharon Van Etten? You’ll have to choose one over the other; that is, if you don’t mind missing bits and pieces of each set. Then again, it is Wolf Parade’s last hurrah. Yeah…
Sunday eases the tension, but there’s one glaring knife to the heart: The Flaming Lips vs. Flying Lotus vs. Yeasayer. Many of you likely had those three artists down as “must sees”…and, well, good luck with that. Otherwise, the day goes unscathed.
The final day offers a few last bruises. For some reason, they have Wavves performing at the crack of dawn (okay, 11:30 a.m., but still…) which puts a damper on things for Monday. Also, if you planned on seeing The Decemberists and Wilco in what will arguably be a legendary set at the Gorge, then you’ll probably have to catch Deerhunter later down the road. Running to and from the Bigfoot and Sasquatch stages doesn’t sound like a way to cap off the weekend.
Glancing over, it’s actually a pretty solid schedule through and through. There are some nasty little conflicts, but nothing to lose your mind over. Then again, everyone’s a critic, so see for yourself and let us know how you feel. C’mon, who asks you that and doesn’t bill you?