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The Perfect Fit: Which Summer Music Festival Is For You?

on May 17, 2013, 4:00pm
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Sasquatch! Music Festival – George, WA

Sasquatch 2013

Located at the scenic Gorge Amphitheater in George, WA, Sasquatch! has hosted diverse, acclaimed lineups since 2002. The performing artists and Pacific Northwest charm entice not just an army of loyal locals but attendees from all over the world for four days of music. With a capacity under 30,000, Sasquatch! is an intimate affair compared to other destination festivals, and the 2013 edition sold out in record time.

When: May 24-27th

Lineup: Headliners Sigur Rós, Mumford & Sons, and The Postal Service and rising stars such as Chvrches and Disclosure, plus the comedic stylings of Nick Offerman and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. Wait, that last one isn’t a comedy act?

The Things You’ll See: Remember the dance party that erupted during Santigold’s 2009 set? Enthusiastic attendees are forever hopeful that they will be the ones to inspire a sequel to the viral sensation.

When the Music’s Over: Dubstep all night in the campgrounds.

Sex, Drugs, or Rock ‘n’ Roll? Want to be the infamous couple that had sex on top The Gorge, stealing the thunder of the band performing on-stage? It’s already been done.

What a View: When it comes to main stage backdrops, the natural beauty of The Gorge cannot be beat.

I Ate What? Chili dogs, chicken nuggets, and mystery bowls.

National Pride: The proximity to Canada inspires a sense of patriotism in attendees from both sides of the border, so expect occasional, random chants of alleged national superiority between songs.

Feet, Shoes, Sandals, or Boots? Everything is uphill on rock-laden dirt paths. Both ways. Sturdy shoes or boots are a must.

To Camp, or Not to Camp: You’re on a gorge in the middle of nowhere, so good luck not camping. Luckily, everything goes on these grounds. Don’t fancy roughing it? Rent an RV and have a good night’s sleep in a bed every night, followed by a hearty, homemade breakfast in the morning. If a camper exceeds your budget, U-Haul vans and converted school buses are surprisingly popular.

Pot Decriminalization: Sorry, bro. You still can’t smoke in public.

The Perfect Fit: Still don’t know who the hell The Stone Roses are? Odds are you’ll be pumped for Macklemore and Mumford. If not, there’s something for everyone in Sasquatch’s today-centric lineup. The region might be currently associated with bearded, folksy rock, but the demographics skew young and excitable, with many attendees looking to go completely nuts on their first festival adventure. -Frank Mojica

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