Your Essential Sasquatch Music Festival Guide

Words by Matthew Vanatta

Every Memorial Day weekend a wide array of both established and upcoming artists descend upon the Gorge Amphitheatre in Eastern Washington to take part in the world-renowned Sasquatch Music Festival.

Situated just east of the craggy Cascade mountains, the Gorge sits in a beautifully arid part of Washington State that is equal parts majestic mountains and desert river valley vistas. Sasquatch is not only situated in one of the most beautiful locations in the country it also draws some of the most exciting musical acts, which transpires into a weekend of interactive music experience like no other.

From camping amongst the stars to yoga with a thousand new friends, Sasquatch while still focused on curating a musical atmosphere has transcended the typical festival status quo and has become an iconic music festival experience. For anyone venturing to this year’s festivities or anyone who aspires to, we have compiled a comprehensive guide of anticipation building playlists, insider tips for maximizing your weekend, and what to bring to make sure that this year’s Sasquatch Festival is the best Sasquatch ever.

The Line-Up

2018 Sasquatch! Music Festival Announcement Video from Sasquatch Festival on Vimeo.

Camping

Photo: Sasquatch

Sasquatch offers a number of different camping options from their most economical Standard package to their upscale Terrace Package, which is still budget friendly when split between 6 people, which the site can accommodate. Whether car camping or tenting it, make sure not to forget your camping essentials. Campgrounds open at 4 pm on Thursday! 

What You’ll Need

Sleeping Bag

Head Lamp

Cooler

Water Bottle

Sunglasses

Jacket

 

Where To Go

From hydrations station to morning yoga, Sasquatch offers a large selection of activities, food vendors, and good libations. While the grounds are rather large the Sasquatch map will help you find everything you need to have an epic and safe weekend.

Super Sweet Insider Tips

We checked in with Sasquatch Social Media Manager Megan Ternes to get some tips on what to do, how to do it and what to bring to this year’s Sasquatch Music Festival.

Megan’s Tips-

  1. Caravan to the Gorge so you can all set up camp together and create your perfect spot to hang out and chill
  2. Don’t forget plenty of SPF and H20
  3. Download the Sasquatch app. You can create your own schedule and get updates on what’s happening at the fest! Available on iOS and Android.
  4. One of the best things about Sasquatch at the Gorge is beautiful sunsets that lead into cool nights. Pack a hoodie and blanket to keep warm!
  5. Check out the Sasquatch Festival FAQ and The Gorge Camping for campground and festival hours, what to bring, what to leave behind, and emergency contact information.
  6. Don’t put your wristband on until you head to the festival and be careful applying as they can not be removed or loosened once applied.
  7. If you’re picking up at will call make sure to note the hours of operation and also make sure to have a valid I.D. and Ticketmaster order number available when picking up tickets or wristbands.
  8. The Campground doesn’t open until Thursday at 4pm, so plan accordingly.

Pre-Festival Sonic Inspiration

Photo: Shira Van Den Berg

There’s nothing better for building pre-festival hype then to check out some of the artists that will be providing the soundtrack to your weekend. Whether you need something hella mellow or are looking to dance the night away these playlists and mood guides will help set the tone for your weekend of musical magic.

Sasquatch Founder Adam Zacks Spotify Playlist: https://spoti.fi/2GARQYe

Mood Boards

Chill Vibes

Bon Iver – 21 Moon Water

Whitney – Golden Days

Slowdive – Slomo

CCFX – One to Wait

Japanese Breakfast – Road Head

Petit Biscuit – Sunset Lover

Aquilo – Thin

Noname – Diddy Bop

Rock Out

Thunderpussy – Speed Queen

Japandroids – The House That Heaven Built

White Reaper – Judy French

Spoon – Hot Thoughts

Wolf Parade – You’re Dreaming

Modest Mouse – Float On

Soccer Mommy – Cool

Girlpool – 123

Big Thief – Pool

Jeff Rosenstock – All This Useless Energy

Bread & Butter – Desperation

Dope Beats

Jai Wolf – Indian Summer

Gifted Gab – Lady of Leisure

Anderson.Paak – Am I Wrong

Vince Staples – Big Fish

Tyler, The Creator – Who Dat Boy

Lizzo – Good as Hell (Nick Catchdubs Remix)

What So Not – High You Are

NAO – Bad Blood

Sango – Khlorine

Snake Hips – Either Way

Indy Groove

Tune-Yards – Heart Attack

Polyrhythmics – Spider Wolf

Lemaitre – Closer

Tash Sultana – Jungle

TOKiMONSTA – Smoke & Mirrors

Grizzly Bear – Mourning Sound

TV On The Radio – Quartz

Escort – Cocaine Blues

Hippo Campus – Way It Goes

 

 

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