This past memorial weekend I was out at a four day music festival called Sasquatch. I was a bit leery about spending four days camping out with tens of thousands of people. It wasn’t long until the performers won me over and by the end of the festival on Monday night I only wanted more. Here is my official Sasquatch survival tips and trip report.
At first I spent a lot of time in anguish over which shows to go to. I spent nights listening to artists and filling in a little calendar. Definitely try to listen to as much as you can before the show. But just cause the album is killer don’t expect the show to rock. Many artists I love sucked on stage and many artists I’ve never heard of or I expected to not be good on stage were incredibly good performers. The beauty of Sasquatch is they have four stages going. If you’re not stoked about the show, move to a different stage.
You’ll get a show schedule when you walk in. Carry a pen and make notes on the schedule about the shows you like so you can grab their albums later. I saw as many as fourteen different artists perform in a day. It’s very easy to mix them up and find yourself at home unable to find the albums of your new favorite bands.
This is an outdoor show. You need a full car camping setup with plenty of good food. Clothing for very warm weather and in your back pack clothing for very cool and possibly wet weather. Also stuff a water bottle in with sunscreen. Temperatures changed drastically from day to night and the sun was very powerful. All to often I saw sunburned people in their shorts and tank tops shivering in a fetal position at night. I don’t think I personally would have had as good a time like that.
Get Up Close To The Stage
The sound stinks if you aren’t at least as close as the sound engineering tent. There’s a reason everyone is shoving their way in close and you need to do the same. You’ll also be emotionally boosted with the crowd and the band closer in.
Who Rocked it?These were the best shows at Sasquatch:
Sharon Van Etting: A very chilled out sound. Easy guitar sounds with female vocals.
Local Natives: I love the vocals of these guys. The blend of voices along with a steady but relaxed beat is enchanting.
Washed Out: Stronger electronic sounds from keyboards and good vocals.
Mad Rad: Not a particular fan of the lyrics from this hip hopish sounding band but big time stage presence and willing to mix it up with the crowd and climb the scaffolding.
Stornoway: These guys belong at every outdoor music festival. Their folksy sounding music and lyrics fit perfectly.
Foster The People: This might have been the best show I saw. Has the makings of a pop rock band but definitely unique style and incredible performance on stage.
Rodrigo Y Gabriela: Just the two of them and their guitars. No supporting instruments and no vocals. You would be hard pressed to find any other pair that could as thoroughly entertain with so little.
The Decemberists: I’ve heard some of their music before and always found it kinda meh. Their show started out as I expected but each song was better than the last. They wrapped it up with The Mariner’s Revenge song which had the whole place going absolutely mad. Incredible show.