KPSU Goes to Sasquatch! Music Festival 2018

Written by joe hernandez on May 29, 2018

The pacific northwest’s annual Sasquatch! Music Festival has officially come to a close, and as always it has lived up to the expectation and hype as years past. Sasquatch is pitched each year in Washington’s Gorge Amphitheater. Tyler, the Creator commented on the location of the venue during his set, asking “Sasquatch… What town are we even in?” The Gorge Amphitheater is an outdoor venue managed by LiveNation and set on the edge of the Columbia River Gorge in Eastern Washington. Approximately 150 miles east of Seattle, and 130 miles west of Spokane, it’s often thought of as among the best outdoor locations with a spectacular view of one of the pacific northwest’s signature views.

The festival itself has a lot to offer, and taking place annually over Memorial Day Weekend is definitely a plus. Festival goers have the opportunity to attend three back to back days of nonstop music (from approximately 1pm to 1:30am) all while camping in a secluded yet beautiful location. Each year the festival attempts to outdoor the year prior’s lineup, and 2018 was a success. Sasquatch aimed to ensure any festival goer and music lover was satisfied with the lineup, diversifying the acts each day with big name headliners and acts of each genre. As the technical main-stage headliner ended each night at Sasquatch, acts either immediately began after or started prior. For example on the final day, festival goers had the option of seeing either the rock band The National close the main stage, see the producer/DJ TOKiMONSTA’s set at the El Chupacabra Stage, or wait for Anderson .Paak officially close out the festival on another stage at midnight following The National’s performance. Other notable acts that show the diversity of the festival include local acts Japanese Breakfast and Perfume Genius, producers/DJs TOKiMONSTA and Petit Biscuit, rappers Tyler, the Creator and Vince Staples, the indie singer/songwriters Phoebe Bridgers and Tash Sultana, and of course the larger headlining bands Modest Mouse, Bon Iver, and The National.

Some of the most memorable moments of the festival came from the final day, during Japanese Breakfast and TOKiMONSTA’s sets. Japanese Breakfast’s popularity and growth was obvious at Sasquatch, and she should have been playing a bigger stage. This weekend, she was set to play the Yeti Stage which is Sasquatch’s smallest stage for lesser known and up and coming artists. Already during her line check, fans were running to the stage to hear her soundcheck. By the time 6:30pm came around, the audience was packed and the most crowded the stage has ever seen. The pacific northwest’s love for the Eugene artist was obvious. Likewise, the popularity and draw TOKiMONSTA brought to Sasquatch was equally obvious as the El Chupacabra stage drew a huge crowd. Alone, TOKiMONSTA already is a site to see and experience to be had; however, she brought with her Gavin Turek as a surprise guest.

View our gallery and all our photos from Sasquatch! 2018 below.

Pictures and words by Joe Hernandez (@thisisbroseph / joe hernandez photography)

Sasquatch! Day One

Sasquatch! Day Two

Sasquatch! Day Three

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