Clouds cornered the horizon at The Gorge Amphitheater and its circumambient campgrounds this morning and early afternoon, but it certainly didn't cloud Sasquatch! Music Festival attendees' minds or spirits. The 12th annual Memorial Weekend music extravaganza kicked off at 1 p.m. and maintained its energy into the wee hours of the night, with a final performance by South African rap-ravers Die Antwoord. According to Live Nation Northwest President Jeff Trisler, 27,500 people traveled to Quincy, WA for the event, with every state in the United States represented, as well as every province in Canada. With 100 acts featured on five different stages, it's no wonder that Sasquatch! Festival draws the high capacity that it does, ultimately epitomizing genuine diversity in culture and music.
Highlights of the beginning day first included Seattle's own Iska Dhaaf, who's punk-rock-grunge vibes and discordant, yet emboldening lyrics, along with members Benjamin Verdoes and Nathan Quiroga's smiles, illuminated the Gorge and set the insouciant tone for the festival. Other memorable performances include Crystal Fighters', whose tropical, reggae-esque and rock-infused melodies brought the sun out completely at the Gorge, not to mention the lustrous sounds of The Naked and Famous. Headliners Foster the People, Foals and Outkast (it's worth noting that co-member Antwon "Big Boi" Patton expressed his Chicago pride by rocking a Bulls cap) also kept the light ignited, even as the sun eventually set beyond the cliffs surrounding the Columbia River.
Gates to the festival open again at noon tomorrow, with entertainment starting at 1 p.m. Stay tuned for more updates and overviews of Sasquatch!