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Sasquatch Nails Addictive Lineup

10:25 AM Wednesday 2/18/09 | |

Sasquatch! Music Festival continues its climb toward must-visit destination, landing Kings of Leon, Nine Inch Nails / Jane’s Addiction and Ben Harper as headliners for this year’s shindig.

The May 23-25 event, which kicks off the summer festival season and is produced by Live Nation, will once again take place at the Gorge Amphitheatre in Quincy, Wash., a breathtaking venue perched on the edge of the Columbia river.

In its eight year existence, the festival has grown from a low-key, one-day event highlighting performers from the Pacific Northwest into a full-blown, three-day extravaganza complete with camping, three stages and a newly-added comedy and dance tent.

Joining Kings of Leon for Saturday’s party are Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Animal Collective, Bon Iver, DeVotchKa, M. Ward, Doves, Sun Kil Moon, The Gaslight Anthem, King Khan & The Shrines, Ra Ra Riot, Shearwater, Passion Pit, Mt. St Helens Vietnam Band, Vince Mira, Blind Pilot, Owl City, Arthur & Yu, Dent May & His Magnificent Ukelele, Death Vessel and Hockey.

  • Bon Iver

    Outside Lands festival, San Francisco.
    August 24, 2008

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Sunday’s festivities, topped off by the original lineup of Jane’s Addiction and Nine Inch Nails, include Peter Bjorn and John, Of Montreal, The Avett Brothers, Calexico, M83, The Airborne Toxic Event, The Walkmen, The Wrens, St. Vincent, The Dodos, John Vanderslice, The Submarines, Viva Voce, The Builders and The Butchers, AA Bondy, Fences, Point Juncture, Deadmau5 and Natalie Portman’s Shaved Head.

The third day of fun features Ben Harper and Relentless7 at the top of the bill, with Erykah Badu, Silversun Pickups, Fleet Foxes, Gogol Bordello, Santigold, Grizzly Bear, Explosions In The Sky, Girl Talk, Blitzen Trapper, The Knux, Monotonix, Bishop Allen, Black Moth Super Rainbow, Beach House, Mugison, The Dutchess and The Duke, School of Seven Bells, Horse Feathers, The Pica Beats, Loch Lomond, Chromeo, Tobacco and BLK JKS.

  • Gogol Bordello

    The July 2, 2007, issue of Pollstar.

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Manning the comedy tent in the daytime are Zach Galifiankas, Demetri Martin, Tim & Eric Awesome Show, Great Job, Todd Barry, Jon Benjamin, God’s Pottery, People’s Republic of Komedy and others. Once the sun sets, it belongs to electronic and dance acts including James Pants, Deadmau5, Natalie Portman’s Shaved Head, Girl Talk and Chromeo.

A discounted three-day pass, priced at $154.50, goes on sale Feb. 28 and is available through March 1 at midnight. The price goes up to $199.50 on March 2 and up to $229.50 on May 11.

Single-day tickets are $56.50 the first weekend of ticket sales, $66.50 after March 2 and $76.50 after May 11.

VIP packages and camping are also available. Complete details can be found at SasquatchFestival.com.


Comments

  1. DJimiO wrote:

    11:55 PM, Feb 20, 2009

    Shut up Deb.

  2. Bucky D. Hellkatt wrote:

    09:51 PM, Feb 20, 2009

    oooh! and iz obvs not reference to teh winter festival season!

  3. Xe wrote:

    02:23 PM, Feb 18, 2009

    Actually, if you want to be nit-picky about it, neither one is in the summer. But since Memorial Day weekend (when this is always held) is traditionally considered the beginning of summer I think the reference is an valid one.

  4. jason_woodson wrote:

    01:55 PM, Feb 18, 2009

    Coachella has a better line-up too.  Even though I really wanna see NIN.  I'll probably skip this one

  5. ear2t wrote:

    01:50 PM, Feb 18, 2009

    "The May 23-25 event, which kicks off the summer festival season and is produced by Live Nation,..."

    Officially I'd like to think Coachella (April) kicks off the summer festival season.