The annual Memorial Day Weekend festival, now in its ninth year, returns to the Gorge Amphitheatre located just outside Quincy, Wash. Dates are May 29-31.
Festival organizers announced the lineup at Seattle’s Crocodile Café last night. Also set to appear at this year’s Sasquatch! are Band Of Horses, The National, LCD Soundsystem, Tegan and Sara, Broken Social Scene, Passion Pit, Deadmau5, She & Him, Public Enemy, Nada Surf, The New Pornographers, The Hold Steady and The xx.
But that’s only the short list. The lineup also includes OK Go, Drive-By Truckers, Minus The Bear, Kid Cudi and Wale, to name-check a few. Organizers promise more acts will be added to the lineup in the weeks to come.
There will also be some laughs as Craig Robinson of “The Office” and Rob Riggle of “The Daily Show” head up the comedy lineup.
“It’s our goal each year to present a fresh lineup that reflects the independent spirit of the Pacific Northwest, respects the artists and audience, and celebrates the grandeur of The Gorge,” festival founder Adam Zacks said.
Zacks, who personally selects the lineup each year, founded Sasquatch! in 2002 as a festival catering to the hippest and most discerning of music fans. Previous lineups have featured R.E.M., Coldplay, Kanye West, Beastie Boys, Nine Inch Nails, The Cure, and The Flaming Lips.
Returning once again as a title sponsor is Esurance, which will work to keep Sasquatch! as green as possible. Having already helped the festival during previous years by expanding its recycling program as well as providing energy-efficient lighting and eco-friendly signage, the car insurer will offer numerous ridesharing options with car-pool partner Zimride.
Tickets to this year’s Sasquatch! Music Festival go on sale Feb. 20. Single one-day tickets are priced at $70 until May 24 when the price goes up to $80. Wait until the day of the show and it will cost you $86 to walk through the gates.
The festival will also offer discount 3-day passes available only during the initial onsale weekend for $170. For more information, click here for the Sasquatch! Music Festival Web site.