While Boston Calling was happening on the East Coast, Memorial Day Weekend meant the return of Sasquatch! Music Festival to the very scenic Gorge in Washington. This year's lineup was headlined by Bon Iver, The National, Modest Mouse, and David Byrne, and also included sets from Tyler, The Creator, Explosions in the Sky, Anderson .Paak and The Free Nationals, Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers, Jeff Rosenstock, Grizzly Bear, Pedro the Lion, Spoon, TV on The Radio, Thundercat, Gang of Youths, Perfume Genius, Neko Case, Whitney, (Sandy) Alex G, Vince Staples, Soccer Mommy, The Weather Station, Lizzo, PUP, Shakey Graves, Girlpool, Japandroids, Algiers, Tyler Childers, Benjamin Clementine, Margo Price, Alex Lahey, Thunderpussy, Typhoon, Ray LaMontagne, and more throughout the festival's three days.

That view never gets old. As the sun beat down on the 17th annual Sasquatch! Music Festival, which took place May 25-27, seemingly every artist — first timers and Sasquatch! vets alike — paused to heap praise on the Gorge Amphitheatre’s stunning environs overlooking the Columbia River gorge.

“This is the most beautiful festival I’ve ever played,” exclaimed Julien Baker during her early Friday afternoon set, looking at the scenic backdrop behind her. “Did you guys see this thing?”

Some things never change, but over the last few years Sasquatch!’s lineup has, as organizers attempt to navigate an increasingly crowded festival market. After some higher profile EDM bookings and last year’s ill-received headliner pick of Twenty One Pilots, fans largely praised this year’s slate — led by Bon Iver, Modest Mouse and the National — as a return to the beloved fest’s roots. Ready-to-rage bros and the occasional stroller-pushing couple (respect the commitment) commingled among the mostly twentysomething indie kids who occupied the amphitheater for the three-day concert.

Check out pictures from the 2018 edition of Sasquatch in the gallery above.


photos by Matthew Lamb, courtesy of Sasquatch! Music Festival

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