The third line from the bottom on the Sasquatch! Music Festival 2018 poster features three acts that released 2017 albums that I’d rank among the year’s top 15 (Phoebe Bridgers, Charly Bliss, and Alex Lahey). It’s a telling indication that the lineup for this year’s Memorial Day weekend festival at the Gorge is pretty darn good.
After an off year in 2017, Sasquatch! seems to be returning to its indie (or indie-ish) rock roots. Rock staples at the top of the bill include Modest Mouse, David Byrne, The National, Bon Iver, Spoon, Neko Case, Explosions in the Sky, and TV on the Radio. Vince Staples, Tyler, the Creator, and Lizzo highlight the hip-hop offerings. The bill features a plethora of mid-tier standouts like Japandroids, Julien Baker, Tune-Yards, Girlpool, Big Thief, Japanese Breakfast, Jeff Rosenstock, and the aforementioned trio of Pheobe Bridgers, Charly Bliss, and Alex Lahey. Some of Seattle’s best will also make the trek out east: Perfume Genius, Pedro the Lion, Chastity Belt, Pickwick, Thunderpussy, and more. Additional acts will be announced in the coming months, but there’s more than enough here to make a journey to the Gorge worthwhile.
Three day passes for Sasquatch! Festival 2018 go on sale this Sat., Feb. 10 at 10 a.m via Ticketmaster. Weekend passes cost $325. (Single day tickets will only be made available if the passes aren’t selling.) Gorge camping is sold separately for $60–$499.
Initial Sasquatch! Music Festival 2018 Lineup:
Bon Iver | The National | Modest Mouse | David Byrne | Tyler, the Creator | Ray Lamontagne | Anderson .Paak and the Free Nationals | Spoon | Grizzly Bear | Explosions in the Sky | Neko Case | Vince Staples | TV on the Radio | Slowdive | Tash Sultana | Thundercat | Shakey Graves | Tune-Yards | Wolf Parade | Japandroids | Snakeships | What So Not | Jai Wolf | Perfume Genius | Noname | Margo Price | Petit Biscuit | Lizzo | Hippo Campus | Tokimonsta | Nao | Julien Baker | Pedro the Lion | Whitney | Pup | Pond | Tank and the Bangas | Jlin | Pickwick | Thunderpussy | Tyler Childers | Girlpool | Big Thief | Hurray for the Riff Raff | Japanese Breakfast | (Sandy) Alex G | Curtis Harding | Rostam | Lemaitre | Typhoon | Gang of Youths | Dhani Harrison | Jacob Banks | Algiers | Sango | Jeff Rosenstock | Chastity Belt | Son Little | Barclay Crenshaw | Benjamin Clementine | Too Many Zooz | The Garden | Oliver | The Suffers | Phoebe Bridgers | White Reaper | Alex Lahey | Escort | Charly Bliss | Taco | Giants in Tress | The Weather Station | Aquilo | Magic Sword | Wilderado | Polyrhythmics | Mimicking Birds | CCFX | Choir! Choir! Choir! | Bread and Butter