Catering to the home of Sasquatch! since 2002, The Gorge and its unique placement in the outskirts of George, Washington, near the Columbia River, welcome music lovers for its annual Memorial Day celebration, presented by Live Nation and Adam Zacks. So far this year, we’ve seen some pretty interesting line-ups but none that truly embody a well thought up craft of talent. Fortunately for the world, Sasquatch! has given us hope that music festivals aren’t completely dead with one of the best line-ups of 2018, not only worth your time and money, but a notable amount of effort that was taken into consideration while making this festival. To many giant show throwers, take notes; this is a line-up.
Aside from the view, free yoga instruction from Seattle’s Julien Andres, the camping experience (if partaking), and get away to the middle of nowhere, the talent each day makes it extremely hard to carve out a schedule amongst the four stages (Sasquatch, Bigfoot, Yeti, El Chupacabra). Yet, we’ve gone through the 60+ artists and DJ’s to offer our thoughts for each day at an attempt to offer a schedule, but in all honestly, every act is worth a listen — you won’t be disappointed at all.
CCFX (Yeti Stage) 12:30-1:15 p.m.
Olympia’s CCFX are those individuals you instantly fall in love with upon listening and root for success. It could be the down to earth nature that exudes from them, or the distinct meshing of light melodies that meet sincerely with rasp and thick vocals; moody electronic with a heart of pop.
Benjamin Clementine (Sasquatch Stage) 1:00-1:45 p.m.
U.K.’s “expressionist”, Benjamin Clementine, offers emotive thrusts and blends from alternative, to classical compositions, for a sensory experience that encapsulates the mind into another world. Soulful croons mix with a monotone tenor at times that hail to Clementine’s versatility.
Giants in the Trees (Bigfoot Stage) 1:30-2:15 p.m.
Teetering between Oregon and WA, Giants in the Trees offer a cool collection of times, rustic and eathy tones, to slight grit between various instruments that make their way into each track.
*Julien Baker (Sasquatch) 2:15-3:00 p.m.
Impressive since her 2015 debut, Julien Baker’s style draws deep on lyricism and the instrumentation of her vocals. Manipulating a string of emotions through a course of alt-pop fusion, the cold delivery becomes haunting.
*Son Little (Big Foot) 2:45-3:30 p.m.
There aren’t enough adjectives to describe the immense amount of soul and feels that Aaron Livingston (Son Little) brings to the table. Modern, nostalgic, experimental, Livingston’s freshness dips in and out of ear pleasing melodies.
The Garden (Yeti) 3-4:00 p.m.
Youthful and vibrant, The Garden takes from the California scene’s obscurity and DIY approach, easily becoming one of the best from Burger Records’ roster. At times the duo offer far out, electronic bits, to fast paced punk influenced tracks that harness a decent amount of energy.
*Hurray For The Riff Raff (Bigfoot) 4:00-5:00 p.m.
Alynda Segarra has a voice and tells a story unlike no other in her field. A riveting tremble to her presentation throughout the dusty and Americana sound, each track is a timestamp of pure folk bliss from the Bronx native, and New Orleans resident.
Gang of Youths (Yeti) 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Sydney’s Gang of Youths take you back to progressive sound but with a youthful flare of electronic and alternative waves.
*Wolf Parade (Sasquatch) 5:00-6:00 p.m.
Indie obscurity from the early 2000’s, yes please. That is all.
*Hippo Campus (Bigfoot) 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Indie-pop quartet, Hippo Campus, makes you fall in love. There’s no real way to explain this. It’s a mature and more refined sound for the emo-kid at heart who grew up in the scene.
*The Suffers (Yeti) 6:00-7:00 p.m.
*Thunderpussy (El Chupacabra) 7:15 – 8:15 p.m.
One of the freshest and needed sounds in a sea of ambiance, Thunderpussy come roaring through with quakes, blast beats, grit, and pure rock. Yes, yes, and yes.
Pond (Yeti) 7:30-8:30 p.m.
If you’re tired from causing damage at the Thunderpussy stage, then psych-rockers, Pond, will be a nice break to the ears and soul.
*Whitney (Yeti) 9:00-10:00 p.m.
Whimsical, soft indie that protrudes lingering thoughts and emotions between its experimental soundscape.
*Thundercat (Bigfoot) 9:30-10:30 p.m.
Experimental, funky, and spacious, Thundercat’s sounds are playful yet well constructed.
*NAO (El Chupacabra) 10:15- 11:15 p.m.
U.K.’s newest offers electronic and pop mist layered upon silky, modern productions. Anticipating new and great things from NAO this time around.
Must See regardless: David Byrne, Vince Staples, Bon Iver, Snakehips, Taco, and Tyler, The Creator.
*Pickwick (Sasquatch) 1:00-1:45 p.m.
Seattle’s Pickwick takes emotive, power vocals center stage with quirky and lovable productions. You will fall in love with the effortless direction of their indie sound.
*Wilderado (Yeti) 1:45-2:30 p.m.
LA-based indie, dream-folk contraption, Wilderado, take the best from these elements and fuse it into a rock styling. Climatic and crisp with a delta flare, Wilderado take pages from their Texas and Oklahoma upbringing before bringing it to the West Coast.
Tyler Childers (Sasquatch) 2:15-3:00 p.m.
Southern whispers and sweet mountain sounds come from Childers’ songwriting and delivery. The Kentucky bred artist holds true to the beautiful story telling abilities from others within the same realm, but Childers brings a modern approach to beloved, heart aching ballads.
*Curtis Harding (Bigfoot) 2:45-3:30 p.m.
Fresh, and nostalgically soulful, Curtis Harding’s croons and arrangements will melt the coldest of hearts. A derivative from the classics in the 60s, Harding’s heart comes from this era, yet his styling and musings capture a younger heart.
Mimicking Birds (Yeti) 3:00-4:00 p.m.
Textured and layered indie, Mimicking Birds tug on sweet melodies and heartfelt compositions on each track. More sensual and quieter, but will leave you with a residue of wanting more.
*Lizzo (Sasquatch) 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Fierce, calm, and cool, Lizzo’s sensibility and charm guide each of her tracks. Pop-R&B backs her skating vocals that orchestrate and mimic her emotions, acting as a skilled dancer upon a melodious platform.
Magic Sword (El Chupacabra) 4:15-5:15 p.m.
Futuristic electronic sounds wash over and hypnotize. Extremely well-structured, layered, and delivered within the realm of instrumental beats, focusing more so on the smallest details within their tracks.
*Algiers (Yeti) 4:30-5:30 p.m.
It’s like you extracted the passion from soul and pipped it through an alternative-rock pedal. U.K. ensemble provide a full, lush experience beneath their political and social conscious words.
*Japandroids (Sasquatch) 5:00-6:00 p.m.
Heavy, scuzzy, alt-core that takes pages from the hard scene decades ago.
Pup (Big Foot) 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Goes hand in hand with Japandroids, yet could be seen as a little harder. Greener in texture and within lyrics, there seems to be a special place in our hearts though with scuzzy angst of the youth.
*Escort (El Chupacabra) 5:45-6:45 p.m.
Disco champions, and funk admirers, Escort thrives off dance driven grooves and hearty percussion. Worldly and layered with a variety of different sounds, Escort’s Saturday Night Fever vibes are addicting.
White Reaper (Yeti) 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Combine the angst and now polish it with textured melodies and climatic breaks.
*Grizzly Bear (Sasquatch) 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Transparent in mood and nature, Grizzly Bear’s troubles became our own. Ironically, the only cure is more Grizzly Bear. More keys, indie love, and sweet harmonizing make these gentlemen irresistible.
*Shaky Graves (Big Foot) 7:15-8:15 p.m.
Austin native, multi-instrumentalist, Shaky Graves, makes a welcoming return to the stage with a passionate hurt, and blues-rock soul that breaks your heart every, damn time.
*Sango (Yeti) 7:30-8:30 p.m.
Seattle producer, Sango, crafts the sultriest and smoothest collection of sounds, we believe it’s possible for this man to make the sun go down upon his arrival.
*Spoon (Sasquatch) 8:15-9:30 p.m.
It’s fuckin’ Spoon. Enough said.
Must See regardless: Modest Mouse, Explosions in the Sky, TV on the Radio, and Jai Wolf
*Soccer Mommy (Sasquatch) 1:00-1:45 p.m.
Indie-rock perfection, Soccer Mommy serves realness through dark melodic arrangements. Slightly askew, textured, and wanting, Soccer Mommy is a continuous flow of scribbled notes and fruitful sounds.
*Gifted Gab (Big Foot) 1:30-2:15 p.m.
Cleverly playing with words and skillfully skidding across a 90s hip-hop production, Gab’s tone and delivery is smooth at every turn. Not to say she doesn’t have sharp jabs or bars, but simply knows how to handle her craft.
Phoebe Bridgers (Yeti) 1:45-2:30 p.m.
Emotionally driven against a warm, acoustic, LA artist Phoebe Bridgers sinks her teeth in somber ballads. The stirring fusion of her wanting and mourning, angelic vocals offer hope and pull you in for more.
*Jacob Banks (Sasquatch) 2:15-3:00 p.m.
Self-taught U.K. artist, Jacob Banks possess a naturally, soulful power that drips from his gritty, and low vocals. Taking this amount of passion with stringed instruments and soft productions create the ultimate sensory experience.
*Alex Lahey (Yeti) 3:00-4:00 p.m.
College rock drips from Alex Lahey. The Australian musician comments that she simply likes to “keep it real” as she incorporates reality within her alt sound.
*Tank and the Bangas (Sasquatch) 3:30-4:30 p.m.
2017’s NPR Tiny Desk winners have been on a roll since their well deserved win. If unfamiliar, the New Orleans collective use the best qualities, not only of their lively environment, but of funk, gospel, and playful dispositions that melt from lead vocals.
*Noname (Big Foot) 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Poetic rap, blurring the lines of reality and “scrambled thoughts”, Noname is an artist that must be witness lived. Echoing these thoughts in a fashion of vivid lines, Noname’s aesthetic is fresh and soulful.
*Japanese Breakfast (Yeti) 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Sweet dispositions and a soundscape of dreamy melodies. Michelle Zauner offers more than soft sounds but relatable nourishment that shimmers from each track.
*Perfume Genius (Big Foot) 7:15-8:15 p.m.
Theatrically, an extension of indie-pop with all the bells and whistles. Perfume Genius possesses many stand out and grand hooks that encapsulates live.
Big Thief (Yeti) 7:30-8:30 p.m.
If you’re into something a little more slower, raw, and pensive to the touch, Big Thief is perfect. The somber and cold qualities of Adrianne Lenke’s vocals are the final touchings to an indie musing filled with wonder.
*Ray Lamontagne (Sasquatch) 8:15-9:30 p.m.
Lamontagne’s emotive way of singing overpowers the warm tone of his acoustic. Slightly straying into the heart of blues, Lamontagne crosses from multiple genres, focusing on heavy songwriting.
*Slowdive (Bigfoot) 9:30 -10:30 p.m.
Ah, shoegaze. U.K. collective, Slowdive, brings the drawn out guitar chords, hazy vibes, and new wave vocals into full fruition.
*Tokimonsta (El Chupacabra) 10:15-11:15
Production skills that hail to the Gods. Tokimonsta fuses dance, chillwave, with her own identity. Feeding off of the energy that is out, Tokimonsta manages to incorporate that within her own voice in the best, possible way.
*Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals (Bigfoot) 12:00-1:30 a.m.
Do we really need to explain?