First staged in Seattle way back in 2002, Sasquatch! Music Festival is now firmly established at its home at The Gorge Ampitheatre in George, Washington. This year’s event takes place over Memorial Day weekend and promises performances from big names Bon Iver, The National and Modest Mouse, plus a whole heap of up-and-coming acts. Check out our pick of the bill below, and read related content from some of the festival’s most exciting performers.
Tyler, The Creator
Seven years since he first blew minds with his solo singles “Sandwitches” and “Yonkers”, Tyler, The Creator is still going from strength to strength creatively, with his most recent album being widely acclaimed as his best so far. Last July’s Flower Boy found the former Odd Future ring-leader eschewing the shock tactics of earlier releases to plumb new emotional depths across a set of deeply melodic, synth-driven cuts. Live, he remains one of the most compelling rap acts in the game. Catch him on the Bigfoot Stage on Saturday.
For the benefit of the uninitiated, Indiana producer Jlin delights in subverting the conventions of Chicago’s footwork and juke house scenes, playing with vivid, futuristic percussion and polyrhythm to create something a little more left-field and innovative. 2017 was a big year for the Planet Mu signee, thanks to the critical success of her second long-player, and listening to Black Origami you get the sense she’s only just getting started, still. Do not, under any circumstances, miss Saturday’s set on the El Chupacabra Stage.
As if the opportunity to hear material from David Byrne’s excellent new solo LP wasn’t reason enough to catch his set on the Sasquatch Stage, the prospect of Talking Heads classics getting an airing ought to have you rushing to reserve a spot at the front. “Born Under Punches”, “Once In A Lifetime” and “This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody)” are some of the back catalog gems that have made it into recent solo set lists, alongside a cover of Janelle Monáe’s “Hell You Talmabout”. Bring your over-sized suit and we will see you on the barriers.
More from the line-up
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- It’s very hard to somehow show people that if you’re a black man sitting in front of a piano with an afro, it doesn’t mean that you’re Ray Charles or Little Richard.
- I believe that peace and love are important concepts, and that's starting to be controversial, sadly.
- I stopped seeing myself as the central figure in a drama about me and my life, and wanted to try to make myself a character in a human drama.
- The whole point of getting Slowdive back together wasn’t to be a heritage band. The idea was to make new music.
- It's everything. It's in the system. There's no safe space for a woman to feel beautiful and confident.