By: MEGHAN KEARNEY // The gold in this year's Sasquatch lineup lies in the undercard and we've carefully mapped out the must-see acts set to play year's festival!
Another year of Sasquatch! Music Festival at the Gorge Amphitheatre is only four months away and this year brings Frank Ocean, Chance the Rapper, The Shins, Phantogram, MGMT, and many more. The festival will take place Friday May 26th through Sunday May 28th in George, WA.
Despite the reduced time span and shorter list of acts, the Sasquatch lineup remains true to form through an undercard packed with some of the greatest artists yet to take on the mainstream. While many veteran Sasquatch goers have voiced opinions on this year’s lineup, we’ve spent some time carefully digesting each and every act and selecting our favorites of the wonderfully lovable undercard.
If you need that extra push to remember why Memorial Day weekend at The Gorge is your favorite weekend of the year, we’ve stacked up a playlist full of our most loved sleepers set to perform at this year’s Sasquatch! Check out our top 5 picks below, and if you dig it, listen to the full playlist here, which also includes Bomba Estéreo, Klangstof, American Football, Car Seat Headrest, Manatee Commune, Flint Eastwood, Fakear, and more!
Jagwar Ma: This Australian prog-dance trio puts on one of the most energetic live performances out there right now. Were you hoping to see LCD Soundsystem at the Gorge this year? You’ll find solace in this quirky, groovy set which makes their [incredible] recordings seem dull.
The Hotelier: In a strange resurgence of what some may refer to as emo music, The Hotelier is a group leading the modernized pack with their raw, unfettered garage-rock emotion. Their poetic lyrics and fraught scratchy vocals are bringing emo back in a perfect way.
Bob Moses: For those looking for their next favorite chill-wave artist, look right to Bob Moses. The Vancouver, BC duo crafts beautiful down tempo beats overlaid by soothing unearthly vocals that will fit perfectly with a cool Gorge breeze.
Mondo Cozmo: With a small collection of songs that range inexplicably in genre, Mondo Cozmo is perhaps the biggest sleeper on this year’s lineup. Each track catchier than the next, solo rocker Joshua Ostrander is one of those acts who will play a noon set at the Yeti Stage one year, and an evening set on the Main Stage the next.
RÜFÜS DU SOL: Another chillwave/electronic act from Australia offers the perfect atmospheric sounds and live set complete with entrancing light shows to match. Combined with the soothing vocals of Tyrone Lindqvist this may make for an excellent late night Sasquatch set. Give the video below a spin and picture it at the Gorge.