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LCD Soundsystem, Photo: Bill Ebbesen
LCD Soundsystem, Photo: Bill Ebbesen

LCD Soundsystem will Replace Frank Ocean at Sasquatch! Music Festival; Blitzen Trapper and More Added

By MEGHAN KEARNEY // LCD Soundsystem will return to Sasquatch! Music Festival after seven years, marking their first trip to the Pacific Northwest since their 2011 break-up. 

Big updates to the Sasquatch! Music Festival lineup have caused rejuvenated excitement for Memorial Day Weekend at the Gorge Amphitheatre including the addition of LCD Soundsystem as headliner, Blitzen Trapper, and Jay Som.

In 2010, Brooklyn’s famed electronic act, LCD Soundsystem, took to the stage at Sasquatch! Music Festival and to this day hold the title of one of the most loved sets the festival has ever seen. Shortly after their appearance at the Gorge Amphitheater, the band announced their impending break up. Only five short years later, James Murphy and Co. made a glorious comeback, though leaving the Pacific Northwest in the dust as far as touring went. While playing the festival circuit in 2016, the closest they came to our region was Outside Lands Festival in San Francisco, CA, but this year, the group will return to The Gorge on the heels of a whole set of new music.

What to expect from the new headliner? LCD Soundsystem performing “All My Friends” at Sasquatch! Music Festival 2010 along with a wild crowd.

Their first new release since 2015’s "Christmas Will Break Your Heart," a two-song EP featuring "call the cops" and "american dream" was released last week. The synth heavy and politically driven tracks warmly welcome the band back in to the ears of devoted fans fueling excitement for a forthcoming full-length.

Though the group will be replacing headliner, Frank Ocean, who had to cancel his performance due to production issues beyond his control, the addition of LCD Soundsystem to the bill is something long-term Sasquatch veterans have been dreaming of for 7 years, and new Sasquatch-goers should absolutely not miss.

Sasquatch! Music Festival will take place at The Gorge Amphitheatre in George, WA, May 26-28. Single day tickets ($99.50 US) and weekend passes ($295 US) are available here. LCD Soundsystem will be performing on the main stage Friday night.

You can also check out Oregon Music News’ top picks for this year’s festival along with our newly updated playlist including our favorites from the lineup.  

(Header photo by Bill Ebesen, CC BY 3.0

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