17 Jul 2018
This is the first of two posts that I’m writing today that will bum the both of us out! I first learned that Sasquatch Music Festival would be ceasing its operations at the end of June, but I couldn’t bring myself to write about it on Yow Yow! Every year, I continued to be impressed with the lineup and there was never a shortage of stories from my friends coming back from the festival. As much as I had loved the lineup, I wasn’t a big camper and most of the time opted out for other plans. If you’ve ever been to the Gorge though, then you know it’s an incredible venue with even more spectacular views. That’s why it makes it even more difficult to share the news that the festival is ending after 17 years.
In a June 28th email announcement, founder Adam Zacks shared that Sasquatch will not be returning in 2019, but thanking all that were involved with making it as memorable as it has been. It was rumored that Sasquatch had seen a decline in the last couple of years as have many other festivals in 2018. Earlier this year, FYF Fest had canceled their entire festival shortly after announcing their lineup due to low ticket sales.
Though I never attended the festival myself, Adam was someone that I looked up to when I had spent some time booking. I admired his work and he truly did great things for the music community in Seattle. It’s a shame to see Sasquatch go, but I hope this isn’t the end for Adam and I’m looking forward to hearing what he does next. For his full statement on wrapping up the festival, click [here.]
17 May 2018
It’s BACK! I was starting to worry that it would never return, but it looks like the festival has come up from the dead in full force – just not in the same location that we have always known it for. It doesn’t make a whole lot of sense, but we heard that Treasure Island Music Festival had to exit Treasure Island mainly due to all of the construction work that is being done. I was just last on the island a few months ago and it really did seem like work was being done all over the place. It’s a quiet part of the city and while there are a handful of establishments and scattered activities, it almost felt like the festival itself had outgrown the location mutually around the same time. Treasure Island will bring attention to Oakland in 2018 – a place that I don’t get out to enough. At first glance, the lineup is decent. A little something for everyone, but it’s still not a stunner like the lineup for Outside Lands. I really would love to see the festival in its new setting, but I just can’t confirm that it’s something that we’ll attend this year. What does everyone else think? Have you all loved Treasure Island since the beginning? How do we feel about it moving to Oakland?
11 May 2018
My heart sunk a little when I saw this news earlier this week. In all the years that I’ve been sharing music festival lineups on Yow Yow! I’ve never actually had to go back and retract something like this. We shared this lineup to the blog just at the end of March and not even a month and a half later, the organizers have announced that the entire festival is being canceled. What a terrible feeling for all those involved especially those behind-the-scenes who likely spent a year + trying to put together what would have been a fantastic weekend.
The festival takes place in LA, which has an incredible music scene so I’ve been trying to wrack my brain to figure out what went wrong. Was it Coachella? Was it the clause that prevents other artists and bands from performing at music festivals and concerts within a certain time span of each other? It was disappointing when San Francisco lost Treasure Island Music after their 2016 run, but to cancel a fest before it even had a chance to get up on its legs is heartbreaking.
05 May 2018
I have left this poster up on my tabs this week not only as a reminder to post it to Yow Yow! but because it is so beautiful! The colors!! Oh my goodness, everyone knows that I have a major soft spot for this music festival because in a way, it sort of helped shape my youth. This was the event that I looked forward to every summer, more than Capitol Hill Block Party (early on at least) more than Seafair (because that has never been my thing ever) and more than the Bite of Seattle. Bumbershoot has always been a family friendly music festival that brings musical and comedy acts from all over the world into one place. There is also a huge emphasis on local acts. This year, I’m especially excited to see Portugal. The Man so high up on this lineup.
06 Apr 2018
Every year the lineup comes out, I have this back and forth with myself. I think about the acts that I might want to see and the acts that I don’t care to see. I think about how much this is going to cost me and if I want to miss work for it. I wonder if the food and drinks are really worth it because that’s something you have to consider when it’s a festivals that considers themselves more than just a music festival.
This year was different. I saw the lineup and I pretty much made a decision immediately. We’re going. At least one day.
31 Mar 2018
Okay, so it’s not the easiest to read, but isn’t this one of the best lineup announcement posters you’ve ever seen? V. 90’s. We approve. Janet Jackson is ready to make her comeback this year.
17 Mar 2018
Partial lineup and more to come! There’s a special place in my heart for my old stomping grounds and one of my favorite music festivals.