But it’s the FOO! And other thoughts on Sasquatch…

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by heather on February 9, 2011

The 10th annual Hairy Man fest in Washington State has announced its lineup this week to a resounding “THUD” but after some consideration I have to wonder why?  Music fans, me included, took a quick glance and dismissed it as lackluster.  Then I stopped and wondered why The Foo Fighters and Death Cab for Cutie aren’t enough of a draw?  Foo Fighters are one of the best live acts out there and the itty, bitty bursts of  songs, from their new album coming out in April, sound phenomenal so shouldn’t this performance blow your hair back live?

So with the wind let of the sails of the 2011 Sasquatch fever I wonder if it will affect ticket sales.  I doubt it– which is great because with over 80 bands on the bill it promises to be amazing.  Just listen to some of the music on the schedule page.

Sasquatch Fest runs May 27th to 30th the weekend after the Victoria Day long weekend.  I wonder will this factor in and stop a few Canadians as it is not a long weekend north of the border.  They’ve added a 4th day this year with Friday scheduled to feature the Foo Fighters and Against Me! (who also opened for the Foo Fighters here in Edmonton in what was, arguably, the best concert of 2007), and 3 other bands; Death From Above 1979, Rival schools, Smith Westerns, and The Bronx will kick it all off. 

I heard a Dave Grohl interview on Sonic102.9 talking about how excited they are to be headlining Sasquatch, although he mentioned they’d play anywhere, he suggested “your apartment”, he also gushed they are stoked and it is a thrill to be headlining.  Hearing his interview made me wish I could go now.

I will hazard a guess here that in 5 years we will look back at this schedule and drool.  That’s the thing about Sasquatch — the organizers are a bit ahead of the curve, even if you can’t see it now rest assured you will be wishing you had gone.  Trust them; they know what they are doing.   

Music fans around Edmonton seem less than impressed with this year’s line up and compared to last year who can blame them at first glance?  No Arcade Fire, which came as a big surprise, but I urge everybody to take another look.  From experience, Sasquatch lineups cannot reveal the little blissful moments that are created in such an ethereal venue.  Did I think I would come back raving about LCD Soundsystem last year?  Hell no.  I went to see The National, Ra Ra Riot, Mumford and Sons and The xx.  But it was really the bands I had not intended to see that BLEW my mind.  That is what I love (especially) about live music and festivals and Sasquatch 2010 introduced me to new music (to me) and musicians I may never have heard of.

There are several bands on the 2011 bill that interest me and I’d love to see live (Foo Fighters, Death Cab For Cutie, Cold War Kids, The Decemberists, Dan Mangan, Deerhunter, and Foster the People) however I will not be making the trip south this Spring as it coincides with “U2 Week” for me and I already plan to be in the lovely city of Winnipeg, Manitoba at my own hairy man fest, but I digress and enough about The Edge’s chest hair.

If you can go to Sasquatch you still should.  Not because of what you expect to see, but for all the unexpected moments of pure joy; the dancing on the Gorge and the moments of  heaven at sunset when you will wonder aloud if life gets any better like I did.  And…the bragging rights that you got to see bands like Alberta Cross before they got HUGE!  Wink, wink, nudge, nudge…


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Trevolutions February 10, 2011 at 3:03 pm

Hahaha. I was going to write “Why Coachella Rules and Sasquatch Sucks This Year”
I for one will not be attending Sasquatch after toying with the idea.

In my honest opinion-there has to be a headlining band on the bill that I would consider travelling, a fair distance, just to see them because I’m not going to get to see them otherwise. Sasquatch just doesn’t have that one band.

I’ve seen Foo, Wilco, Modest Mouse already. Don’t really care for Death Cab, Flogging Molly or Flaming Lips. Now don’t get me wrong-there are quite a few bands on the bill I do want to see (Yeasayer, Decemberists, Cold War Kids, Matt & Kim, BeachHouse, Local Natives, Surfer Blood, Axis of Awesome) but not at the expense of what it would cost and 5-6 days of travel.

I’m still disappointed by the line-up especially compared to Coachella. I think I could honestly say I would rather see The Strokes, The National, Arcade Fire, Kanye West, Black Keys, Chemical Brothers, Big Audio Dynamite than any other band on the Sasquatch line-up.

I would even rather go to Lollapalooza based on the three headliners-Muse, Foo Fighters and Eminem-that were just announced.

But then again that’s what makes us all awesome because we all have our own tastes. I’ve met people who think Sasquatch is an amazing line-up.


Trev The Music Snob


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