If you’re like us, you were counting down the days until the Sasquatch 2014 lineup to be announced. With an added weekend in July, Sasquatch 2014 promised to be not only the biggest music event in Washington, but one of the largest in the country. Artists on the bill like The National, Kid Cudi, Soundgarden, Broken Bells and Frank Ocean got us excited but there are a few artists that have really got us pumped.
As cliche as it might be, Outkast is a group we just can’t stop talking about. Yes, everyone is excited to see them and yes, they are the main headliner for the Memorial Day weekend but its their first time reuniting in over a decade. Outkast certainly knows how to do a reunion right. The hip-hop duo will be headlining Coachella in April of this year as well. Not only is this the first time Outkast will perform in a decade, this year marks the 20th anniversary of their debut album Southernplaylisticadillamuzik. Outkast will be on the Sasquatch stage (main stage) Friday, May 23.
Our second pick for the first weekend is AlunaGeorge. Another duo, AlunaGeorge is an electronic trip-hop act with a hint of R&B. Made up of Aluna Francis and George Reid, the two met in an unconventional way for a band to meet, the internet. With a mutual respect for eachother’s music they decided to join force and that is something we are forever grateful for. Catching fire with their single “You Know You Like It,” AlunaGeorge will be on the El Chupacabra stage Sunday, May 25.
Cage the Elephant is someone else we’d like to see during the first Sasquatch weekend. From Bowling Green, Kentucky, Cage the Elephant formed in 2005 but were discovered by most of us when they’re single “Ain’t No Rest For the Wicked” dropped in 2009. The Sasquatch performance will follow Cage the Elephant’s October release Melophobia, which includes “Come a Little Closer.” Cage the Elephant will be playing on the Sasquatch stage, Friday, May 23.
When it comes to weekend two, we’ve noticed a little more rock, in particular, rock a more mature audience on the bill. This isn’t a good or bad thing and there are still a ton of artists we’re psyched about. In particular, New Order. New Order has been around since 1980 and have stood the text of time, working through multiple break ups and reunions only to show up on the Sasquatch bill this year. New Order’s Lost Sirens was released in January of last year and was well received by fans and critics alike. Lost Sirens is the band’s first album since 2005 and Pitchfork.com had this to say about the album:
“As an album, Lost Sirens isn’t at all an embarrassment: it’s a document of a band whose range and reach, rather than power, are what has been diminished.”
Children of the 80s will delight in getting to see this new wave era band rock out at Sasquatch. New Order will be on the Sasquatch stage Sunday, July 6.
The second weekend of Sasquatch features awesome ambient electronic artists as well. Jon Hopkins’ downtempo, chill-out style
has delighted fans, especially in the U.K. where he is from. Hopkins’ Immunity dropped at the end of 2013 with Pitchfork.com stating
“[Immunity}...adds up to a remarkably visceral, sensual, confident electronic record that stays absorbing from beginning to end, and should finally catapult Hopkins to stardom in his own story."
Hopkins promises to bring a mix of slowed down tunes and catchy dance hooks. Hopkins ability to consistently cross genres implementing piano, acoustic sounds and bass heavy electro to make music that should almost be qualified as being in his own special genre. Hopkins will be at the El Chupacabra stage on Saturday, July 5.
Many people forget that Sasquatch features comedy acts as well. Demetri Martin will be performing at the second weekend of Sasquatch and has proved to be a favorite comedian, especially among the college crowd. Martin was the headlining comedian for Homecoming 2010 at CWU and performed for a sold-out shout. A little unconventional in his stand-up, Martin uses a guitar, one-liners and a “large pad” to tell his jokes. Martin had a show on Comedy Central for two years and now focuses on his stand-up, books and contributions to various TV shows and movies. Martin will be on the EL Chupacabra stage on Sunday, July 6.
Ticket sales for Sasquatch 2014 are tomorrow (02/08) at 10 a.m. Be sure to keep an eye on The ‘Burg’s social media for surprise ticket giveaways and opportunities to win tickets to the biggest music/entertainment event in Washington state.