Although it has been downsized both in attendees and days, Sasquatch! Festival proved to be even more of a unique and enjoyable experience than previous years. Kat Conn spent Memorial Day weekend overlooking the infamous canyon backdrops at the Gorge Amphitheatre – headlined by Bon Iver, Modest Mouse, and the National and featuring numerous talented artists from all over.

Favorites of the weekend included Tash Sultana’s epic guitar montages, Rostam’s colourful party at dusk, Explosions in the Sky with ear drumming rattling soundtracks, noname’s sassy lyrics, Phoebe Bridgers’ simple yet evocative set, and Anderson Paak. & The Free Nationals’ high energy closing performance. Japandroids had '90s rock cassette tape vibes, Tank and the Bangas brought stories to life, and What So Not made people dance like no other as the last event in the dance tent.

There was no shortage of funky tunes heard, sunsets enjoyed on the hillside and sunburns accumulated, as nearly perfect weather graced the venue with its presence. Even the campgrounds partied long after the artists finished up after midnight, as RVs and painted school buses turned up the bass until dawn.

Whether you knew all of the names on the lineup or only a few, music for all ages and genre preferences populated every corner of Sasquatch. The general sentiment was an all-around delightful weekend in central Washington State and an eagerness to replay the official Spotify playlist through all the highways and holiday traffic home.

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