Day 1: Kicked off fiercely with Lion Babe. The neosoul beats from producercombined with the disco fever moves of singer Jillian Hervey brought a crazy energy to the
crowd that set a pretty high bar on the very first day. Day one continued to stay strong into the
evening where acts like Gordi & Lany brought a sizeable crowd to the comparably smaller Yeti
The main stage brought a flurry of headliners on day one; acts like Oh Wonder and
Disclosure did not disappoint although, kind of surprisingly, A$AP Rocky seemed to be the
biggest let down of the night after coming on stage 45 minutes late & sending on a pair openers.
Needless to say the crowd wasn’t having it, and at least a third left to catch Yeasayer after a few
songs. This is the second year in a row that rappers have seemingly sabotaged their own
performances on the Main stage. After Kendrick’s less than stellar performance last year
(“M.A.A.D. City” four times, really?) Sasquatch might want to revisit the contracts they have in
place to ensure everyone knows what to expect next time a major rapper headlines their
Day 2: Slowed down a bit in comparison to the big kickoff that was day one. Acts like Hibou and
Raury definitely brought a crowd to their stages, but it wasn't until around 7pm when I noticed an
audience really start to form inside of the Chupacabra tent. Kevin Garrett, who’s name you may
recognize from the masterpiece that is Beyonce’s “Lemonade,” wrote the opening track on the
album and is quickly becoming one to watch. His performance was soft, sultry and
ultra satisfying. He played in Portland the night after Sasquatch, but if you missed him I’d
recommend checking out a show next time he’s in town.
Over on the Main stage, Major Lazer brought the party while M83 brought the heavy synths, but
it was Vic Mensa who stole the show for me on day two, despite the crowd of obnoxious fratboys screaming slightly ignorant obscenities, the energy he brought to stage was pretty
powerful, I‘ll even admit his performance of “16 Shots” was a bit of a tearjerker.
Day 3: Was a day of surprises from the very beginning. Strong wind gusts kept the Main stage
closed all afternoon, many acts including Saint Motel and Allen Stone were either postponed or
cancelled. Secondary stage acts like Kaleo and Mac Demarco were definitely helping to tide the
crowds over, but with performances from major headliners like Alabama Shakes and the Cure
up in the air, it was looking pretty grim until an unexpected message from the Sasquatch app
lifted everyone’s spirits. We all were told to get to the lawn at 8:15pm; hoping to see the Main
stage back up, we sprinted there to find the wonderful Leon Bridges giving an acoustic
performance of his set that many thought they would miss due to the weather. As Leon finished
up his last song and left, everyone turned to see the Main Stage light up just in time for Alabama
Shakes. And just like that a bad day turns great again; definitely an incredible moment that will
never be forgotten.
Day 4: Was bittersweet, but mostly sweet. Closing the festival with some pretty big names,
Sasquatch definitely came and went out with a bang. The Main stage was busy all day long;
from Casey Veggies animated set at 2pm to Grimes’ crazy beats and killer dancers preparing us
for Florence Welch seemingly teleporting her way across the stage in the evening (Seriously,
she was all over the place in the best way possible.) Every Main stage act on day four was
killer. However, my personal MVP of the day goes to a performance from the Yeti stage, an
artist I’m calling “one to watch”: Sir the Baptist.
Before I left for the festival I was told by a few friends to catch his set. Not really knowing what to
expect I had just planned to catch the first few minutes and wound up staying the entire time.
Not only were we allowed to photograph his entire set (As a photographer that’s enough cause
to stay as long as you can, fellow photographers I know you feel me on this), but the lively
performance from him and his fellow band members we’re on a completely different level than
anything I’d seen from any other act from the festival up to that point. If he wasn’t dancing on
stage he was jumping into the crowd, at one point everyone on stage made their way into the pit
and later danced their way out hugging, highfiving and singing along with everyone they
passed by. He was not one to miss, I could not recommend enough that you check him out.
Overall, Sasquatch was an incredible experience. I don’t know if it was the crazy weather, the
energy of the crowds, the performers or a combination of it all, but things felt even more vibrant
and lively this year. Now that the post-festival depression has set in, I find myself using any
excuse to talk about what a great time this year was. The 2016 lineup will be hard to top, but I can't wait to see what's in store for Sasquatch 2017.Be sure to follow the rising photographer, Candace, on Instagram!
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