Sasquatch! Music Festival-goers are taking their hardest hit yet with the announcement that the festival will not be returning in 2019 and, with producer and founder Adam Zacks leaving, the festival’s future beyond next year is also unclear (though Zacks bidding farewell to the festival, as reported by Willamette Week, isn’t promising). Taking place over Memorial Day weekend at The Gorge Amphitheatre in George, Wash., since its first occurrence in 2002, as just a one-day festival at the time, Sasquatch! has hosted an array of artists with a strong focus on rock/indie-rock and singer-songwriter acts. Still, the festival has struggled over the course of its run, having to cancel the additional weekend added in 2014 and at times significantly under-selling its capacity.
Artists like Neko Case and Modest Mouse have both been at Sasquatch! since nearly the beginning—and so have we—as both acts played the festival’s second year in 2003 and this possibly final year of 2018 (Case has played the festival a total of nine times, between her solo act and The New Pornographers; Modest Mouse a total of six times, as per 107.7 The End’s lineup records).
“Sasquatch! will forever remain a tapestry of the people who worked with us, the artists who inspired us, and the varied experiences of the fans who attended it,” Zacks said in a statement. “My humblest gratitude to all of you. May the spirit that made Sasquatch! so special live on.”
After an especially stellar 2018 lineup, it’s hard to see the festival go, but as Zacks said, “Onward to the next adventure.” From the big names of Bon Iver and The National to the dead-on rock act White Reaper, punk duo The Garden and country-influenced indie act Whitney, Sasquatch! 2018 will serve as a good close to this festival’s book, if this is indeed its end.
Reminisce with us over some great years at Sasquatch! at the Gorge in these photos galleries from 2012, 2013 and 2014, and see how fans and artists alike expressed their gratefulness for the amazing times this festival enabled throughout the years below.
(Don’t know who “dancing guy” is? Check out the video below.)