Sasquatch! Music Festival founder Adam Zacks says that the Washington festival will not return in 2019. It which ran for 17 years and placed emphasis on indie rock bands and singer-songwriters and also including alternative rock, hip hop and EDM. The festival began as a single-day event in 2002 and has since sold over a million tickets. It had over 1,300 bands perform including the Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar, Beastie Boys, Arcade Fire and The Cure.
The festival’s 17th year took place this past Memorial Day at Gorge Amphitheater in Quincy, Washington. The lineup included the likes of Bon Iver, the National, Modest Mouse and more. Read Adam Zacks’ full farewell statement below.
Today we take a bow and bid a fond farewell to Sasquatch! I will no longer be producing the Festival, nor will it take place in 2019.
The Festival began 17 years ago on a hunch, greenlit on nothing more than a name and instinct there was space for something with a uniquely Northwest flavor, on Memorial Day weekend, at one of the most beautiful locations on Earth – The Gorge.
17 years is a long time to do anything. The Beatles lasted a mere 8 years, a fact so astonishing it is difficult to believe. While we didn’t accomplish anything as indelible as “Hey Jude”, the Festival left a lasting mark and proudly represented an independent spirit.
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 … of friendships made, engagements, hilltop weddings, permanent tattoos, once in a lifetime collaborations, weather events both treacherous and magnificent, at least one very public conception, and, of course, hundreds of awe inspiring performances. My humblest gratitude to all of you.
May the spirit that made Sasquatch! so special live on.
Onward to the next adventure,