It’s rare that a festival has their best single day lineup on a Sunday, or their last day of the event, whatever that is, but Sasquatch was full of surprises this year. The stacked lineup featured some of THE most critically acclaimed acts of the last few years, and introduced a festival to many bands sure to be on best lits for the next decade.
Wow, Phoebe Bridgers set at Sasquatch was incredible. The soulful folk and indie rocker from Los Angeles has played DIY shows at abandoned churches, appeared in Apple commercials, has had her music on ABC shows, been on CBS morning shows… she’s also only got one album out. She’s destined for stardom, and she’s just getting started. After scoring serious indie and DIY cred in the punk scene in Los Angeles, she’s since earned critical praise from Pitchfork, Fader, and more for best new album and material recently. Her set as Sasquatch was one of our most anticipated sets.
Ah, Perfume Genius. We hadn’t seen Mike Hadreas since Coachella, and his recent album was fresh on our minds so we were very excited for his Sasquatch appearance. Again, we’re wondering who did the booking this year, because the lineup was essentially many of the best albums of 2017 all in one fest. The stylish singer didn’t disappoint, with a flashy set and amazing theatrics, Perfume Genius left us wanting more with his new material and singles strung out perfectly for his performance.
Soccer mommy singer Sophoe Allison was born in Switzerland and grew up in Nashville. She started playing music at a young age and has only been in the game for a few years, but what a few years it’s been. Her catchy albums have been a hit so far, with her most recent landing on many best of 2018 albums already. We were delighted to catch the rising star play her own version of catchy bedroom pop tunes and look forward to her future performances.
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and Japanese Breakfast is one of the most important acts that played Sasquatch day 3. The always sensational Michelle Zauner only has two albums out, but with solid Pitchfork and Metacritic ratings (not that that matters), the buzz worthy artist always delivers. Showcasing her badass tattoos and chronicling an intimate set, Japanese Breakfast delivered a set we’ll never forget.
We last saw Alex G at FYF (RIP for 2018) while he played an iconic set with Frank Ocean. Yeah, wow. The talented twenty-something just keeps racking up accomplishments, having his albums appear on multiple top of the year lists from Noisey, Consequence of Sound, Vogue, and more. He’s also redefining DIY and self release material, setting his music exclusively to Bandcamp primarily. All that’s changed however, as his various albums are finally commercially available. The always changing Alexander Giannascoli redefined lo-fi bedroom pop into high experimental art. Plus, if it’s good enough for Frank Ocean, it’s good enough for an adoring crowd at Sasquatch. His unique set was one of our biggest highlights of the weekend.
Chastity Belt by Lee Bedrouni
Chastity Belt was one of our most anticipated acts of Sasquatch. We covered them recently, which you can check out here, so we were excited to see them play again. Their set did not disappoint, and the buzzy Hardly Art (a division of Subpop) artists rocked their way into many young people’s hearts.
Slowdive by Lee Bedrouni
Slowdive are a critically acclaimed legendary band that have moody and atmospherically perfect music and performances. We’ve seen them at fests, live in Los Angeles, and we were incredibly thrilled to be part of the audience for their performance at Sasquatch. Seeing the legends play such emotionally earnest songs moved us to tears.
You might know Neko Case from her work with The New Pornographers, but the solo singer-songwriter has been rocking events like SXSW and Sasquatch and making waves in her own right. Although Case was born in Virginia, she found prominence in Canada playing with TNP as well as many other Canadian bands. She’s had country albums, which have evolved into her “country noir” soundstyle she is currently affiliated with, and has had a long history in cities like Seattle, Chicago, and is strongly rooted in Americana. The historical singer had one of the most memorable sets of Sasquatch for how well she embraced her musical roots and acknowledged her storied career.
The Natational by Brandon Harrington
The National were phenomenal at Shaky Knees, and they’re the perfect act to close out the night and weekend at Sasquatch. Critically acclaimed old school indie rockets who keep releasing fundamentally perfect albums year after year. It’s hard to find people who aren’t in love with this band. The perfect close to the perfect set.
All photos by Keegan Huey-Woods unless otherwise stated