By Shannon Carlin
This year’s Sasquatch! Music Festival, like Coachella before it, is offering double the fun by expanding to two weekends. But unlike the Indio, California fest, each weekend of Sasquatch! will have entirely different lineups.
The Washington festival’s first weekend, taking place Memorial Day Weekend (May 23-25), will include fest mainstays OutKast, along with The National, Queens of the Stone Age, M.I.A. and Foster the People. Newer artists like HAIM, Chance the Rapper, Phantogram, Rudimental and First Aid Kit make the bill. Hip-hop is represented by Tyler the Creator, while dance acts like Major Lazer, Big Freedia and Ryan Hemsworth. The weekend will also include performances from tUnE-yArDs, Violent Femmes, Panda Bear, Mogwai, Foals, AlunaGeorge, Cage the Elephant, Liars, Phosphorescent, Bob Mould, Washed Out, Elbow, Portugal. the Man, Deafheaven, Parquet Courts, Die Antwoord, The Naked and Famous, The Dodos and Austra.
The second weekend, taking place during Fourth of July (July 4-6), features headliners like Kraftwerk, Neutral Milk Hotel, Soundgarden, New Order, Röyksopp and Robyn, and Frank Ocean, who’s been away since his 2012 debut, Channel Orange. Now we can all get excited for the prospects of a new Ocean record in the coming months.
The second weekend, like the first, features an eclectic lineup that includes Spoon, Local Natives, Broken Bells, Tegan and Sara, Sharon Van Etten, Kurt Vile, Action Bronson, Cloud Nothings, Mac DeMarco, Palma Violets, Mikal Cronin, Jon Hopkins, Oneohtrix Point Never, Rhye, Majical Cloudz, Cass McCombs, Atmosphere, Fuck Buttons, of Montreal, The Notwist, St. Lucia, Lee Fields and the Expressions, METZ, Typhoon, Big Gigantic, Gogol Bordello, Wild Cub, and Black Milk.
Festival passes go on sale this Saturday (Feb. 8) at 10 am.