Sasquatch Festival / The Gorge (George, WA) / Day 4 Review 5.27.2013
Published: June 13, 2013
By: Gracie Roberts
Just like that, the fourth and final day of Sasquatch was off to a start in the Columbia Gorge. Although the weather outside was a bit dreary, attendees didn’t seem to be phased. Hoards of raincoats and umbrellas made their way to the venue during the early afternoon hours, and regardless of the rain, the festival was set into motion. Some of the most noteworthy performing artists of the day included Imagine Dragons and Toro y Moi, who held it down during the daytime hours with respective performances on the main stage and El Chupacabra. As the sun set, the festival welcomed in Cake, Alt-J, and The Lumineers.
Monday was a big day for electronic music fans, as Guy and Howard Lawrence of Disclosure were scheduled to play an hour-long set in El Chupacabra. As one of the fastest-growing electronic groups across the globe, Disclosure was an obvious commodity included in the festival’s lineup. At the tender ages of 18 and 21, Guy and Howard have found their musical niche in UK garage and funky, deep house genres. After releasing a couple notable singles in 2010 and 2011, the duo released The Face EP in June 2012. This release was widely acclaimed and has led to the release of Disclosure’s first full album, Settle, which was released earlier this month.
The brothers had a minimal stage setup in El Chupacabra, with two simple tables serving as the only structures onstage. Disclosure’s tracklist in this performance was flawless -- tracks including “F For You,” “When a Fire Starts to Burn,” “Tenderly,” “Voices,” and “What’s In Your Head” riled up the crowd. Howard Lawrence provided live vocals and guitar riffs in a number of the group’s tracks, while Guy controlled the beats that rumbled the walls of the large tent. Some of the collaborations that the pair has worked on with other artists, such as “Boiling (feat. Sinead Harnett),” “White Noise (feat. AlunaGeorge),” and their remix of Jessie Ware’s “Running” continued to jazz up the performance. Just when the audience thought they couldn’t dance any longer, the long-anticipated track “Latch (feat. Sam Smith)” came onto the sound system. This was an especially joyous moment in El Chupacabra, as fans jumped up and down, soaking in every second of Disclosure’s superior performance.
Steve Aoki and Rusko were two artists at Sasquatch that supplied the festival’s guests with a couple of the most energy-filled, savage sets during the weekend. Steve Aoki is known for his brand of electro primed for the dance floor, while Rusko specializes in the grimiest and fiercest of dubstep styles. While Steve performed in El Chupacabra following Disclosure’s set, Rusko pushed the Honda Bigfoot stage to its limits from 10 to 11:30 p.m.. As Rusko performed during the same time as The Postal Service, his performance gave Sasquatchers another option in what they could see during Sunday’s evening hours.
Sasquatch closed out an unforgettable four days with none other than The Postal Service, the Los Angeles-based trio who was making their way through the country as part of their extended world tour celebrating the ten year anniversary of their 2003 album, Give Up. The Postal Service started as a kind of side project for vocalist Ben Gibbard, who is also the leading voice behind the indie-pop band Death Cab For Cutie. Working together with producer Jimmy Tamborello and supporting vocalist Jenny Lewis (of Rilo Kiley), the group released Give Up on Sub Pop Records in February of 2003. The album was Sub Pop’s most successful release since Nirvana’s debut album, Bleach. Ten years later, The Postal Service has reunited to celebrate their roots as well as present a few new tracks to their countless fans.
Looking out at the monstrous audience that was present at Sasquatch’s main stage, The Postal Service delivered some of their most known and loved tracks, including “The District Sleeps Alone Tonight,” “Sleeping In,” “Nothing Better,” “Clark Gable,” and “This Place Is A Prison.” A few of the group’s newly-released tracks, such as “Turn Around,” “Be Still My Heart,” and “There’s Never Enough Time,” were dispersed evenly throughout the performance, proving that the group still has just as much talent as they did a decade ago. Gibbard gave several greetings to the audience throughout the set, bidding a quick goodbye to the audience after about 45 minutes onstage. This led to deafening cheers from the crowd, begging the group to return for an encore. The Postal Service was pleased to give the audience the extra music that they craved, coming back with “Such Great Heights,” “The Dream of Evan and Chan,” and “Brand New Colony” to officially close out their show. The level of nostalgia present in the audience was almost palpable as fans were privileged in seeing this once-in-a-lifetime show. Sasquatch was extremely lucky to be one of the destinations that The Postal Service visited on their final tour together.
All good things must come to an end. This was hard to swallow as fans simply couldn’t get enough of what Sasquatch had given them during this year’s Memorial Day weekend. This festival is all about watching one’s favorite bands with the ones closest to them, and this goal was undoubtedly attained during all four days of the festival. All in all, Sasquatch achieved success in the beautiful environment that the Gorge provided, supplemented by the diverse collection of performing artists present at the festival that were never to be forgotten.