The lineup for this year’s Sasquatch Music Festival was announced yesterday.

Like the monster for which it’s named, Sasquatch Festival is elusive. It’s easy to forget about the Seattle music festival if you don’t live in the Pacific Northwest, as Bonaroo, Lollapalooza and Coachella typically dominate the national headlines around summertime.

But Sasquatch has been around since 2002, consistently adding more acts and growing in popularity throughout the years. It primarily features indie, folk or roots-oriented bands (The String Cheese Incident, Ben Harper, and Jack Johnson were among the few that played the inaugural festival), but it always offers a widely diverse lineup.

This year, the headliners are Foo Fighters, Death Cab For Cutie, Modest Mouse and Wilco. Perfect choices for a festival held in Seattle.

The city should be eternally grateful to Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl, whose hard hitting drums in Nirvana propelled Seattle’s grunge scene to international success in the 90s.

While Grohl was actually born in Ohio, Death Cab For Cutie and Modest Mouse are native to the Evergreen State. Death Cab’s soft and gloomy emo/indie songs are a stark contrast to the Foo Fighters and other loud, electric grunge bands, but the band should still be respected as state heroes.

Finally, Wilco is similar to the folksy bands that played the original festival and continue to play every year.

Beyond the headliners, there are enough strong bands that this once tiny festival has the chance to become as successful as the aforementioned big three.

Among the talented performers near the top of the bill are The Flaming Lips, The Decemberists, Bright Eyes, and Iron & Wine. These are all A-list acts that have all previously done their rounds headlining the mainstream festival circuit.

In addition, there will be performances by modern funk band Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, Irish punk band Flogging Molly, and numerous other young but moderately successful indie bands.

The festival also has a slew of popular and talented electronic acts set to play, including Flying Lotus, Bassnectar, Chromeo, Bonobo and MSTRKRFT.

Like many festivals, Sasquatch significantly lacks a hip-hop presence on its bill, but there will be sets by Das Racist and K-OS that should entertain all of the hip-hop heads in attendance.

With such a strong lineup, it wouldn’t be too much of a stretch to say that this year’s Sasquatch bill surpasses the quality of its West Coast counterpart Coachella– — which completely sold out its thousands of tickets within a week after they were released.

This lineup is proof that with a little time and effort, smaller music festivals can grow in popularity and land high profile acts. The same thing has happened with Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago, which has grown exponentially since its inception (also selling out three day passes in under a week) and has even snatched up some bands that have previously headlined the city’s popular Lollapalooza festival.

With the concert ticket sales down in recent years, big names can always count on festivals to succeed, so we should see more Sasquatch-like festivals gaining in popularity over the years.

For all those on the West Coast who waited too long to snatch up a Coachella ticket, Sasquatch is a great alternative.

Tickets can be found here

Click here for the complete Sasquatch Lineup:

  • Against Me!
  • Alberta Cross
  • Aloe Blacc
  • The Antlers
  • Archers of Loaf
  • Axis of Awesome
  • Basia Bulat
  • Bassnectar
  • Beach House
  • Best Coast
  • Black Mountain
  • Bonobo (DJ Set)
  • Bright Eyes
  • The Bronx
  • CSS
  • Chromeo
  • City and Colour
  • Cold War Kids
  • Cotton Jones
  • Dan Mangan
  • Das Racist
  • Death Cab For Cutie
  • The Decemberists
  • Deerhunter
  • The Drums
  • Fitz & The Tantrums
  • The Flaming Lips
  • Flogging Molly
  • Flying Lotus
  • Foo Fighters
  • Foster the People
  • Gayngs
  • The Globes
  • Gold Panda
  • Guided By Voices
  • Iron & Wine
  • Jaill
  • Jenny & Johnny
  • K-Os
  • Local Natives
  • Major Lazer
  • Matt & Kim
  • Modest Mouse
  • MSTRKRFT
  • Noah & The Whale
  • Old 97’s
  • Other Lives
  • Pepper Rabbit
  • Pink Martini
  • The Radio Dept.
  • Ratatat
  • Rebecca Gates and The Consortium
  • Reggie Watts
  • Rival Schools
  • Robyn
  • Rodrigo Y Gabriela
  • S. Carey
  • Sam Roberts Band
  • Secret Sisters
  • Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings
  • Sharon Van Etten
  • Skrillex
  • Sleigh Bells
  • Smith Westerns
  • Stornoway
  • Surfer Blood
  • Talkdemonic
  • The Thermals
  • Tig Notaro
  • Tim Minchin
  • Tokyo Police Club
  • Trailer Park Boys
  • Twin Shadow
  • Villagers
  • Washed Out
  • White Arrows
  • White Denim
  • Wilco
  • Wolf Parade
  • Wye Oak
  • Yeasayer
  • The Young Evils
  • Young the Giant

Will Hagle
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