Sasquatch Music Festival - Columbia River Gorge
Sasquatch Music Festival - Columbia River Gorge
Photo: Pat Herrera

With January in the books for 2015, February brings a month filled with activity. Punxsutawney Phil has proclaimed six more weeks of winter, the national celebration of Black History month, Valentine’s and President’s Days, just to name a few. It is also time when concert promoters start announcing summer concert festival lineups. And here in the Pacific Northwest, that means the Sasquatch! Music Festival, or just Sasquatch! for locals and veteran attendees. The event is located in Quincy, Washington, nestled in the scenic confines of the Columbia River Gorge of central Washington State, providing an incredible back drop to the four day music festival, held Memorial Day weekend, May 22 - 25.

The concert organizers and Live Nation officially announced the 2015 Sasquatch line up February 3. True to its history, Sasquatch offers a diverse assortment of artists. This year features Kendrick Lamar, Robert Plant & The Sensational Space Shifters, Modest Mouse, Lana Del Rey, Ryan Adams, Of Monsters and Men, and local Portland favorites, The Decemberists. The 100-plus list of artists also includes comedy from Doug Benson, Leslie Jones, Pete Davidson, Cameron Esposito, Chris Gethard, Nick Thune, Emmett Montgomery and Yogi Paliwal.

Founded in 2002 by festival creator Adam Zacks, he has gone to great lengths to build Sasquatch into a premiere music event, handpicking popular and eclectic musical and comedic talent. Now in its 14th year, hundreds of previous performers have included such notable bands as Arcade Fire, Beastie Boys, Beck, The Black Keys, Coldplay, The Cure, Foo Fighters, Jack White, Kanye West, Mumford & Sons, Outkast, R.E.M., plus top comedians: Zach Galifianakis, Flight of the Conchords, Sarah Silverman, Nick Offerman, and Maya Rudolph.

After 2013’s festival sold out in a record 90 minutes, last year Zacks and Live Nation ambitiously attempted to capitalize on its growing popularity and success by expanding the festival into two weekends; three days over Memorial Day, three more over July 4. But it with the dates only six weeks apart and lack of ticket sales for the second weekend, turned out to be more than fans would support. The other downside was a diluted line up since twice the number of artists were needed to cover the two weekends.

Sasquatch veterans and first timers were now torn between weekends and lineups, with a consensus that the July 4 weekend wasn't as strong despite the signing of Soundgarden, Kraftwerk, and New Order. Attendees are challenged enough when deciding who they’ll see when there, given bands can play simultaneously on one of five stages with potentially overlapping sets. Slow ticket sales eventually had the last say and the July 4 weekend was cancelled. 2015 brings the return to the four day musical celebration.

Whether you opt for the $350 general admission ticket plus standard communal camping (an additional fee) or want to splurge on the top of the line $5000 Sasquatch Supertickets with furnished glamping tents for two (with complimentary coffee and pastries each morning!) there’s something for everyone. So locate your camping gear and start planning the party with 20,000 of your new best friends because presale begins February 5 at 10am PST. Tickets to the general public go on sale February 6 at 10 a.m. PST.