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Lara Faye here with your exclusive Sasquatch Festival Recap, as promised!
Here's the Top 10 Most Magical Moments of Sasquatch Festival 2013
There’s a great sense of accomplishment that comes from surviving a four day music festival. Perhaps it’s the combination of lack of sleep, the hilly miles that are plowed through in the Gorge Amphitheater, and taking a beating by the sun and rain. In between all of this, are the magical moments that make every rough moment worth it. Here are some of our favorite magical moments from this year’s Sasquatch Festival.
1. The Postal Service
There was a common disbelief amongst everyone that we were actually about to watch the band that tugged at our heart strings growing up. The band played nearly every song on their infamous album, “Give Up”, along with their newest tracks. My personal favorite was “National Anthem”. Wow.
2. Sigur Rós
During this highly anticipated performance, the stage had wings. The intricate projections and mind blowing light show paired with the haunting voice of Jónsi landed this show the number two slot on the most magical moments.
3. Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes
This indie folk band never ceases to amaze. Many would agree the best part of their performance was at the end where Edward Sharpe and Jade Castrinos handed a microphone to audience members to share stories. Although some may have found them to be a bit cheesy, there’s something about hearing a story of a goat leading a girl to pursue her dreams that brings a tear to your eye. I guess you had to be there.
4. Macklemore and Ryan Lewis
It’s hard to not like a guy who promises stretch limos, Lunchables, and Caprisuns after the show. Although we were left without such treats, the entire production of Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ team was incredibly well done. It’s a true pleasure to see artists take great pride in their craft and strive for perfection. I was fortunate enough to watch their sound check Thursday night with about 10 other people; a surreal moment to remember.
5. Suprise Appearances
During Nancy and Beth, Parks & Recreation’s Nick Offerman joined the stage for the last song. At the end of the soulful Michael Kiwanuka’s set, Marcus Mumford surprised the audience and the two covered the song, “The Weight” by The Band. Later, Marcus joined Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes for their song , “Child” and they returned the favor by joining Mumford and Sons during their encore where they dominated a cover of “The Chain” by Fleetwood Mac.
6. The Lumineers
A lot of people say you can judge a band’s true talent by how well they translate live. I think it’s safe to say that The Lumineers pass this test with flying colors. The most magical moment was when the band walked around the pit of the main stage and planted themselves on a platform in the middle of the crowd to perform two songs. Many know that this is a tradition for the pop-folk band and it was credible that the band were determined to make it happen at Sasquatch Festival.
7. Matthew Dear
Every music festival I go to, I look forward to seeing an artist for a first time that I may not know much about. Before Matthew Dear’s set, all I knew is that he was extremely well known for producing techno music. Arriving at his set, I expected to watch him DJ, so when a full band appeared I was pleasantly surprised. This electro dance party was easily one of the best sets of the weekend. I can’t wait to see what else comes from this multi-talented artist.
Unfortunately, I missed Disclosure when they came to Portland recently. It was rubbed in my face for a week how amazing they are live. Finally, I had the chance to redeem myself. Out of all four days, the energy was the most hype out of any show I went to. Bravo, Disclosure! You killed it.
9. 107.7 The End session with Alt-J
Thanks to our sister station in Seattle, 107.7 The End, there were multiple artists who performed short sets throughout the weekend. You may be familiar with this concept, considering 94/7 holds sessions quite often at Mississippi Studios in Portland. My favorite of the sessions was Alt-J. The duo graced the audience with an acoustic version of “Breezeblocks”, “Matilda” and “Fitzpleasure”.
All weekend there was incredible representation of Seattle based music; The Postal Service, Macklemore, Brothers From Another, and Odesza was no exception. Sometimes when I see a performance, I get a strong feeling that the artists just have the “it” factor and I know they’re going to be huge. I have an instinct that they are going to groove amongst their fans and out of nowhere blow up. This melodic, electronic duo is gaining momentum in the Pacific Northwest as they’ve been landing spots on multiple music festival lineups. Be on the lookout for your chance to see them; you won’t want to miss it.
Aside from the most magical music moments of the festival, every attendee always has his or her personal, sometimes life changing moments that make going to a festival unique from attending a regular concert. There’s a culture that comes along with any festival that often opens your mind to new types of music, experiences, friendships, and more. Sasquatch Festival is no different, and it just so happens to be at one of the most beautiful venues in the world. As Ben Gibbard said at the end of The Postal Service’s set, “If you continue to behave yourselves, it will stay that way…be good to each other!” Party on, listeners.
Hey everyone! Lara Faye here. I am excited to say that I'm up here at the Gorge for Sasquatch Festival! Overwhelmed with so much talent, I know I'm in for a weekend to remember. Some of the artists I'm most stoked about are; my childhood heroes The Postal Service, the thrifty Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, one of the best things to come out of the UK - The XX, the hilarious Nick Offerman, the enchanting Sigur Rós, Odd Future's Earl Sweatshirt, the legendary band Cake, and the plethora amount of Pac NW talent that's here this weekend. Represent! Keep an eye out for my recap next Tuesday. It's guaranteed to be full of hilarious stories of me crashing artists' campsites and causing ruckus backstage.
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