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Go Sasquatch! It’s your birthday!

Sasquatch festival celebrates 10 years of music and mayhem

Over Memorial Day weekend, the Gorge Amphitheatre opened its gates to tens of thousands of music fans for the tenth annual Sasquatch! Music Festival. As the sun shined above and the odd rain cloud passed quickly overhead, many of the Northwest’s best loved bands took the stage and provided an emotionally and physically moving soundtrack, ushering throngs of spirited revelers through the first unofficial weekend of summer.

1  The Gorge is the most beautiful concert venue in America. Here’s to another decade of Sasquatch!  

2  Saturday evening on the Bigfoot stage, Matt and Kim recharged the crowd’s waning batteries. 

3  Bassnectar’s dance-friendly show at the Bigfoot stage kept the party going during and long after the Mainstage headliner sets, attracting revelers who wanted to move their bodies instead of, say, listening to Ben Gibbard sing about moving to LA.

4  No amount of drunk, neon-clad wannabe Indian chiefs could distract Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears. 

5  Best show of the weekend came from the Flaming Lips, who played the entirety of their 1999 album The Soft Bulletin at the Mainstage on Sunday night, assisted by confetti, balloons, dancing Dorothies in short skirts, and a very smiley Wayne Coyne.

Photography by Nate Watters