By Liam Prost
May 29, 2016
GEORGE, WA. — The wind set the tone for Sunday at Sasquatch! A refreshing respite to the hot sun for patrons, but evidently concerning for the production staff, 40-m.p.h. winds halted main stage for the good part of the day, leading to rampant cancellations including Houndmouth, Saint Motel, and Frightened Rabbit (a loss that was particularly saddening). The day got even stranger as smoke began seeping into the grounds from a nearby grass fire. We heard reports that the fire was as close as three miles away, and might have caused an evacuation if the wind was blowing the other way. The festival itself has been mum on both situations, not even explicitly announcing some of the cancellations. This put a damper on the early day, but by the evening, all was forgiven as a slew of truly incredible acts took the stage.
We began out day with Autolux who killed a short dirty rock set as Bigfoot. The Twilight Sad followed, a welcome dose of Scottish goth-rock with some incredible Ian Curtis-inspired dance moves. Their tour-partners Frightened Rabbit never made it to main stage, but we caught a short acoustic set in the Toyota pop up, a nice consolation prize, but we were disappointed about being kept in the dark.
We drowned our sorrows with comedy at Lauren Lapkus’ set at El Chupacabra but found that instead of a comedy set it was an improvised interview, and not a particularly funny one.
Our spirits were revived after the rescheduled Tacocat took the stage four hours late, but played triumphantly, with excellent visual accompaniment to boot.
Yo La Tengo took to Bigfoot stage casually, and drowned us in noise. As a band with a massive genre range, the set was a little flat, but classic tracks like “Big Day Coming” kept us going.
Leon Bridges’ set was cancelled, but instead of taking this lying down, he played acoustically to the amphitheatre from the side of the hill. It was a truly magical festival moment, and the audience was silent and respectful. We heard that it was a little difficult to hear for those further away, but it was an absolute treat for those who managed to squeeze good footing.
Main stage finally got down to business in time for Alabama Shakes, whose magnanimous frontwoman Brittany Howard tore down the house.
Purity Ring was predictably fantastic at Bigfoot. The Alberta connection gave us warm fuzzies and Megan James’ dance moves made us swoon. An incredible performance, an incomparable production, and undeniable hooks.
Probably the biggest act of the festival was The Cure, who played a full two-and-a-half hours’ worth of material, ranging throughout their vast discography. The nostalgia was strong, but those looking for something a little more novel were definitely at home at Bigfoot, where Big Grams, a collaboration between Big Boi and Phantogram took the stage. Rumours were flying about Snoop Dog and Wiz Khalifa’s possible involvement in the set. Sasquatch doesn’t tent to be a festival of surprise sets, and true to form, these rumours turned out to be bunk. It was a thrilling performance either way however, a collision of very different worlds. Those who stuck through the late set were treated to a couple Outkast tracks as well, including “Ms. Jackson.” Day 3 was a strange one, with a fair share of disappointments, but also a few unforgettable moments. Stay tuned for more Sasquatch! coverage and check out Twitter and Instagram for photos and updates as they happen.AB, Alabama Shakes, Alberta, Autolux, Bigfoot, Frightened Rabbit, Houndmouth, Lauren Lapkus, Leon Bridges, Purity Ring, Saint Motel, Sasquatch 2016, Tacocat, The Cure, The Twilight Sad, Yo La Tengo