Sasquatch 2016 Rumors:

Sasquatch! 2016 Lineup:

Florence And The Machine, The Cure, Disclosure, Major Lazer, Alabama Shakes, A$AP Rocky, Sufjan Stevens, M83, Grimes, Chet Faker, Leon Bridges, Jamie xx, Purity Ring, Tycho, Allen Stone, Mac DeMarco, Lord Huron, Kurt Vile, Big Grams, Nathaniel Rateliff And the Night Sweats, Rudimental, Caribou, X Ambassadors, Four Tet, Digable Planets, The Internet, Yo La Tengo, Yeasayer, Andra Day, B├śRNS, Oh Wonder, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, M. Ward, Todd Terje, Ty Segall & The Muggers, Savages, Frightened Rabbit, Alina Baraz, Blind Pilot, Wolf Alice, Vince Staples, Marian Hill, Baauer, Saint Motel, Houndmouth, Baroness, Casey Veggies, Vic Mensa, Ibeyi, Matt Corby, Oddisee, Noah Gundersen, Wet, Chelsea Wolfe, Raury, Shamir, Julia Holter, Titus Andronicus, Telekinesis, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, Beat Connection, Lany, Protomartyr, The Twilight Sad, Speedy Ortiz, Son Little, Shannon and the Clams, Tamaryn, Soak, La Luz, Kaleo, Kevin Garret, Bully, Autolux, Tacocat, Deep Sea Diver, Joseph, Hop Along, Baio, Marcus Marr, Hibou, Brothers From Another, John Mark Nelson, Briana Marela, Summer Cannibals, Bayonne, Isha Dhaaf, Sir the Baptist, Conner Youngblood, Oscar, Grace Love and the True Loves, Thunderpussy, Wimps, Mindie Lind, The Dip, Tangerine, Fauna Shade, Ruler, Dave B, Natasha Leggero, The Lucas Bros, Todd Barry, Moshe Kasher, Scharpling & Wurster, Lauren Lapkus, Dave Hill, Mark Normand

Monday, January 3, 2011

New Year's Hype Machine, Sasquatch 2011

Happy New Year everyone. The last couple weeks have been pretty slow for music news in general, but that is common this time of year. Most of the music industry shuts down during the Holidays.

Last year at this time, we had two confirmations, and three rumors, so we're way ahead this year. With only one month before the lineup is announced (yes, it's only a month away), the rumors should be hot and heavy the next couple weeks. The first full work week in January is when Sasquatch season usually starts. We have a month to speculate about the impending lineup, a month to talk about the released lineup, a month to talk about adds/cancellations, a month to speculate on schedule conflicts, then a month to plan our trip.

Let's take a look at the stronger possibilities:


Foo Fighters: They are rather fantastic live, so skip them if you must. Chances are, any act playing opposite the Foos can been seen locally for under $15, while the Foos will cost a small fortune. I've already seen them a couple times, but I won't miss them at Sasquatch.

Wolf Parade: In a recent online interview, guitarist Dan Boeckner confirmed the band will be playing Sasquatch. A lot can happen between now and the festival, deals fall through, people get sick, bands cancel, but barring issues, Wolf Parade will be there. Read my review of their recent Portland show here.


Arcade Fire: Sasquatch appeals to Canadians more than any other U.S. Festival. Arcade Fire (who is Canadian if you are new to the band) played Sasquatch as rookies in 2005, and as sub headliners in 2007, so a headliner appearance is overdue. They are playing European Festivals this summer, and heavily rumored to play Coachella, so their musical pulse will be active during Memorial Day. Plus, many of us have attended shows at the Gorge before, and we know it is the best venue in the nation. By the same token, returning acts probably think playing at the Gorge is special.

As for the rumor floating around the Internet that Portishead will be opening for Arcade Fire at festivals this summer, I wouldn't get your hopes up for Sasquatch. Portishead recently made a statement they will not be in the U.S. until this fall, so that hurts their Sasquatch chances immensely.

Best Coast: The name Best Coast refers to the West Coast being the superior of the two, right? Settle down East Coast folks, I didn't name the band. Because of this rumor, I'm predicting other West Coast bands will be on the lineup.

Chromeo: They played a DJ set in 2009, which was a bit of a headscratcher. They later said they hoped they would be back playing their regular show. They were not on the lineup last year, and are still touring in support of their latest album, Business Casual.

Cold War Kids: New album expected near the end of January, and a supporting tour has been announced. Look for them to be making the festival rounds this year, with a return trip to Sasquatch (they were last there in 2008). They opened for Death Cab For Cutie near the end of the previous decade, so this might be hint? Also, One of Janelle Monae's best songs is called, "Cold War," so maybe she'll be there too?

Last year, the Sasquatch crowd exploded more during MGMT's song "Kids," than any single song I've witnessed at Sasquatch. There were even people jumping up and down in Dancing Man's Corner. From that point on, I've been convinced either the Cold War Kids or Kid 'n Play will be at Sasquatch 2011.

Cut Copy: Flying from Australia to Europe/The U.S. and back is not like jumping over a puddle. If they are going to play some shows in the United States, they might as well stick around for a couple months. They are playing the Ultra festival in Miami in late March. If they end up on Coachella's lineup (which could be announced as early as next week), that would increase the likelihood they might stick around to play Saqsquatch. They will be supporting a new album (out in February), so a spring tour with festival dates is already likely.

Foster The People: I have no idea who this is. From the day this rumor surfaced on the Coachella board, I thought it was made up to generate free hype for a friend's band. But hey, I don't know much about the music scene in L.A., and there are bands on the lineup every year that I've never heard of. We can call them this year's Shadow Shadow Shade.

Matt & Kim: Confirmed through twitter. I'm not sure exactly who that Twitter belongs to, but it's still up, and I don't hear anyone denying it. Since 2008, the festival has been at least three days, and has resulted in a peculiar trend; two different persons connected with a variation of the word "and" in their band name appear on the lineup.

2010: She & Him, Tegan and Sara
2009: Arthur & Yu, Dutchess & the Duke
2008: Tegan and Sara, Rodrigo Y Gabriela

Who might be the second? Iron & Wine and Toro Y Moi are each one guy. There is no "and" between Daft and Punk, so that's not going to happen. Guesses?

Twin Shadow: This is straight up 80s music. While M83 also had an 80s sound, they combined it with a modern electronic sound, but I don't hear anything modern in Twin Shadow. I hear Depeche Mode, and although I came up with that comparison on my own, googling "Twin Shadow sounds like Depeche Mode," yields about sixteen million results. That's why his album Forget narrowly missed my top 50 albums of 2010 on the Cog. He is playing Primavera the same weekend, so if he does make the Sasquatch lineup, hopefully there are no signs of fatigue/jet lag.

Wavves: Last year, I jokingly predicted Wavves would be on the lineup because Vetiver was confirmed, and they led the league in Vs. Maybe I have psychic abilities in predicting bands who will be on the lineup the following year? Don't expect Velvet Underground, but what about Viva Voce? They even have 50% more Vs.

If you have any tips, thoughts, likes, dislikes, corrections, or you just want to point out how terrible you think my sense of humor is, include any insight in the comments section below.


d said...

my suspicions:

crystal castles: touring the states in march and april.

mogwai: "hardcore will never die but you will" drops february 14. their finishing their tour in the u.s., with the last date announced being may 20th.

girl talk: on tour now and already confirmed at a few other music festivals. playing in illinois at summer camp music fest on may 27th but no later dates announced.

cake: cake has been flip flopping back and forth between east and west coast on their tour the past couple months. looks like their wrapping up an east coast tour mid-may. perhaps they'll flop back over to the west coast for some sasquatch action?

godspeed you! black emperor: current tour wraps up in the states at the end of march (with the exception of a few random shows in ontario in april), about the start of festival season. doesn't seem like they've announced any festivals but i don't see why they wouldn't be making appearances.

ke$ha: since sasquatch missed lady gaga last year?

interpol: i can't remember if you said this one or not yet cause i can't read the original post on the comments page but i've got a solid feeling on this one.

sallie ford & the sound outside: here's your other & band.

others: say hi, miniature tigers, young the giant, telekinesis, tapes n tapes, lykke li

basically i expect any good band that has released an album recently or is planning on releasing one in the next sixth months to be there cause, c'mon. four days and ten year anniversary? what else would they fill all of that time with. i expect great things this year.

i would love to see some portland bands make their way up there that deserve some sasquatch love (starfucker, wampire, deelay ceelay)

kelly said...

i vote edward sharpe & the magnetic zeroes again this year for the "&" band.

Jj said...

Can we bring mum ford and sons back? That'd be awesome. Young the giant! , the limousines? Gaslight anthem... The black keys! Graffiti6. Broken bells. Girl talk. Matt & Kim. Just some bands I would love to see up there.

davers said...

Awesome that you mention daft punk. My friends and I have had a running joke that they will be there. I figure if we talk about it enough, it might happen....


Major Lazer (saw them at Osheaga in Montreal, one of the most fun shows I've ever been to)

Flaming Lips (They should be at every music festival ever)

Weezer (saw them last year at Osheaga and I wasnt that excited for the show, but they were amazing)

Black Keys, Cake, Metric, Arctic Monkeys, Interpol, The strokes... Thats all I can think of right now

Julie Clarke said...

Looks like Twin Shadow and Das Racist are at Primavera.

topspin said...

That shit about MGMT's crowd locking in cold war kids was funny. My friends and I still talk about how we've never seen/ will never see again, a sea of people jump like that.

thelively1 said...

i don't want to party with my grandparents, so leave peal jam behind.

Rouge Wave would be a fantastic addition.

Miike snow was amazing last year, so bring him back for a repeat performance.

Pretty Lights, Daft Punk, Dead Mau5, Dj tiesto Wolfgang Gartner, Justice, should all receive invites for the rave tent.

Fever Ray would give make me hard. Likewise for Passion Pit.

know ID yuh said...

Julie, Primavera's lineup does not exclude bands from being at Sasquatch. I counted 7 bands on each lineup last year.

If anything, knowing an act is physically creating live music the weekend of the festival makes them more likely than an act who might be drinking Mai Tais on a beach in Costa Rica.

Schuyler said...

Sasquatch fest usually picks up local bands that have been hyped a lot in the year prior. for example: mt st helens vietnam band, shabazz palaces, past lives, etc..

I would expect to see some of these local bands at this years fest: head & the heart, macklemore, fences, yuni in taxco, the young evils, mad rad, beat connection, seapony, etc...

Jeremy said...

Starfucker will prolly be there.

Anonymous said...

Another suggestion for the "and" bands would definitely have to be City and Colour. Would love to see him and his band have to cancel because of pneumonia.

dancetent said...

@thelively1 I completely agree with you... great taste in music by the way....Deadmau5, Justice, Pretty Lights, Fever Ray...ect. yes! and @davers We've been joking about Daft Punk too! It almost seems too ridiculous to talk about, but I fantasize about them being at Sasquatch. Can you imagine!? Well... it does seem ridiculous now that I type it out.

Anonymous said...

Foster the people is getting lots of air time on sirius xm's alt nation. They were on their top 18 countdown for a while so they have a pretty good fan base. I hope they play cause I would love to see them!
If you have never heard of Foster the People look up their song Pumped Up Kicks I think you'll enjoy it!

Professor Proton said...

Kanye West? He's already doing Coachella.

Black Keys - yes please, especially since their PDX shows keep selling out in a blink

GYBE would be great, but would surprise me. don't seem like the festival type

Deerhunter - fairly recent album, amazing live show

Radio Dept? fingers crossed

Seeing Crystal Castles in March, but here would be good too.

Already seeing Bright Eyes too, but can never get enough.

Doubt that Little Dragon will still be in the US by then, but maybe

John Slackjaw said...

Sleigh Bells + Neon Indian looking pretty likely based on those dates.

Anonymous said...

Looks like Sleigh Bells and Neon Indian are lining up a visit with a PNW gap in their schedule on the 27th, 28th, and 29th.

Anonymous said...

^^(sorry for the 2x...hadn't refreshed my browser)

Klay said...

Not sure if this is where i should post this or if there is any actual truth to this. But a reliable friend is doing the guitar tech work for Empire of the Sun's summer tour, and his itinerary includes a stop @ sasquatch. Not 100% sure of the accuracy of this, but i this should be enough to add them to the rumored list eh?

know ID yuh said...

Thanks for the heads up Klay. I agree, I wouldn't be surprised to see Empire of the Sun on the lineup. However, if I added every internet stranger's "I know someone who knows someone in the band who says they are playing," comment to the rumors, it would be a couple hundred strong by now, and would include Elliott Smith and Nick Drake.

Again, thanks for the info. They will probably be on my lineup guess.

Anonymous said...

To the asshole who said they should leave Pearl Jam off: you can go fuck yourself you little prick.

Anonymous said...

According to each of their respective websites, both Death From Above 1979 ( and Tokyo Police club ( will be playing in addition this year!