#TBT: Sasquatch! 2012

posted by Laura Baker-Finch on May 23, 2013

Photo: Explosions in the Sky at Sasquatch! 2012 by Laura Baker-Finch

George, Washington -- We've been preparing you all week for your trip to The Gorge for Sasquatch! - from our festival guide to planning your drive from Seattle, laying down our top picks, and providing your pre-game playlist.

Yet, despite all this preparation, I still couldn't help take a moment to look back at my journey to Sasquatch! last year - in photos and in words.

Not only did 2012 mark my first Sasquatch! experience, it marked my first venture into Washington State and to a North Western festival - and my experience couldn't have been better. From the moment I descended the hill overlooking the festival's main stage to see Of Monsters and Men play with the scenic Columbia River Gorge behind them, I knew it would be a good weekend. The views were matched by a sensational lineup, community feel in the campgrounds, and new friends made.

On the first day of the fest, after our drive from Seattle, tent set-up, and Of Monsters and Men, I danced at Santigold and STRFKR, let Explosions in the Sky blow me away, and then resumed my dance party for Beats Antique and Pretty lights.

More artists were squeezed into my schedule on day 2 of Sasquatch, which began with the Alabama Shakes early in the afternoon and ended after I stood at the barrier for 3 sets prior to Jack White's headling slot. With tired feet and happy ears, I made the journey passed The Roots back to my sleeping bag.

Little Dragon, Bon Iver, and James Murphy were my highlights from Sasquatch day 3, although The Walkmen and Feed Me (With Teeth!) held their own as well.

As dirty campers and determined festivalgoers slowly made their way into the festival gates for the final day of Sasquatch, I remember feeling depressed, albeit tired. Despite wanting a shower and clean sheets, I wasn't ready to depart from The Gorge. But I put the feelings of the festival's impending end aside to enjoy final day sets from Gary Clark Jr., Clap Your Hands Say Yeah!, Feist, Spiritualized, and Beck.

If you're lucky enough to be heading to Sasquatch this year, make sure to watch our Video Spotlight of Sasquatch artist Surfer Blood and come back to Cultivora next week for Kelsey Stoulil's festival coverage.

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See Also:

The Road to Sasquatch: Where to Shop, Eat, and Take in the View
Music Monday Playlist: Sasquatch! 2013
Video Spotlight: Surfer Blood