Eclectic Sasquatch! Lineup Sparks Excitement

Each Memorial Day weekend, the Gorge Ampitheater in Washington state becomes the destination for a pilgrimage made by festival-goers, and music enthusiasts alike for the annual Sasquatch! music festival.

In previous years, the concert has attracted just as many talented musicians as fans, featuring some of the biggest names in music with others trying to establish themselves. This year’s lineup is no break from the ordinary, and has ticketholders wishing that late May would come sooner.

Headliners for the 2015 edition include Kendrick Lamar, Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters,  and Lana Del Rey. Fans of rap music have been waiting for Lamar to release his much-anticipated second album, and in a perfect world it would release sometime in the spring, before the festival. Lamar performs on the last day, as do fellow Top Dawg Entertainment label members Schoolboy Q and Ab-Soul. The trio have recorded and performed dozens of songs together through their solo efforts as well as with the Black Hippy group, so rap fans are excited for what Monday might bring.

Senior Jack Cole plans to go to the festival, and looks forward to that final day.

“I’ve seen Kendrick in concert before, but it’ll be awesome to see him at a big event like this,” said Cole. “And I’ve wanted to see Schoolboy live for a long time, so I’m definitely excited for that.”

The opportunity to see a bonafide classic rocker in Robert Plant perform is an absolute treat for people of the younger generation. Plant spent the 1970s recording some of rock’s anthems with Led Zeppelin, and the 66-year-old British rocker has partnered with members of another one of his more recent groups, Strange Sensation – who released two platinum albums of their own –  to develop the Space Shifters. They play a collection of original Zeppelin classics and Strange Sensation songs, all with Plant at the helm. Plant has proven that age is just a number and is performing as well as ever heading into the festival.

Lana Del Rey will appear at the festival as a stop on her North American tour after releasing her album “Ultraviolence” a year prior to the festival. She’s gained a large following over that time period and is performing as the headliner on the opening Friday night. Del Rey’s live performances have drawn mixed reviews, but she’s been widely appreciated for her talent as an artist.

Over the weekend, some of the leading names in electronic music will take the stage. Names like Flume, Odesza, and Cashmere Cat are just some of the myriad artists that saturate the lineup with music meant to make people dance.

Adding to the diverse mix are artists like Future Islands out of North Carolina and Dilated Peoples, after their first new release in years.

The incredibly vast sampling of genres and musical talent is nothing out of the ordinary for Sasquatch! and 2015 has those going excited to explore and hear all of the different talent.

“I usually listen to a lot of rap, but I’m interested in expanding my knowledge of different kinds of music. It’s going to be a cool experience,” said Cole.