One of the Northwest’s most prominent festivals has announced it will not return in 2019.
According to a statement by founder Adam Zacks, The Sasquatch! Festival is calling it quits. Since 2002, the event has been hailed as an early-summer destination, giving music fans diverse lineups and breathtaking views at The Gorge Amphitheatre over Memorial Day weekend.
“17 years is a long time to do anything,” Zacks wrote. “The Beatles lasted a mere 8 years, a fact so astonishing it is difficult to believe. While we didn’t accomplish anything as indelible as ‘Hey Jude,’ the Festival left a lasting mark and proudly represented an independent spirit.”
The final Sasquatch! took place this past May with headliners Bon Iver, The National, Modest Mouse and David Byrne.
As Zacks said, “Sasquatch! will forever remain a tapestry of the people who worked with us, the artists who inspired us, and the varied experiences of the fans who attended it … of friendships made, engagements, hilltop weddings, permanent tattoos, once in a lifetime collaborations, weather events both treacherous and magnificent, at least one very public conception, and, of course, hundreds of awe inspiring performances. My humblest gratitude to all of you.”