Festival season kicked off in a big way last night at the Sasquatch! launch party—starting with the announcement that the Postal Service will, in fact, co-headline the Memorial Day weekend music festival. (See, we had nothing to worry about.) Also atop the bill: Seattle's now internationally famous hip-hop duo Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, folk-rockers Mumford and Sons, and Icelandic band Sigur Ros. The opening acts aren't anything to scoff at either: Vampire Weekend (now with a new album), Arctic Monkeys, the xx, the Lumineers, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Cake, and Imagine Dragons are all scheduled to play the Gorge.
Local hip-hop represents again this year with OC Notes, Kingdom Crumbs, and Brothers From Another, aka the guys in the Molly Moon's music video; rocker Reignwolf will also make an appearance. As for the comedy lineup, we're happy to see Mike Birbiglia and Parks and Recreation's Nick Offerman making the trek out. Four-day tickets ($338) go on sale to the general public this Saturday, February 9, at 10am at sasquatchfestival.com. And they will sell out. Fast.
But the killer lineup wasn't the only buzzworthy thing to come out of last night's event at the Neptune. Macklemore and Ryan Lewis made their triumphant return home (post Letterman appearance and world tour) with a surprise appearance to perform "Thrift Shop," "Same Love," and "Can't Hold Us." Additionally, Cody ChesnuTT got the crowd fired up with some call-and-response soul and Built to Spill showed why the band is indie rock royalty with a shredding set that included covers of "Don't Fear the Reaper" and "How Soon Is Now?"
The 2013 Sasquatch music lineup (subject to change):
The Postal Service / Mumford & Sons / Macklemore and Ryan Lewis / Sigur Rós / Vampire Weekend / The xx / The Lumineers / Arctic Monkeys / Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros / Cake / Primus 3D / Empire of the Sun / Imagine Dragons / Bloc Party / Andrew Bird / Grimes / Built to Spill / Dirty Projectors / Tame Impala / Surfer Blood / Akron/Family / Father John Misty / Sea Wolf / Jherek Bischoff / The Tallest Man on Earth / Black Rebel Motorcycle Club /Suuns / DIIV / Dropkick Murphys / Alt-J / Steve Aoki / Telekinesis / Japandroids / El-P / P.O.S. / Death Grips / Twin Shadow /Youth Lagoon / Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti / Divine Fits / Wild Belle / Deep Sea Diver / Wake Owl / Disclosure / Toro y Moi / Odesza / Kingdom Crumbs / Theoretics / Nissim / Nancy and Beth / Baauer / Lusine / Beachwood Sparks / Menomena / The Barr Brothers / Brown Bird / Luke Sital-Singh / The Presets / Azari and III / Brothers From Another / Bombino / ZZ Ward / Four Color Zack / Nacho Picasso / Schoolboy Q and Ab-Soul / Let's Talk / OC Notes: "Golden Gods" / Danny Brown / Hundred Waters / Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs / Reignwolf / Holy Ghost! / JJ Grey and Mofro / Knowmads / Laidback Luke / Preservation Hall Jazz Band / Rose Windows / RA Scion / Sean Nelson / Red Fang / Peace / Devendra Banhart / Willy Moon / Younglood Hawke / Ryan Bingham / Azealia Banks / Indians / Atlas Genius / Matthew Dear / Yppah / CHVRCHES / Robert DeLong / Earl Sweatshirt / Killer Mike / Shovels and Rope / Radical Face / Shad / Michael Kiwanuka / Torche / Solange / Suuns / Caveman / Baths / Fang Island / Capital Cities / Elliott Brood / Shout Out Louds / Porcelain Raft Comedy Nick Offerman / Mike Birbiglia / Joe Mande / Kyle Kinane / Brett Gelman / Jenny Slate / James Adomian / Brody Stevens / Jon Daly