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Sasquatch! Music Festival cancels second weekend; 80/35 ramifications?

Published on March 21st, 2014 | by Joe Lawler

This year the Washington music festival Sasquatch! expanded to two weekends, one over memorial day, the other Fourth of July weekend. The latter meant put the festival in direct competition with Des Moines’ 80/35 Music Festival, and the distance meant that many acts would be taken out of the running to play 80/35.

But on Friday afternoon organizers announced they were canceling the second weekend, posting on the festival website:

“The Sasquatch! community has spoken. They continue to support the traditional Memorial Day Weekend event with great enthusiasm. Unfortunately, the second weekend was not embraced. We felt it was better to cancel the new event now and give everyone time to make alternative plans for the Fourth of July weekend. Going forward, Sasquatch! Music Festival will be at the Gorge Amphitheatre on the weekend the fans want: Memorial Day Weekend only,” said Jeff Trisler, President of Live Nation Seattle.

Many acts will potentially be back in play and looking to fill those open dates. If a band was touring on the west coast, it’s unlikely they would jump out to Iowa for a show, but at least the following acts aren’t entirely off the table anymore:

Soundgarden, Kraftwerk, New Order, Neutral Milk Hotel, Spoon, Broken Bells, Tegan & Sara, Local Natives, Gogol Bordello, Atmosphere, Kurt Vile, Dr. Dog, Talib Kweli, The Cave Singers, and everyone else on this page.

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Joe Lawler covers music and more for Juice Magazine. E-mail him at or follow his updates on Twitter @JoeLawler

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