By most reports, Sasquatch! 2009 sounded like a big success. 80,000 people, 3 days, and only 10 arrests. Here are some blurbs and links to the reviews.
Whitney Pastorek from Entertainment Weekly provides a nice overview:
IÂ learnedÂ while on vacation last yearÂ that Sasquatch (exclamation point!) was the best undiscovered music festival in the country, and I’m happy to report that’s still true.Â The three-day fest, held Memorial Day weekend at The Gorge — a breathtakingly beautiful venue hanging over the Columbia River in central Washington State — boasts small crowds, terrific programming, and a laid-back vibe juiced by thousands of camping hippies living in communal bliss out in the parking lot. [Read the rest of the review]
Andrew Matson, the Seattle Times music reporter, blogged live from the scene. 27 posts over three days with lots of personal photos and four second videos.
(Deerhoof) Singer/bassist Satomi Matsuzaki wore a furry tiger mask, took it off, did robotic calisthenics, walked around in circles, and sometimes just stood still and played straight. The band’s set was a stop-start joy.Â [Read the rest of the review]
Here’s a dissenting opinion from Ben Watanabe at The Spectator at Seattle University who thought the show “was less then legendary”.
At the risk of being clichÃ© it needs to be said that a $9 tall-boy of Coors Light is heinous.
And staff favorite, Meghann M. Cuniff from The Spokesman-Review, listed all the various crimes committed over the weekend including a family fight, indecent exposure, and one mysterious “unknown”.
The sheriffâ€™s office released crime statistics this morning that show 88 criminal contacts and complaints over the three-day period, ranging from abandoned vehicles to assault and trespassing. Five people were arrested for felonies, four for misdemeanors and one on an arrest warrant. The rest were issued citations.Â [Read the rest of the review]