Sasquatch announced their lineup late the other night. Something like 10:45 local time, which would’ve placed it after midnight on the east coast. I can’t even remember what day. This week’s pretty much a blur, what with work being completely over-the-top crazy, an eleven-week old at home, plus some family medical stuff that’s going on.
That’s not the point. The point is this.
Well, actually, I have many points. I’ve never been to Sasquatch. This lineup isn’t going to get me to go this year. Don’t get me wrong, there’s definitely some bands I’d love to see, but not enough of a draw at the top end to make me drive all that way. Though it’s probably closer than Boise, where I drove to for just one band last summer – Wilco.
Regardless, Mumford And Sons will come to Edmonton soon enough. The Postal Service and Sigur Ros – I’ve never been huge fans. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, meh. Vampire Weekend I’d like to see. The XX I’m seeing later this spring here in Edmonton (just days before Sasquatch, on May 22). The Lumineers – well hell yeh I’d love to see them. Certainly none of those bands are on any bucket list of mine at this point, though.
But what did catch my attention, as so often it does, are bands further down the list. Grimes, Tame Impala, Father John Misty, Japandroids, Ariel Pink, Holy Ghost!, Toro Y Moi, Shout Out Louds, Surfer Blood, DIIV, Youngblood Hawke, Chvrches of course, and Suuns (one of those bands you can NEVER see enough times). That’s a pretty amazing collection of talent in one place for one weekend. I’ll admit that.
So yeh, given unlimited funding and time off, I’d do the trip and hang out and see some awesome music. But I don’t have either of those, and so I’ll sit home and be jealous of friends that will be there, tweeting about who they’re seeing, but knowing that I made the best decision for me at the time. Sigh.