In an article from KEXP, a Seattle radio station, it was revealed that Adam Zacks, the founder and spirit animal behind Sasquatch! Music Festival, will no longer be involved with the festival going forward and that the festival will not be returning in 2019.
In a statement, Zack advised:
“Today we take a bow and bid a fond farewell to Sasquatch! I will no longer be producing the Festival, nor will it take place in 2019.
The Festival began 17 years ago on a hunch, greenlit on nothing more than a name and instinct there was space for something with a uniquely Northwest flavor, on Memorial Day weekend, at one of the most beautiful locations on Earth – The Gorge.
17 years is a long time to do anything. 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.
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.
May the spirit that made Sasquatch! so special live on.”
– Adam Zacks
It is a shame to see another festival in Seattle/Vancouver disappear.
For many, the yearly ritual of planning and packing for a trip out to the mighty Gorge, in Washington state, was a yearly tradition. The festival has been around since 2002 and been a highlight of the Pacific Northwest’s music portfolio.
It was never a huge, bulky festival in the same vein as the Coachella’s or Bonnaroo’s. It was a more boutique event, with lineups that reflected the eclectic tastes of its curator, the one and only Mr. Zacks.
Over the years, we have covered the festival many times, but those may be the final logs in our history books as the lights on this gala may never reignite.
The future is uncertain.
Will a new curator take the reigns of the event? I guess we just wait and see.