After flying from LA to Seattle on Thursday afternoon, Bobby & I got a rental car, loaded up on camping supplies at Walmart (some of which we managed to return before flying out on Tuesday) & made the 2 1/2 drive from Seattle to The Gorge. We then proceeded to camp for 5 nights & 4 days with some of the coolest, most laid back & most fun Canadians EVER!
There were seriously barely any Americans at Sasquatch. 9 out of 10 people I met were from Canada &, although it's a stereotype, Canadians are all SO f*ckin nice! Most of them were even too nice to give me shit about my Sharks losing to their Canucks in the last round of the Stanley Cup playoffs which I appreciated. And I've already booked my flights to/from Vancouver so I can visit my Canadian Sasquatch crew in September! I REALLY miss them :'-(
I hate to compare festivals but, as much as I LOVE Coachella, I like Sasquatch a little bit more. Despite all the "bells & whistles" Coachella has (i.e. light art installations, fire art, lasers, fancy vegan food, celebrities, pool parties, etc), there are 2 things Sasquatch has that Coachella simply cannot beat: the view & the Canadians.
I didn't shower for 6 full days which is a disgusting all-time record that I hope to never surpass but it really didn't bother me because I managed to wash my hair with bottled water 2x, shave my legs with a cup of water 1x & take several hobo baths in my tent to help keep me from feeling TOO dirty. Every time I used the Honey Buckets (aka port-o-potties), I'd wash my hands & face with the soap & pump-able water provided &, surprisingly, there was pretty much always water to pump & ALWAYS toilet paper in the Honey Buckets! And, luckily, I never really encountered a port-o-potty that was SUPER nasty because they were cleaned regularly throughout the day. I used to be scared of camping at festivals but, after camping at Phish Fest 8, Sasquatch 2010, Coachella 2011 & Sasquatch 2011, I now feel like a vet & I highly recommend giving it a try.
Oh! And one more amazing thing about Sasquatch 2011 was...THE MUSIC!!! Highlights of the weekend included Beach House, Wilco, The Flaming Lips, MSTRKRFT, Wolf Parade, !!!, Deerhunter, Black Mountain, Other Lives (where we stood 10 feet behind Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips while he took photos of his fellow Oklahoma natives...see photo inserted below my Other Lives video!), Cold War Kids, Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, Foo Fighters, Rodrigo Y Gabriela (who mesmerized the crowd with their flying fingers even in the pouring rain), Fitz & The Tantrums, The Decemberists, Modest Mouse & Bassnectar.
Fitz & The Tantrums
|WAYNE COYNE <3s Other Lives!!!|
Cold War Kids
The Flaming Lips -> Wayne in his ball
The Flaming Lips love confetti!
The Flaming Lips
MSTRKRFT - Part 1
MSTRKRFT - Part 2
Rodrigo Y Gabriela