Live Nation has recently announced that they will be attempting to fill the void left behind by the now-defunct Sasquatch Festival at one of the most beautiful natural venues in the country and arguably the world. Washington state’s Gorge Amphitheatre that seats 27,500 and overlooks the Columbia River has brought an immense amount of bliss over the past 17 years through the recently shuttered festival event and many were in a state of great dismay after festival founder Adam Zacks announced that Sasquatch would cease to operate after the 2018 edition. The festival’s website is now a just a homepage with a simple and humble message of “Thank You.”
As for Live Nation’s new venture, the events giant vaguely confirmed, “Details will follow in the weeks to come, but put it in your calendars: May 24-25-26, 2019 will see a new generation of contemporary artists carry on the tradition at this iconic Northwest institution.”
Live Nation has a staggering grasp on the festival market with a 26% hold on events with a capacity over 5,000 people. Despite independent music festival’s urging investigations into Live Nation’s dominance of the festival scene and music industry, it’s difficult to turn one’s nose up at their events. In the US alone, Live Nation puts on major high profile events such as Austin City Limits, Camp Bisco, Bonnaroo, EDC (Las Vegas and Orlando), Electric Forest, Forecastle, Governors Ball, Lollapalooza, and before it’s closure Sasquatch, among many others.
As for its new venture, Live Nation described the enigmatic new event as, “A tradition embraced by music fans for decades happily moves forward to welcome new audiences and artists to this magical venue where moments and memories will continue to be created and shared for years to come.” Though only a little information is out one can already assume Live Nation’s new event at the Gorge will hold up or perhaps even bolster Sasquatch’s legendary legacy, though despite whatever improvements may be underway, the view certainly couldn’t get any better.