Sasquatch Music Festival is bigger than I expected. I spent the last two days crammed into an 8-foot by 8-foot camping spot with five other people, and my sight was limited to the tents next door flapping in the wind and the people walking by.
But while walking the mile to the music festival's front gates on Friday, May 25, I saw the neverending stream of people. When I made it to the Main Stage, the number expanded to thousands perched on the grassy amphitheater looking over the Columbia River. Of Monsters and Men sent a trance over the crowd, which swayed in unison as the sun started to set.
I've been to my fair share of concerts, but a festival has a laid-back atmosphere that's contagious. People mill about from stage to stage, looking for the right music for their mood. Over at the Big Foot Stage, Policia sang to a considerably smaller group. Her beats popped and her head bobbed as she moved across the stage. Small clusters created dance circles and arms raised with the volume of the sound.
Sasquatch's smaller stages give you the change to be a part of the set, unlike the massive Main Stage. Explosions in the Sky continued to captivate Big Foot Stage. The band's introduction was short to allow the music to take over. Glow sticks flew through the air as the lights from the stage pulsed with the bass.
At 11 p.m., everyone streamed back to the Main Stage. In the dark, the moon reflected off the river as Pretty Lights took center stage. Comprised of a single man, Pretty Lights enveloped the stage in a light show. From the top of The Gorge, the front row pit was lit up by glow sticks. I didn't make it through the entire set; eight hours away from my tent seemed like enough.
Former Boise Weekly intern Lizzy Duffy will be blogging from The Gorge throughout the Sasquatch Music Festival. Check back on Cobweb for more updates, or follow her at @LizzyDuffy