Sasquatch the music festival, scarcely as elusive as its namesake, has unveiled its lineup, and topping the bill at the annual alt-music event are folk-rock stars Mumford & Sons, the Postal Service (reunited) and rap act Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.
There are 108 artists and nine comedians scheduled to appear at the festival, from May 24 to 27 at the Gorge Amphitheatre in Quincy, Wash. But as fans are busy flipping through the Sasquatch lineup, we’d like to point out some performers that the geek crowd in particular can appreciate.
Here are some intricately produced videos created by some Sasquatch performers that touch on sci-fi, horror and animation.
Twin Shadow, which is on the bill, created the video for “Five Seconds.” It is inspired by frontman George Lewis Jr.’s own foray into science fiction, a novel titled “The Night of the Silver Sun.”
“It’s about a motorcycle gang in the future,” Lewis told Pitchfork. “The video is the prologue to the story, and it’s about friendship, in a way; two black motorcyclists who are fighting the good fight.”
Alt-J’s disturbing video for “Breezeblocks” chronicles a reverse-chronological horror story:
Sigur Ros has some animated work in its background , and Atlanta-based rapper Killer Mike accompanied his political manifesto “Reagan” with a stark animated short. (Be warned: The videos have their share of nudity, violence and profanity.)
Beyond the artists mentioned above, Sasquatch will feature the Vampire Weekend, the XX , Built to Spill, Tame Impala, Death Grips and many others.
Tickets for Sasquatch are to be available starting Feb. 9 at 10 a.m. PST.
– Morgan Little