The second weekend of Sasquatch! Music Festival has been canceled due to poor ticket sales. Memorial Day weekend festivities will continue as planned; passes are still available. “The Sasquatch! community has spoken," said Jeff Trisler, President of Live Nation Seattle, in an official statement. "They continue to support the traditional Memorial Day Weekend event with great enthusiasm. Unfortunately, the second weekend was not embraced. We felt it was better to cancel the new event now and give everyone time to make alternative plans for the Fourth of July weekend. Going forward, Sasquatch! Music Festival will be at the Gorge Amphitheatre on the weekend the fans want: Memorial Day Weekend only.”
More from the press release regarding refunds: "Ticketmaster will refund the credit cards used to purchase passes for the Fourth of July Weekend. For those who purchased tickets to both weekends, half of the total purchase price (which was applied to the Fourth of July Weekend) will be refunded. The discount on the Memorial Day Weekend purchase will remain in effect." For info about refunds, call Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000.
Expect some of the artists slated to play at the Gorge on the Fourth of July weekend to relocate to other Seattle-area venues around that time. Biggest news in that vein is electronic-music pioneers Kraftwerk moving to the Paramount July 1. Tickets go on sale Fri. April 4 at 10 am. If you bought tix for Sasquatch! Weekend II, you will receive an email with details about Kraftwerk pre-sale opportunities.
The two times I've seen Kraftwerk play live (at Paramount in 2004 and at Coachella in 2008), the four members barely moved a muscle—and they were among the greatest shows I've ever seen. Their current set is reportedly a synched-up, 3D audio-visual dazzlement. Ralf Hutter is the only original member, but if you think that matters, you don't really know how Kraftwerk operate in the 21st century.