After 17 successful festivals, Washington’s beautiful Gorge Amphitheater will be saying goodbye to Sasquatch Music Festival for good. The diverse festival hosted acts like Bon Iver, Modest Mouse, Vince Staples, Twenty on Pilots, Foo Fighters, Major Laser and Disclosure over the years. In an email, the festival’s founder Adam Zacks disclosed the news with a heavy heart, but lead in with a powerful quote: “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” He goes into detail in his letter below:

Today we take a bow and bid a fond farewell to Sasquatch! I will no longer be producing the Festival, nor will it take place in 2019.

The Festival began 17 years ago on a hunch, greenlit on nothing more than a name and instinct there was space for something with a uniquely Northwest flavor, on Memorial Day weekend, at one of the most beautiful locations on Earth – The Gorge. 17 years is a long time to do anything. The Beatles lasted a mere 8 years, a fact so astonishing it is difficult to believe. While we didn’t accomplish anything as indelible as “Hey Jude”, the Festival left a lasting mark and proudly represented an independent spirit. Sasquatch! will forever remain a tapestry of the people who worked with us, the artists who inspired us, and the varied experiences of the fans who attended it … of friendships made, engagements, hilltop weddings, permanent tattoos, once in a lifetime collaborations, weather events both treacherous and magnificent, at least one very public conception, and, of course, hundreds of awe-inspiring performances. My humblest gratitude to all of you. May the spirit that made Sasquatch! so special live on.

Onward to the next adventure,

Adam Zacks

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