It’s late November, so that can only mean one thing, it’s time for the summer festival announcements. Within days of one another, both the Sasquatch! Music Festival and Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival announced their 2011 dates and early bird presales. In the case of Bonnaroo, next year’s fest will take place from June 9-12, 2011 in Manchester, TN. Early bird tickets for Bonnaroo 2011 go on sale on November 26, 2010 at 12:00 PM ET at bonnaroo.com. As for Sasquatch!, to no one’s surprise, the annual festival will take place over the 2011 Memorial Day Weekend (May 27-30, 2011), however, there is a new twist to the 2011 schedule, a Friday night event. On May 27, the Foo Fighters will headline the first Friday night Sasquatch! bill since 2006. Special discounted 4-day Sasquatch! festival pass will go on sale Saturday, November 20 at 10:00 A.M. (PST) via sasquatchfestival.com. The festival’s complete lineup will be announced February 7, 2011.
Read the full press releases after the jump.
Sasquatch 2011 Press Release
On the heels of last year’s fastest sellout ever, record attendance and rave reviews from national media, Sasquatch! Music Festival adds a fourth day and celebrates its 10th year of being what SPIN hails as “a pick-your-poison selection for your party at the edge of the earth,” May 27-30 (Memorial Day Weekend) at The Gorge in Quincy, WA. A special discounted 4-day festival pass will be available in time for the holiday gift season on Saturday, November 20 at 10:00 A.M. (PST) via sasquatchfestival.com. Foo Fighters will headline the new Friday night event. The festival’s complete lineup will be announced February 7, 2011.
Festival creator Adam Zacks founded Sasquatch! nearly 10 years ago with the aim of building an event that catered to the eclectic tastes of voracious music enthusiasts. Zacks personally curates the lineups for each Sasquatch! Festival, hand-picking the diverse array of artists. “We are excited to grow the festival to 4 days and thrilled that Foo Fighters, a great American rock band with roots in the Pacific Northwest, will be headlining the Friday show.”
The Sasquatch! Festival has established a tradition of presenting critically acclaimed emerging artists alongside established headliners. Previous lineups have spanned a broad spectrum of genres from rock to hip-hop, electronic to singer-songwriters; past performers include R.E.M. Coldplay, Kanye West, Pavement, Beastie Boys, Nine Inch Nails, Wilco, The Flaming Lips, The Cure, Björk, and M.I.A. The festival also has a history of incorporating comedy including performances by Flight of The Conchords, Zach Galifianakis, Sarah Silverman, and many more.
Known for its bucolic location as well as its programming zeitgeist, the Sasquatch! Festival marks its 10th year at The Gorge Amphitheatre, an internationally acclaimed concert venue carved in the basalt cliffs, high above the Columbia River Gorge and offering spectacular, sweeping views of the river and canyon.
Esurance, the direct-to-consumer personal car insurance company, will return in 2011 as the title sponsor for the Sasquatch! Music Festival. A green sponsor of the event since 2007, Esurance will continue its ongoing drive toward a planet-friendly festival. Following on the success of 2010’s carpooling initiatives, the eco-conscious insurance company will again provide this year’s concertgoers with multiple ridesharing opportunities through partner Zimride. Esurance also plans to implement new programs aimed at maximizing the concert experience for music lovers, while continuing to promote a more sustainable event.
Bonnaroo 2011 Press Release
The 10th year of the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival will take place Thursday, June 9, through Sunday, June 12, 2011. In honor of this momentous occasion, we’re planning an insane amount of great stuff and you won’t want to miss out. So grab your calendar or your iPhone or just any random scrap of paper and mark these dates down so you can start counting the seconds until Bonnaroo 2011!
Once again, we’re going to give you the opportunity to purchase tickets at a very special price – an amazing $209.50 (plus service charges) – beginning on the ultimate holiday shopping day. Yes, we will be having a sale on Black Friday, November 26, that magical day after Thanksgiving when you can buy plasma TVs for five dollars if you wake up at 3 a.m and collect seven different coupons. Luckily for you and your sleep schedule, our ticket sale begins at 12 noon Eastern Standard Time and doesn’t involve a coupon of any kind.
After that first allotment of pre-sale tickets is gone, we’ll continue to offer tickets at a great value of $224.50 (plus service charges). These pre-sale tickets will also be in a limited supply and only available while supplies last. Sort of like those plasmas, except we won’t make you wait in a line outside a mall for four hours to get them. As usual, we’ll also offer VIP tickets and our special payment plan program for the presale. Check out the details at www.bonnaroo.com.
We’re so excited about the 10th Year of Bonnaroo that we’re actually sending this email from inside a tent we’ve erected in our office. Stay tuned for more Bonnaroo excitement as we gear up for 2011 and prepare for the big line up announcement in the new year!