Epic Fail: Gorge View Now Obstructed by Weather-Proofing Tarp

© Humberto Martinez / seattlepi.com

For music fans arriving at Sasquatch Music Festival yesterday as the festival began, it may have been a huge surprise to see that the owners of the venue had installed a huge black tarp behind the stage now preventing any view through the stage and into the beautiful highpoint of the Gorge in general. Part of the wonder and beauty at this venue now seems to be just a tad bit lost on whatever the reasoning behind it was…

A spokesperson for LiveNation, owners of the Gorge, said the new curtains were part of the new stage installed before this season (Saturday’s was the first show), and were installed for weather proofing.

Suddenly I’m not so worried that Phish didn’t announce any dates there this summer. Not like I wouldn’t go, but you get what I mean. What a stupid move.

Sasquatch! Saturday: Your View at the Gorge Is Now Obstructed By a Huge Black Garbage Bag [seattleweekly.com]

  • http://gregsbassworld.blogspot.com/ Greg

    Are you going to change your banner in tribute to the “improvement”?

    • http://www.livemusicblog.com Justin

      Haha, NEVER! :)

  • http://gregsbassworld.blogspot.com/ Greg

    Are you going to change your banner in tribute to the “improvement”?

    • http://www.livemusicblog.com Justin

      Haha, NEVER! :)

  • deadlax

    Who really cares about a view? I’m there strictly for the music.

  • deadlax

    Who really cares about a view? I’m there strictly for the music.

  • FeePhan

    I have seen many shows at the Gorge, and, while the view behind the stage is AMAZING, i have been to two seperate shows there when the music had to be stopped because the stage equipment–lights, hanging speakers, etc… was blowing so wildly that there was some concern for the perfromers and the fans in front. So, in the interest of safety first, not too bad of a move.

  • FeePhan

    I have seen many shows at the Gorge, and, while the view behind the stage is AMAZING, i have been to two seperate shows there when the music had to be stopped because the stage equipment–lights, hanging speakers, etc… was blowing so wildly that there was some concern for the perfromers and the fans in front. So, in the interest of safety first, not too bad of a move.

  • Black Box

    The “safety” excuse is crap. What their project managing office employees don’t like are weather-related delays in the schedule. But as fans we love them. I was there when the wind gusts chased Polyphonic Spree off the stage: as a result they got to play the Yeti stage late night for twice their originally-allotted time; meanwhile in the shuffle, Michael Franti and Spearhead got to close the Wookie and put on a 2.5 hour all-time epic set.

    What their project managing office employees also like is cheapness. And the cheapest way to upgrade the stage is to trade in something that has no apparent price tag but goes by the name “awesome view” and use that free currency to pay a cookie-cutter construction firm to stamp out yet another in their assembly line of ugly, identical stages.

    That stage is a blight because it has made the Gorge less special. Epic Fail is too trite a term to use to describe this debacle.

  • Black Box

    The “safety” excuse is crap. What their project managing office employees don’t like are weather-related delays in the schedule. But as fans we love them. I was there when the wind gusts chased Polyphonic Spree off the stage: as a result they got to play the Yeti stage late night for twice their originally-allotted time; meanwhile in the shuffle, Michael Franti and Spearhead got to close the Wookie and put on a 2.5 hour all-time epic set.

    What their project managing office employees also like is cheapness. And the cheapest way to upgrade the stage is to trade in something that has no apparent price tag but goes by the name “awesome view” and use that free currency to pay a cookie-cutter construction firm to stamp out yet another in their assembly line of ugly, identical stages.

    That stage is a blight because it has made the Gorge less special. Epic Fail is too trite a term to use to describe this debacle.