Well kids, it’s almost that time of year. Outside Lands is just a week away! On August 10th-12th Golden Gate Park will play host to the diverse culture of the city in its annual music, art, and food festival. San Francisco is known for being a town full of eclectic people. These personalities are reflected in the culture and activities the city has to offer. Be it SOMA, Haight-Ashbury, the Castro, Nob Hill or any other neighborhood in between, each has something special to offer.
This year’s lineup features an extremely diverse group of bands. Fans of every genre will walk away happy on Sunday night, having gotten their fill of fantastic live music. The festival kicks off on Friday and features some of the heavy hitters of the festival. With younger bands such as Fitz and the Tantrums, the Walkmen, and Of Monsters and Men getting the crowd warmed up, legendary acts such as Beck, the Foo Fighters, and Neil Young and Crazy Horse will no doubt bring the house down to close out Day 1.
Day 2 appears to be one of the more chaotic days on the bill. I will be having trouble finding time to attend every show I would like to. Bands such as the Alabama Shakes, Passion Pit, the Kills, Portugal. The Man, Explosions in the Sky, Dr. Dog, and Norah Jones will call for many tough calls to be made for those attendees with broad taste. Day 2 also offers, what I would consider, two headlining bands playing at the same time on differing stages. Metallica and Sigur Ros will both be playing Saturday night. Metallica gets a head start on Sigur Ros by about 45 minutes, thus offering everyone the opportunity to see both bands.
The festival will come to a close on Day 3. I’m personally very excited for the final day of the event. People will surely be coming to see Skrillex and Stevie Wonder but will be rewarded if they show up early in the day. One of the more underrated bands on the card, Trampled By Turtles, plays fairly early in the afternoon as does indie sensation [fun.] Rounding out the Sunday lineup are acts such as Jack White, Tom Morello, Regina Spektor, Dispatch, Bloc Party, and Franz Ferdinand.
While I’ve listed some of the more popular acts on the bill, the excitement that comes with summer festivals usually lies in the bands you’ve never heard before. You can kind of have an idea what to expect when seeing these bigger acts. You know their songs, you can anticipate their energy. What you don’t know lies in those small acts on the side stages. I encourage you to map out your weekend by using their Custom Schedule tool.
While the music tends to be the main draw of Outside Lands, festival goers will be treated with a vast assortment of opportunities to eat, drink, and be merry. San Francisco prides itself on its food, beer, wine, and art. All will be on display at Outside Lands. Attendees are encouraged to take in the live art provided by Juxtapoz magazine, try the wine at Wine Lands, enjoy a bite at A Taste of the Bay Area, sample some of the phenomenal craft beers at the Beer Camp, or take in a comedy show at the Barbary. This is something for everyone at Outside Lands, you just have to be there to find out what it is they have in store for you.
By: Mitch Inkrott