Outside Lands, One of the Biggest Music Festivals in the Country, Returns to SF
These days, it can seem as though the amount of bands considered to be “necessary listening” is borderline incomprehensible. Especially if one is a fan of going and seeing the acts live, how is it possible to make it to all of the shows featuring beloved acts? Lack of time, money, and energy begin to take their toll, and soon we find ourselves wondering if it is even worth trying to go see live music anymore. Better to just stay home, make a pot of tea, and put some Keith Jarrett on the turntable. While we certainly understand this decision, we also know that for many of you it is not this easy. Which is why God invented the music festival.
If you are fortunate enough to be around the Bay Area during the second weekend in August, you will have the opportunity to attend Outside Lands, one of the best, most comprehensive, thrilling, and star-packed weekend festivals. Every year, thousands and thousands of people come from around the country and the world to wander through Golden Gate Park, stopping at certain stages to see acts and then continuing on until another refrain catches their ear. Festivals such as this one certainly go a long way of solving the problem of which band to see: just go to them all!
As is frequently the case, the lineup for this year’s Outside Lands is head-shudderingly good. Breakout stars like Kacey Musgraves, established acts like Lil Wayne, upcoming artists like Alex Layhey and Boyfriend mingle across the numerous stages dotting the festival’s grounds. And, like any festival worth the title, there will also be plenty of amazing food, craft beer, treats and trinkets to collect and bring home as proof that, yes, we were there.
In addition to the already mentioned acts, headliners for this year’s Outside Lands include Paul Simon, The Lumineers, blink-182, and Childish Gambino.
Outside Lands will take begin at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, August 9th, and then go throughout the weekend until the 11th. Due to the rapidity with which parking in the area disappears, it is strongly recommended that anyone hoping to attend this year’s festival find a transit solution that doesn’t involve taking your own car.