Another year, another adventure at Outside Lands awaits. Of the three years that I’ve been in San Francisco for this magical festival, this year’s lineup is arguably the most impressive. The headliners are about as diverse as they come: Elton John (to please the old school crowd), Mumford & Sons (to please the nostalgic crowd), The Black Keys (to please the rocker crowd), Sam Smith (to please the emotional crowd), and Kendrick Lamar (to please the hip-hop crowd). And yet there’s something appealing to the general music fan in all of these artist. Suffice it to say, they nailed it this year.
And that’s not just because of the big name headliners they’re bringing in. There is an amazing amount of rising stars in the smaller print names coming to the festival this year. To make sure you get the most out of your Outside Lands experience this year, we’ve picked 10 must-see acts who fall in the non-headliner category. And for fun, we’ve also put together an Outside Lands playlist to get you excited for the fun next weekend. Hit the jump to continue reading.
San Francisco’s Outside Lands Festival announced their lineup today and it is absolutely phenomenal. Headliners vary from Elton John to Kendrick Lamar. Outside Lands is taking place August 7-9 in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park.
Top 10 artists I’m most excited to see (in no particular order):
Mumford & Sons
Update: Preview Outside Lands 2015 with this Spotify Playlist:
Outside Lands: That time when San Franciscans make their annual trek into the foggy depths of Golden Gate Park to tap into their inner rocker, raver or head bopper depending on the vibe they’re going for (and/or how many drinks they had the night before).
Show-stopping performances came from newcomers and veterans alike throughout the course of the weekend, but a few stood out to me as especially noteworthy. [Continue reading to get the skinny on all the best performances, songs and secrets from the weekend from guest writer Molly Murtaugh.]
Summer must be just around the corner, because Outside Lands Festival just announced its 2012 lineup. The festival is going to be August 10-12 at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco (woohoo!), and some of the headlining performers are Metallica, Stevie Wonder, Neil Young, Foo Fighters, Skrillex, and Sigur Ros.
If you ask me, here are the bands/performers I am most excited to see:
Sigur Ros, Regina Spektor, Andrew Bird, Big Boi, Santigold, Fitz and the Tantrums, Portgual. The Man, Amadou & Mariam, Wolfgang Gartner, Fun., Dr. Dog, The Walkmen, City and Colour, Of Monsters and Men, Alabama Shakes, Tame Impala, Yacht, Tanlines Electric Guest, and Yellow Ostrich.
Okay, that’s a lot of them.
Top 5: Sigur Ros, Fun., Of Monsters and Men, Alabama Shakes, and Tanlines.