As with every major festival, the headliners cap off what would otherwise already be a full-day of musical discovery and soundtrack to memorable moments with friends and family. The 2016 edition of Outside Lands brings back Radiohead, the band that headlined the inaugural Outside Lands in 2008. LCD Soundsystem and Lionel Richie are the other weekend’s headliners in addition to J. Cole, Lana Del Rey, Zedd, Halsey, Major Lazer, Duran Duran, Grimes, Miike Snow, Beach House and many others.
Outside Lands not only has expanded its breadth in the musical component but also its comedy lineup headlined by Fred Armison and Friends featuring Bob Mould and Charlene Yi. Wine Lands is unique to San Francisco where numerous regional winemakers provide a taste of what Northern California has to offer. Another component of the festival which encapsulates another aspect of San Francisco that is known worldwide is its reputation for amazing food and drink.
Gastro Magic returns to Outside Lands where numerous renowned culinary experts team up with musicians to showcase, educate and entertain festival attendees.
Of course, there are lots of bands to check out aside from the headliners and our first pass list of who to see follows!
Last Shadow Puppets
Alex Turner of Arctic Monkeys teamed up with Miles Kane of The Rascals, James Ford of Simian Mobile Disco and Zach Dawes of Mini Mansion to form The Last Shadow Puppets in 2007 and are back at it after a four year break with a new album, Everything You’ve Come To Expect.
The album Glitterbug marked a triumphant return for the Liverpool’s The Wombats in 2015 and the band has been riding high since with numerous tour dates.
The producer/DJ duo of Ben “B-Roc” Ruttner and James “JPatt” Patterson, collectively known as The Knocks, are from New York City and have been making music since 2008 and released their first full-length studio album in 2016, 55.
One of the major breakout performers of 2015 continues to impress with her live shows and growing fanbase, demonstrating that she’s in it for the long haul.
London-based duo, Oh Wonder kicked off the year with their first U.S. tour in support of their self-titled debut album and were welcomed with numerous sold out shows. Now on the festival circuit, their fanbase has been growing with each impressive performance.
Dubbed as the “Godfather of Tropical House”, Thomas Jack might’ve helped popularize the genre years ago but he’s already moved onto new inspirations. Jack attended Burning Man last year and came back inspired to blaze a new path for new sounds and showcase his talents.
The French-Cuban duo consisting of twin sisters Lisa-Kaindé Diaz and Naomi Diaz put on an energetic and inclusive live set that is truly not to be missed. Their self-titled album was released last year and showcases immersive melodies that showcases immersive melodies accompanied by the sisters’ captivating voices.
Jack Garratt brings his energetic and engaging one-man show to Outside Lands and will no doubt be a highlight. Garratt has been making music since he was 12 and is well-versed in instruments ranging from the guitar, piano, trombone, drums, mandolin, ukulele and the harmonica.
Canadian electronic artist and gender-bender, Peaches has worked with a variety of artists ranging from Marilyn Manson to Pink and Christina Aguilera. Her shows are known to be wildly entertaining and more importantly, been an engaging platform to promote open sexuality and freedom.
Three years after her breakout album, Visions, Grimes came back in 2015 with the critically acclaimed, Art Angels. Since the release, the Canadian artist has toured with Lana Del Rey and Florence and the Machine, as well as headlining her own shows, which are entertaining and memorable in their own right.