San Francisco’s Outside Lands Festival will return to Golden Gate Park
with quite the lineup for its eighth year. Although the festival will be held August 7-9, tickets sold out in 45 minutes and this year’s lineup has had music blogs buzzing for months. Headliners include Elton John, Mumford & Sons, and The Black Keys in addition to other top acts such as Sam Smith, Kendrick Lamar, Wilco, Axwell & Ingrosso, D’Angelo and The Vangard, and St. Vincent.
Festival-goers can also count on amazing performances from old favorites like Billy Idol and Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals as well as a night- to-remember from EDM star Porter Robinson. With all these big names, it is too easy to miss lesser-known talent throughout the day, so we’ve got you covered with a daily break down of the shows you don’t want to miss (although you may not know it yet).
Kick off the first day early by catching the New Zealand- based Broods at the Twin Peaks stage. Chances are you will remember the brother-sister duo’s electropop single “Bridges” and find yourself singing along. Stick around for Robert DeLong to see him perform his newest single “Don’t Wait Up”, as well as other new material from his upcoming album before heading over to the Sutro Stage for George Ezra’s bluesy performance. If trap is more your thing, make sure to get hyped up at R.L. Grime before Porter Robinson’s set or chill at Chet Faker before ending the night at Mumford & Sons.
Begin Day 2 with a dose of indie rock from either festival- favorites Cold War Kids or skip the crowd and check out Django Django. Don’t feel like dancing with yourself at Billy Idol? Chill out at Toro y Moi and/or Milky Chance (they also know how to rock the messy hair look). Catch Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals if your final destination is The Black Keys. However, if you have the desire to turn up after a laid-back afternoon, catch rapper G-Eazy then DJ duo Classixx before raging at Kendrick Lamar.
Start Sunday dancing at Hot Chip to warm up for a killer set by Odesza or check out the beginning of It-Girl Sky Ferreira’s performance if you aren’t one of those people set on securing “a spot” at Twin Peaks. Unwind at Slightly Stoopid after Sam Smith if the massive crowd at Elton John appears to be too overwhelming, or if you need to catch your breath before revving back up for Axwell & Ingrosso. This year’s wide range of talent from a variety of genres is destined to appeal to just about everybody. However, don’t waste the experience by not finding your new favorite.