Outside Lands Review: Music, food, entertainment, and more music

The seventh annual Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival took place at Golden Gate Park of San Francisco, from Aug. 8-10. Over one hundred artists took to one of the five stages in the woodlands during the three-day festival. Two additional venues were open in the park: The Barbary, filled with a range of comedians, and McLaren Pass, the most popular kitchen in the woods. Breweries, vendors, and restaurants graced the grounds of GG Park and provided concertgoers with a plethora of food, beverage, and additional entertainment options.

The first day of the festival showcased headliners Kanye West and alternative rock group Arctic Monkeys. Ushering in their performances were uprising alternative group Bleachers, dance music king Chromeo, electronic dance music star Disclosure, country sweetheart Kacey Musgraves, and many more.

Some fans went to Wine Lands and Cheese Lands, located in the same festival area as Twin Peaks, and enjoyed the musical sets with fresh Northern Californian wine and aged cheese. Bands that took the stage included all-girl grunge group Warpaint, who entertained the crowd of thousands at the Twin Peaks stage while fans danced and swayed to the groovy tunes.

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West closed the show Friday night, leaving the crowd a tad disappointed. After leading viewers on with his Yeezus hit, “Blood on the Leaves,” three times, he continued to stop his performance, mid-song, and rant about the media, press, conformity, and more Kanye-esque topics.

Although it was expected, fans quickly grew tired of the negative vibes at Lands End stage. The crowd quickly diminished and fans scurried to Twin Peaks to watch Alex Turner of the Arctic Monkeys serenade their crowd. The group, most recently acknowledged for their smash hit, “Do I Wanna Know?” was the proclaimed highlight of the festival, although, it was only day one.

Seattle hip-hop duo Macklemore and Ryan Lewis headlined the second day of Outside Lands, with classic rock group Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers. Fans evenly dispersed across the park to take in the talents of two generations.

Festival favorites Capital Cities, Atmosphere, and Vance Joy attracted the larger crowds of the smaller stages throughout the day.

Prior to the epic night of music at the main stage, Los Angeles indie-group Local Natives wooed thousands of fans at Lands End and set the tone for the day. Festival regulars HAIM and the highly nostalgic group Death Cab For Cutie followed before Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers took over and ended the night with a lengthy set of classics.

The third and final day of the festivities brought positive ambiances to the park with a stellar Sunday lineup featuring Lucius, Flume, The Flaming Lips, Cut Copy, Gold Panda, Lykke Li, and more. The night ended with a final decision that needed to be made my attendees: Dance along to a karaoke night of classic songs to rock talents The Killers or check out EDM king, noted multiple times as the No. 1 disc jockey of the year, Tiesto.

Regardless of which set fans chose to watch, or if they managed to catch both, they were in for a hell of a closing to a festival. Glow sticks flew in the air as Tiesto’s beat drops shook the grounds of the park. Brandon Flowers and The Killers belted out hits including their opening set song, “Mr. Brightside,” and the finale, “When You Were Young.”

Praise for Outside Lands, since its inception seven years ago, has continued to grow and has been exemplified with each consecutive year of mass success. Golden Gate Park will only further flourish with the achievements of this festival extravaganza of beer, food, wine, art, and music.