You can count on one hand the number of appearances that Radiohead are doing in the US this Summer, and in its ninth year, San Francisco’s Outside Lands Music Festival pulled a rabbit out of the hat with the mighty Radiohead as Saturday's headliners. The festival to be held at Golden Gate Park next week from Aug 5 to 7 also includes the much loved LCD Soundsystem - back from the dead as Friday's headliner, and Lionel Ritchie as its 'legacy' act that will no doubt bring the festival to a fitting close with everyone feeling like they're dancing on the ceiling.
The Bay Area has already been abuzz with excitement as the festival's month-long Summer Pairings Series has been in full swing with a beer and Ramen party held this past weekend; a smokehouse party featuring OSL musical acts this week; and a daily Cheese Lands preview at Long Meadow Ranch until July 31.
Organizers Another Planet Entertainment with co-curators SF Sketchfest have announced an equally exciting comedy lineup with "Portlandia" star Fred Armisen, Adam Devine from "Workaholics", SNL alumni,John Mulaney, plus Oakland residents Natasha Leggero from "Chelsea Lately" and "Another Period" and husband, Moshe Kasher. So if festival-goers need a break from the music there is somewhere to go for a laugh. Having said that, it's worth noting that The Muppets will be appearing on one of the festival's bigger musical stages on Sunday afternoon. Seeing is believing!
But let's face it, with over 85 musical acts and crowd-pleasers such as electronic wunderkind Grimes, hip hop favorites - Anderson Paak, Chance The Rapper and Vince Staples, unwilling pop songstress Lana Del Rey, indie darlings, Beach House, and of course fan favorites Sufjan Stevens and The Last Shadow Puppets, you'll be lucky if you see all the acts that drew you to initially buy that wristband. And that's not forgetting homegrown acts like Rogue Wave and Fantastic Negrito.
As APE has now released the daily schedule, it's imperative that you prioritize your must-sees but leave ample time to visit the Wine Tents, have a Donut Burger, watch a street artist at work on the one-off installations and catch a comedy act.
Does it sound like a lot to do? Well, just don't make the mistake of coming late in the day, some of the best acts on the bill are there to be discovered. Playing the early if not first slots of the day, they are worth the trek as they could likely become your favorite new band. So to celebrate nine years of Outside Lands, here's the scoop on nine nascent acts that you need to see.