Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival

San Francisco's Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival
Location(s) San Francisco, California, United States
Years active 2008–present
Date(s) 3rd/4th Weekend of August
Website sfoutsidelands.com
The logo of the event

The Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival is a music festival held annually in San Francisco, California at Golden Gate Park. The first edition occurred August 22–24 in 2008, and included over 60 musical acts from around the world, as well as several art installations. The festival grounds included the Polo Field which was home to the Lands End Stage, the Speedway Meadow with Twin Peaks Stage and the Panhandle Stage, and finally the Lindley Meadow and the Sutro and Presido stages. Bringing in 40–60,000 attendees a day the inaugural festival was mostly a success, however was criticized for its crowd-control situation.[1] The festival was also geared to the new green movement and included numerous initiatives to make the festival eco-friendly.[2] Like inviting participants to use ridesharing to get to the event. E.g. SunyRide, 511 , Craig's List The second edition of the festival was held between August 28–30, 2009 and streamed live on YouTube via the festival's YouTube account.[3]





Radiohead, Beck, Manu Chao, The Black Keys, Cold War Kids, Steel Pulse, Lyrics Born, Black Mountain, Benevento/Russo Duo, The Felice Brothers, Howlin Rain, The Dynamites featuring Charles Walker, Carney


Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals, Primus, CAKE, Steve Winwood, Cafe Tacvba, Lupe Fiasco, Regina Spektor, Galactic's Crescent City Soul Krewe, M. Ward, Devendra Banhart, Matt Nathanson, Two Gallants, Dredg, Abigail Washburn and the Sparrow Quartet featuring Bela Fleck, The Walkmen, Kaki King, The Coup, Liars


Jack Johnson, Wilco, Widespread Panic, Rodrigo Y Gabriela, Broken Social Scene, Andrew Bird, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, Drive-By Truckers, Toots and the Maytals, Stars, Rogue Wave, Alo, Jackie Greene, Los Amigos Invisibles, Mike Gordon, The Cool Kids, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Little Brother, Bon Iver, Vienna Teng, The Mother Hips, The Mighty Underdogs featuring Gift of Gab, Lateef and Headnonic, Nicole Atkins & the Sea, Sila and the Afrofunk Experience, K'naan, Culver City Dub Collective

M.I.A. performing at the festival in August 2009.


Pearl Jam,[5] Dave Matthews Band, Tenacious D, Incubus, Bat for Lashes, The Black Eyed Peas, M.I.A., Jason Mraz, Ween, The Mars Volta, Thievery Corporation, Modest Mouse, Band of Horses, TV on the Radio, The Dead Weather, Atmosphere, Tom Jones, Silversun Pickups, Robert Randolph and the Family BandThe National, Q-Tip, Brett Dennen, Built to Spill, Mastodon, Raphael Saadiq, Calexico, Os Mutantes, Midnite, JJ Grey & MOFRO, Kinky, Deerhunter, Lila Downs, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, The Dodos, Bettye LaVette, Dengue Fever, Heartless Bastards, The Dirtbombs, Lenka, Akron/Family, John Vanderslice, Matt and Kim, Portugal. The Man, The Morning Benders, The Duke Spirit, Zee Avi, Blind Pilot, Sambada, Ryan Bingham, West Indian Girl, Extra Golden



Furthur featuring Phil Lesh and Bob Weir, The Strokes, My Morning Jacket, Gogol Bordello, The Levon Helm Band, Cat Power, Wolfmother, Bassnectar, Pretty Lights, Tokyo Police Club, Beats Antique, Rebirth Brass Band, Wild Beasts, Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars, Daniel Lanois' Black Dub, Langhorne Slim, Mayer Hawthorne and The County, The Pimps of Joytime, Electric Six, Dawes, The Soft Pack


Kings of Leon, Phoenix, Social Distortion, Al Green, Nas and Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley, Empire of the Sun, Chromeo, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, The Temper Trap, Janelle Monae, Amos Lee, The Devil Makes Three, Alexander O'Neal, The Budos Band, Aterciopelados, Garage a Trois featuring Stanton Moore, Marco Benevento, Skerik and Mike Dillon, People Under the Stairs, Vieux Farka Toure, Nneka, The Whigs, Little Wings[6]


August 12–14

Muse at Outside Lands in 2011

Lineup announced April 11, 2011[7]

Muse, Phish, Arcade Fire, The Black Keys, Deadmau5, The Shins, MGMT, Girl Talk, The Decemberists, John Fogerty, Erykah Badu, The Original Meters, Beirut, The Roots, Arctic Monkeys, Big Audio Dynamite, STS9, Warren Haynes Band, Big Boi, Major Lazer, Little Dragon, Julieta Venegas, Sia, OK GO, The Greyboy Allstars, Josh Ritter & The Royal City Band, Old 97's, Mavis Staples, !!!, Latryx feat. Lyrics Born and Lateef, Best Coast, Collie Buddz, Phantogram, Charles Bradley, Foster the People, Lotus, STRFKR, Junip, Pajama Club, The Infamous Stringdusters, The Vaccines, Toro Y Moi, Vetiver (band), The Limousines, The Stone Foxes, The Joy Formidable, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Wye Oak, Ana Tijoux, Orgone, Lord Huron, Tamaryn, Grouplove, The Fresh and Onlys, Ximena Sarinana, Ty Segall, Sunbirds, Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers, Diego's Umbrella, Ghost Robot, Paper Diamond

Other Attractions

Outside Lands also features attractions that focus around food, wine, and art. There is a separate music lineup for the wine lands section of the park. There are also areas that offer separate entertainment, including a sports lounge, an arcade/bar, and various food and art vendors.

The festival is designed to utilize several strategies of being eco-friendly, as well as to educate the public about eco-friendly movements. There are solar power stages, a refillable water program, a waste diversion program, a recycling program, and bike valet parking program. There have also been workshops to educate about organic food and farming.


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