San Francisco’s Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival had another successful three-day showing this weekend of world class music and artful entertainment. In its eighth consecutive year, the sold-out festival brought together more than 100,000 daily festival goers inside the magical Golden Gate Park.
With close to 90 musical acts featuring the likes of Radiohead, Years & Years, Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals, Lionel Richie, Duran Duran, J.Cole, Lana Del Ray, LCD Soundsystem and Snakehips, there seemed to be acts for all ages.
Among the most anticipated acts of the weekend, the Muppet’s own Dr. Teeth & The Electric Mayhem electrified crowds in a brief, but highly memorable performance. Likewise, Chance the Rapper brought his whole band along and turned every song into a crowd favorite–an easy feat with the energy he brings. Meanwhile, Major Lazer may have stolen the whole weekend with a highly energetic performance that turned the crowd into a sea of bodies lost in the beats per minute.
Bay Area love was heard and seen as Third Eye Blind performed their greatest hits for their long-time fans and Kehlani swooned herself into proclaiming this her “best show ever” before a hometown crowd.
Spread across seven stages, more than 100 acts from the worlds of music, comedy, art, and food were only some of the fun festival goers experienced. MTV’s Noise Floor, an interactive dance floor, was a party all on its own with crowds dancing out the door. A festival favorite was also Google’s Castland, a private disco-themed gif-booth, where a lucky few got to meet and greet some of their favorite artists and take home a memorable gif.
While all the dancing and interactive activities may have taken a lot of energy out of festival goers, the most delicious foods and drinks were available throughout the park. Attendees were offered an extensive local selection of spirits, for anyone of age wandering the Beer Lands and/or Wine Lands. From ice cream tacos to fried chicken sandwiches and plenty of bacon inspired eats, there was only complaints of not having enough stomach nor time to consume the culinary displays.
Staying true to its eco-friendly atmosphere, the socially conscious, Eco Lands offered festival guests the opportunity to pick up some fresh snacks from the locally showcased farmers market, among water-filling stations and a recycling trading post where cans, bottles and cigarette butts were exchanged for eco-conscious rewards.
Chance the Rapper on Sunday
Major Lazer on Sunday
Lionel Richie on Sunday
Beer Lands at night