REVIEW: Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival (8/7-8/9/15)

The Main Stage at Outside Lands 2015, photo courtesy of Addam Rodriguez.

The Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival was held on August 7-9, 2015 at the Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, CA. The festival featured artists of all genres, food of all cultures, and art of many creative minds. Festival attendees traveled from all around to experience this eclectic weekend.

Jamming at Outside Lands, photo courtesy of Addam Rodriguez.

The art at Outside Lands grows and transforms every year. What makes this festival so different is that it’s held at the heart of San Francisco, where art thrives and is showcased at the festival all weekend. Those who are Outside Lands veterans have seen both old and new art pieces added every year, whether it be murals or sculptures.

Ranger Dave, photo courtesy of Addam Rodriguez.

The festival also featured an array of food choices and food “lands”. The festival featured Wine Lands, Beer Lands, Choco Lands, Bacon Lands, and Cheese Lands. The food choices range from Asian fusions such as Malaysian nachos or ramen burgers, to donut burgers (that everyone had to try at least once during the weekend). The re-added Gastro Magic stage featured chefs preparing delicacies right before your eyes, fused with magic tricks by magicians, and music by the likes of artists such as Big Freedia and Mac Sabbath.

Photo courtesy of Addam Rodriguez.

The music at Outside Lands is tailored to an audience who appreciates almost all genres of music. Friday’s lineup had crowds dancing to the likes of Natalie Prass, Broods, and The Family Crest to open up the festival. Leon Bridges had the crowd grooving and snapping to his soulful sound. Glass Animals, RL Grime, Chet Faker, and Porter Robinson gave crowds their fix of electronic beats. Friday night ended with the award-winning Mumford & Sons.

Leon Bridges at the Sutro Stage.

Saturday’s line-up included Cold War Kids, Billy Idol, and Tame Impala at the main stage. Milky Chance gathered one of the hugest crowds at the Sutro Stage, making sure all of San Francisco could hear the crowd sing their hit “Stolen Dance”. Bay Area native G-Eazy played a special set, bringing out Del the Funky Homosapien of Gorillaz to perform “Clint Eastwood” and Luniz to perform “I Got 5 On It.“ Saturday night ended with The Black Keys and Kendrick Lamar, both giving exceptionally epic performances.

Sunday’s line-up included Shakey Graves, SZA, James Bay, DJ Mustard, Hot Chip, and Odesza. This all led up to what everyone at the festival was waiting for: Sam Smith, Elton John, and Axwell and Ingrosso, to end the last day at Outside Lands.

James Bay at The Sutro Stage.

Odesza at Twin Peaks, photo courtesy of Addam Rodriguez.


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