Getting the Outside Scoop

For those of you who were unable to make the trip to Indio to attend Coachella this April, there is still an opportunity for you to have your festival experience right here in the Bay. Since 2008, The Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival has been held each August in San Francisco at Golden Gate Park.

This year’s lineup includes seasoned veterans like Metallica, Stevie Wonder, and Neil Young and Crazy Horse, as well as a host of new talent. If you are planning on attending Outside Lands this upcoming August, here are some acts you should consider checking out.

Of Monsters and Men is an indie/folk band whose six members all hail from Garðabær, Iceland. The group’s first album, entitled My Head is an Animal, was just released earlier this month and is available to stream on Spotify. The album features engaging subject matter as well as distinctive vocals from lead singers Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir and Ragnar “Raggi” Þórhallsson. If you are a fan of Mumford and Sons or Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, consider purchasing My Head is an Animal. Standout tracks include “Dirty Paws," “Mountain Sound," “Lakehouse," and their radio hit “Little Talks.”

Fitz and the Tantrums just gave an impressive performance at weekend one of Coachella and are slated to perform during the second weekend as well. The group was formed in 2008, and two years later they released their first album Pickin’ Up the Pieces. Lead singer Michael Fitzpatrick has described the band’s musical style as being “soul-influenced indie pop," so think of an updated version of Motown and Stax. If you haven’t heard of Fitz and the Tantrums previously, listen to their songs “MoneyGrabber," “Don’t Gotta Work it Out," and “Breakin’ the Chains of Love” and you will be hooked.

It’s been three years since Regina Spektor released her last album, but it seems likely that Outside Lands festival goers will be amongst the first to hear her perform songs from her new album What We Saw from the Cheap Seats. The album won’t be released until the end of May, but it will include new material as well as older (previously unrecorded) songs.

Aside from musical performances, Outside Lands offers a variety of other attractions. Food and wine connoisseurs will be pleased to learn that the festival not only releases a music lineup, but food and wine lineups as well.

Since the festival’s debut, there has been a concerted effort to incorporate eco-friendly initiatives into the weekend. Ecolands serves as the hub of the festival’s sustainability movement; here, attendees can learn how they can “help decrease the festival’s carbon footprint by watching emerging artists on the solar-powered Panhandle stage, choosing refillable water bottles over plastic ones, recycling and composting their waste, biking, carpooling or shuttling to the festival, and eating locally sourced food from...farmer’s market and restrautants.” Art installations are also erected throughout the park, and a multitude of art vendors will be present. Other activities can be seen here.

3-day general admission and VIP tickets go on sale today, April 19th. Buy them here!

Kiyana Salkeld is a 20 year old sophomore who enjoys all that is visually stimulating and aesthetically pleasing.

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