This past weekend once again brought the Outside Lands Music Festival to San Francisco's Golden Gate Park, a festival now celebrating seven years of existence and a now proud tradition of multiple years of sell-out crowds. I'm fortunate enough to say that I've attended every single incarnation of this wonderful festival, and this weekend seemed to bring no real surprises except for the fact that the sun stayed out late into the afternoon on a few days making for a few beautiful evenings in the park not totally freezing our butts off (which was nice). The rest of the festival was no surprise whatsoever: top notch music, great atmosphere, awesome beers, great food, and plenty of trouble to be had with plenty of time to get home before the late-nights began. If my only complaint about the festival is that they need to ditch the purified water sponsor and just focus on helping people fill up their water more quickly, I think it's fair to say that they're killing it overall. With myself roaming the grounds and with Justin Yee snapping photos in the pit as he navigated the weekend according to his own musical tastes, here's our list of all the cool things we saw or heard this weekend broken up by day.

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DAY TWO @ Outside Lands 2014

Got to the park in time for Jagwar Ma

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These Aussie boys have a huge future ahead of them, and their set on the Twin Peaks stage to start Saturday’s festivities was definitely something to take in. While I think they’re still working on growing into their stage presence a bit, it was a fitting psychedelic way to start the day in Golden Gate Park.

Local Natives kicked off the main stage with a day of indie rock

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Tycho brought the ambient jams to Twin Peaks

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Everyone chilled pretty hard during this set, and who could blame us — the music was perfectly suited to support your stoned-in-the-park afternoon. Loved this set.

Haim continues to blow everyone away all the time

While I was a little concerned they were just pulling from their standard “festival set” antics, you can’t really fault the fact that these girls rock hard and they’re up there giving it their all (bass face and all).

Big Freedia was awesome (duh)

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No words. Just AZZ.

Duck Sauce has a great stage setup

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Atmosphere had the HUGEST crowd

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I couldn’t get anywhere close, but it was absolutely destroying that crowd at the Sutro Stage based on what I saw from the show.

Tom Petty played the hits, the new stuff AND gave tribute to Jerry Garcia

Making sure they kept “Friend of the Devil” in the setlist for the Saturday night set was of obvious importance to the classic rocker and he delivered a heartfelt rendition that served as one of my final moments of day two. Fantastic day of music all around and a perfect capper with a Petty set.


Continue on for photos and a recap from Outside Lands 2014 day three…