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.
DAY THREE @ Outside Lands 2014
Jonathan Wilson brought ‘the Jerry tone’ and teased “Playing in the Band”
I started my day three with this set and was remarkably pleased with that decision; it was the perfect vibe for the Sunday afternoon.
Woods carried the mood into the afternoon
Lucius was up next and kept the trend doing
Great 1-2-3 of a lineup on Sutro Stage to start the day.
Flume crushed the Twin Peaks stage
One of the bigger crowds I’ve seen over there; he absolutely commanded attention. Really impressive set.
Spoon rocked the main stage next
A bunch of new stuff from They Want My Soul interspersed with the old stuff made for an obvious festival set win with that main stage crowd; notes from the next song would draw a huge reaction from the crowd. Definitely a strong showing.
Flaming Lips got really weird (duh)
Yep, pretty weird.
Cut Copy brought the dance party to the other side of the park
First time catching these guys and they did not disappoint in the slightest.
Gold Panda > Tiesto > Killers playing Credence ended the weekend for me
As I strolled out of the park, I was remarkably content with the music I had seen that night. Gold Panda was a treat and suffered through a set rife with hardware malfunctions, but he still made it through pretty unscathed all things considered. I caught a few minutes of Tiesto but decided to find my way out, and I walked out to the sounds of The Killers playing Creedence Clearwater Revival’s classic, “Bad Moon Rising”.
Patrick Stewart was at the festival also
— Patrick Stewart (@SirPatStew) August 10, 2014