August is considered as the most awaited month for music and art lovers. If we discuss about the most famous and well known music and art festival, the very first name which arises in our mind is Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival. Although it has started in recent years, it holds a special space in the hearts of music and art lovers. If you are not familiar with the outside lands then here are some informations which will help you to know about the most loved festival.
What is Outside Lands?
Outside lands music and art festival is basically a music festival which is held for three days on every month of August in San Francisco at Golden Gate Park. This festival was first started on 22nd August, 2008 till 24th August 2008 which included more than 60 musical functions and also various art performances from around different parts of the world. This festival totally changed the definition of outdoor events. At its initial stage, there were more than 40,000 to 60,000 people been crowded each day for the festival which resulted for a grand success. Later the population of crowd started rising drastically. On the first day, they never imagined that there will be a mass crowd so it was very difficult to handle the crowd later there was also a criticism on that. The festival is produced by Starr Hill Presents, Superfly Presents and Another Planet Entertainment. In the next year, that is on 28 Aug to 30 Aug, 2009, they streamed live on youtube with the help of their festivals youtube account.
We have seen many festivals which focuses on social issues and creates a particular theme on support of the social injustice like save water, stop child labour, use eco-friendly objects, say no to plastic, etc. But the unique factor of outside lands is that instead of just providing a social message they create the whole festival in an eco-friendly manner. For instance, the festival’s stages are solar powered, refillable water programs and water diversions, recycling programs which helps to reduce waste. This shows that the Outside Lands respect environment and at the same time educates the public about different eco-friendly movements.
Transport facilities at Outside Lands
Currently there is an attendance of at least 2,00,000 people daily to enjoy the festival. Parking within Golden Gate Park is limited and also overnight parking is not allowed as well as parking in the surrounding area is also very difficult due to which a majority of people suffer. Due to this, they have initiated a new method, that is no private vehicles are allowed to park in the premises of the event. So, if you are planning to visit the festival in your vehicle then don’t. Instead there are public transportation available for the people who are planning to visit the festival. There are shuttle passes available for the viewers. For that you need to purchase an Outside Lands prepaid three days shuttle pass and travel comfortably without any worries of parking your vehicles. The shuttle service starts from Bill Graham Auditorium placed in civic center and then stops at south entrance of Outside Lands in Golden Gate Park.
If you stays somewhat near to the Golden Gate Park then you can ride you bike i.e, bicycle to the festival. Outside Lands has a partnership with Levi’s commuter which provides a safe bicycle servant. Other than this, you can also park your bicycle at JFK Drive from Transverse to Stow Lake which is near to the box office on Marx Meadow and also near to the south gate entrance. If you are planning to park your bicycle over there then ensure that you bring the bicycle lock to secure your bicycle on the way towards the festival.
Outside Lands 2017 – How it’s gonna be fun?
So, the most awaited festival of music and art has arrived. It will be held from 11th August,2018 to 13th August, 2018. In 2017 festival, Outside Lands is featuring Metallica, The Who, Gorillaz, Empire of the Sun, alt-j, Lorde, Tove Lo, Cage the Elephant, A Tribe Called Quest and many more. The other speciality of Outside Lands 2017 is that it is celebrating its 10th anniversary.
As mentioned earlier, Outside Lands 2017 will be starting from 11th-13th Aug,2017. The location of the festival is same as earlier i.e, at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. The gates will be opening at 11am and the music will be starting by noon on each day and will end at 10pm. The price for single day tickets are $ 149.50 for general and $ 345 for VIP admission. The total amount for three days general admission pass are $ 375.
Outside Lands Lineup of 2017
On Friday, 11th Aug, 2017 the lineup are announced according to the below mentioned manner. Gorillaz, A tribe Called Quest, alt-j, Fleet Foxes, Belle and Sebastian, Future Islands, Little Dragon, Tove Lo, Sleigh Bells, Shovels & Rope, Dr.Octagon, RAC, Rag’n’Bone Man, Hamilton Leithauser, SOHN, Electric Guest, Hundred Waters, Noname, KaliUchus, Grace Mitchell, Porches, Sam Dew, Oliver Tree, Berklee College of Music.
On Saturday,12th Aug, 2017 the lineups are Metallica, Cage the Elephant, Empire Of The Sun, The Avett Brothers, Solange, Vance Joy, Kaytranada, Royal Blood, Thundercat, Dawes, Warpaint, Bomba Estéreo, Real Estate, Temples, Foxygen, S U R V I V E, San Fermin, Joseph, The Japanese House, The Lemon Twigs, MUNA, Mondo Cozmo, John Moreland, Lawrence.
On Sunday,13th Aug, 2017 is the final day of the Outside Lands festival and the lineup are The Who, Lorde, Above & Beyond, ScHoolboy Q, Young The Giant, Rebelution, Bleachers, Action Bronson, Louis The Child, James Vincent McMorrow, K.Flay, Maggie Rogers, Sofi Tukker, How To Dress Well, Goldroom, Khruangbin, Kamaiyah, Mon Laferte, Lee Fields & The Expressions, Swet Shop Boys, Jacob Banks, Marco Benevento, Frenship, The She’s.
Other attractions in Outside Lands
Although it is a music festival, you can also find different varieties of food, wine and arts. In the Outside Land there is a wine land where you can taste different sample of wines from different sellers and for that you need to purchase tickets. At the same time you can also find areas that provide separate entertainments which includes a sports lounge, various food, art sellers and an arcade. There are also different workshops which educates the people regarding organic foods and farming.
Food facilities at Outside Lands
As mentioned earlier, there is a food court present in the Outside Lands festival, where you can taste and enjoy delicious food stuffs. Outside Lands have a partnership with Bay Area restaurants which helps to serve everything you wish to eat i.e, from bagels and cream cheese to oysters and lobster tails. There are also different food trucks and carts present in the festival which offers pizzas, burritos and different types of fried rice, curries, etc. There are also sweet delicious foods available. But the prices of all this food stuffs are quite expensive. So, if you are planning to taste different foods then you need carry lot of money with you. If incase you are not wishing to waste money then you can bring your own food which can be handled by you easily in public transport and in the crowd of festival. You can also try wood fired pizzas, banh mi, and pour over coffees. Ensure that you don’t carry alcohol with you as they are not permitted inside the Outside Lands. There are also no free water supply so you can bring water by your own in reusable bottles or else you can purchase a celebratory water bottle with free refills. You can also try fine wines and craft beers by paying cash.
Other than music
Even though it is a music festival, Outside Lands also motivates different art forms. You can wander with your friends and also enjoy different art forms. There are a big list of talented visual arts who presents you with bulk of artists and storytellers who will take you to different world other than music. You can enjoy live paintings, comedy acts, amazing stage shows and also different art installations.
Before entering into the festival, recheck the schedule and timings of the events you are planning to view as there are lakhs of audience who are attending the festival so it will be very difficult for you to reach your destinations within minutes. If in case you have missed your band which you had planned to view, then you can also catch an alternative band or meet a new group which you have never heard about and enjoy every moment in the festival with your group. In this musical festival you may lose many musical bands and events but still you will end up by meeting different and new experiences and also a new art form. So just arrive in the event with an open mind and discover new talents and musics in the Outside Lands Music and Art Festival of 2017.