Outside Lands delivers a taste of the Bay Area, boosts San Francisco’s economy


Tens of thousands gathered at the 7th annual Outside Lands Music Festival, Saturday, Aug. 9.

This weekend Outside Lands brought in an estimated crowd of 200,000 music lovers. The 7th annual music festival attracted fans from all over the world to enjoy the newest additions to the evolving entertainment .

Tens of thousands gathered at the 7th annual Outside Lands Music Festival, Saturday, Aug. 9.
[/media-credit] Tens of thousands gathered at the 7th annual Outside Lands Music Festival, Saturday, Aug. 9.

Crowds roared each night to welcome headlining artists, including Arctic Monkeys, Kanye West, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, The Killers, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, and Tiësto.


Other performances included the contemporary disco duo Chromeo, who kicked off Friday afternoon at the sold-out show in Golden Gate Park with their groovy tunes. The festival offered a stacked schedule spread along five stages opening at 12 p.m. each day.

Some of the crowd’s favorites performed on the second day of the weekend.

“I was really excited to see Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers,” said SF State student Max Cano, who attended the music festival. “They put on an awesome show. Atmosphere was another one of my favorites of the weekend. He kept positive vibes throughout his performance.”

Many fans were upset to hear that CHVRCHES’ performance was unexpectedly cancelled on Sunday afternoon due to “border-crossing trouble,” as explained on their website.

A Taste of the Bay Area

Fans feasted all weekend on special menus that celebrated Northern California’s culinary culture for its diversity and creativity. Outside Lands offered six unique food and drink experiences for foodies this year—A Taste of the Bay Area, Wine Lands, Beer Lands, ChocoLands, CheeseLands and new this year, GastroMagic.

“All of the food has been really good,” Cano said. “My favorite was definitely the fried chicken from Farmerbrown’s Little Skillet.”

SF State business major Connor Garrett said he enjoyed the ahi poke from Pacific Catch. “I was so stoked that I could get fresh fish at a festival,” Garrett said.

Fans were able to quench their thirst throughout the weekend by making a pit stop to Beer and Wine Lands. Beer Lands brought in 30 different breweries for a menu total of 64 beers and ciders that reflect Northern California’s growing craft beer movement. A few local breweries included 21st Amendment Brewery, Anchor Brewing Company and Magnolia Brewing Company.

Over 30 wineries were also showcased in this year’s Wine Lands.

“Wine Lands is really cool, but pretty expensive for students on a college budget,” Cano said.

Stimulate Your Senses

Every year, Outside Lands gets bigger and better. This year many new additions made it inside Golden Gate Park, including The Barbary and GastroMagic.

The Barbary, a comedy and variety tent, is the newest edition to the Outside Lands entertainment lineup. Comedians who performed included Lewis Black, Matt McCarthy, Aisha Tyler and many other hilarious acts.

According to Outside Lands’ website, GastroMagic is an area where wild concoctions take place. GastroMagic’s lineup was designed to allow chefs, butchers, musicians, mixologists, comedians, improvisers, dancers and magicians to share the spotlight and offer a unique perspective on food that stimulates all five senses.

The area had a casual vibe, its own stage, a lounge and audience seating. DJs including Holy Ghost! and Duck Sauce joined forces with culinary personalities for the festivities, and magicians roamed the lounge to get the guests’ senses moving.

Big Benefits

Now in its seventh year, Outside Lands has become an event that the city of San Francisco loves to host. Each year, festival organizers make sure that every part of the event highlights the Bay Area and all of its well-known, yet still unexpected, components.

According to an Outside Lands press release, in its first six years the festival raised over $8.3 million for the benefit of the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department. Based on a 2011 economic study, it is estimated that the festival generates over $70 million annually to the San Francisco economy.

Beware of Scams

This year, Outside Lands sold out in 24 hours, making the demand for tickets extremely high. Hundreds of ticket holders were unexpectedly turned away at the gates this weekend after learning they had purchased counterfeit tickets.

According to a box office representative at the festival, San Francisco police seized hundreds of fake three-day passes this weekend.

“I spent $400 on my ticket and got turned down walking into the festival on Friday afternoon,” said SF State kinesiology major Heather Holloway. “It will definitely be the last time I buy tickets on Craigslist for a festival.”