Outside Lands Festival

San Francisco Outsie Lands FestivalOutside Lands Festival takes place at the Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California

Outside Lands Festival 2012 dates – 10th to 12th August 2011

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Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Foo Fighters, Beck, Justice, Andrew Bird, MSTRKRFT, Die Antwoord, Fitz and The Tantrums, Of Monsters and Men, The Walkmen, Washed Out, Reggie Watts, Two Gallants, YACHT, Antibalas, Sharon Van Etten, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Wallpaper., Tennis, White Denim, Jukebox the Ghost, Tanlines, PAPA, Futurebirds


Metallica, Sigur Ros, Norah Jones, The Kills, Passion Pit, Grandaddy, Big Boi, Explosions in the Sky, Portugal. The Man, Alabama Shakes, Dr. Dog, MiMOsa, Tame Impala, The Be Good Tanyas, Geographer, Thee Oh Sees, Zola Jesus, Michael Kiwanuka, Sean Hayes, Father John Misty, Yellow Ostrich, Animal Kingdom, Cory Chisel and the Wandering Sons, Honey Island Swamp Band


Stevie Wonder, Jack White, Skrillex, Dispatch, Regina Spektor, Bloc Party, Santigold, Franz Ferdinand, Rebelution, fun., Wolfgang Gartner, City and Colour, Trampled by Turtles, Tom Morello: The Nightwatchman, Bomba Estereo, Big Gigantic, Allen Stone, The M Machine, Jovanotti, Electric Guest, Caveman, Birdy, Infantree


MARK FARINA, Justin Martin, ROY DAVIS JR., GENE HUNT, Ec Twins, David Starfire, Jeno, Motion Potion, AFROLICIOUS : DJ Set by Señor Oz, Zach Moore, JEF STOTT, THE MOM DJs, Sake One, THE BRASS TAX, Julius Papp

Comedy and Variety presented by Adult Swim, Nerdist Industries, Rockster Productions, SF Sketchfest:

David Cross, Neil Patrick Harris, Chris Hardwick, Reggie Watts, Delocated Witness Protection Program Variety Show with Jon Glaser, Hot Tub with Kristen Schaal & Kurt Braunohler, The Eric Andre Show, Gelmania with Brett Gelman, Todd Barry, Tig Notaro, You Made It Weird with Pete Holmes, David Koechner, Jonah Ray, Jackie Kashian, Andy Blitz, Ron Funches, Michelle Buteau, Justin Willman’s Magic Meltdown, Marcus Monroe, Mustache Harbor, CHRIS GARCIA, Caitlin Gill, Mike Drucker, Jesse Elias, Cory Loykasek

The History of San Francisco’s Outside Lands Festival
Every place has a story to tell, and Golden Gate Park, an icon and keystone of San Francisco’s park system, is no exception. Millions of people have visited the Park over the years, but only a few know of all the rich nuggets that it harbors. Golden Gate Park offers a dizzying array of treasures: fascinating buildings, scenic meadows and lakes, important monuments, and major museums.

The history of Golden Gate Park goes back to the 1860s. In San Francisco’s Gold Rush days, the area that is now Golden Gate Park was marked on maps as part of the “great sand waste,” and untrammeled “Outside Lands,” located well beyond the reach of the city’s masses. In fact, the entire Sunset District as you know it was barren, uninhabitable land owned by the U.S. government. Nonetheless, the City and County of San Francisco, which was growing rapidly, desired the land and petitioned for it in the 1850s. After years of court battles, the U.S. Government declared the area part of San Francisco in 1866.

Surveyor and engineer William Hammond Hall won the contract to survey park land, completed his report on February 15, 1871, and in August that year was appointed as engineer of the Park. Hall and his work crews took on the task of transforming the sandy, sparsely vegetated 1,017 acre park tract between Stanyan Street and the ocean into a pleasure ground which would convey “warmth, repose, and enlivenment” to citizens.

Golden Gate Park welcomed pedestrians, ladies, and gentlemen in fine carriages, equestrians, and hordes of bicyclists after 1880. Park use reflected the recreational activities of all San Franciscans, and included band concerts, floral displays, picnicking, croquet, tennis, and racing carriages on the speed road.

In 1906, the Park served as a place of refuge for thousands of displaced citizens in the wake of the earthquake. Earthquake refugees built tent cities in the park as the city struggled to recover from the damage. The neighborhoods of the Richmond and Sunset surrounding the Park resounded with new building as the city’s population moved from the devastated area into the spacious Outside Lands.

In the tumult of the 1960s, parks emerged as peaceful neutral terrain in troubled urban America. Golden Gate Park became San Francisco’s common ground, a gathering place and magnet for the counterculture. Flower children from Haight-Ashbury communed with nature on “hippie hill” and attended rock concerts and events held in the Park and panhandle.

Today, Golden Gate Park is the third most visited park in America, hosting 13 million visitors each year. The Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival will take place at the Polo Fields, Speedway Meadow, and Lindley Meadow. In addition to these areas, the Park features numerous attractions, including the Japanese Tea Garden, the De Young Museum, the Conservatory of Flowers, and more.

For information on the history of San Francisco’s Outside Lands area, go to www.outsidelands.org

Outside Lands Festival line up – 2011
Muse, Phish (2 sets), Arcade Fire, The Black Keys, Deadmau5, MGMT, Girl Talk, The Decemberists, John Fogerty, Erykah Badu, The Original Meters, Beirut, The Roots, Arctic Monkeys, Big Audio Dynamite, STS9, Warren Haynes Band, Big Boi, Major Lazer, Little Dragon, Julieta Venegas, Sia, Ok Go, The Greyboy Allstars, Josh Ritter & The Royal City Band, Old 97’s, Mavis Staples, !!!, Latyrx feat Lyrics Born & Lateef, Best Coast, Collie Buddz, Phantogram, Charles Bradley, Foster the People, Lotus, STRFKR, Junip, Pajama Party, The Infamous Stringdusters, The Vaccines, Toro Y Moi, Vetiver, The Limousines, The Stone Foxes, The Joy Formidable, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Wye Oak, Ana Tijoux, Orgone, Lord Huron, Tamaryn, Grouplove, The Fresh & Onlys, Ximena Sarinana, Ty Segall, Sunbirds, Nicki Bluhm & the Gramblers, Diego’s Umbrella, Ghost Robot, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Ellie Goulding, tUnE-YarDs, Christina Perri, Bob Schneider, Eskmo, New Orleans Klezmer Allstars, Kelley Stoltz, K.Flay, Arann Harris & The Farm Band, Paper Diamond

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