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Outside Lands, 2012 | 8/10/12 – 8/12/12

Outside Lands Festival
Golden Gate Park
San Francisco, CA
August 10-12, 2012



The fifth installment of Outside Lands Music Fest, once again was held in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, and it proved to be the biggest and best yet. Through three great days of music, comedy, gourmet food, beer and wine, their wasn’t an ear displease or a palate that wasn’t quenched.

Friday’s stellar lineup included a rousing set from Beck who showed the versatility of the veteran that he has become and a high octane set the Foo Fighters that found front man, Dave Grohl, sprinting through the crowd to play from the soundboard.

On high above the rest though was definitely Neil Young and Crazy Horse. Opening the electric set with new material that included a long, grungy version of “Walk Like a Giant,” Neil would eventually provide the audience with the stripped down performance of “The Needle and The Damage Done.” Crazy Horse later rejoined their front man to put the nail in the coffin with classics like “Cinnamon Girl” interspersed with material that one can only surmise will be featured on the band’s forthcoming album.



Saturday brought an extra special guest in hometown hero, Bob Weir, who joined songstress Norah Jones for a performance of The Grateful Dead’s “Must Have Been The Roses” for some oh so sweet harmony.



The Alabama Shakes packed The Sutro Stage and leader Brittany Howard served up a soulful helping southern goodness that proved that she and her boys are here to stay.  Opening with a captivating and bluesy version of the band’s present catalogue crown jewel, “Hold On,” Howard’s voice whisking the crowd away. At one point, the singer commented on the size of the crowd, humbly stating “There’s a lot of you here.”Indeed there were. In fact, the band that less than a year ago were just gathering YouTube footing had easily drawn the biggest gathering that any “smaller stage” outfit would see throughout the weekend.

In their attempt to remain atop the gods of heavy metal chart, Metallica‘s set came complete with the loudness that one would expect coupled with a pyrotechnic/ laser show that could be both seen and heard a mile away at the Twin Peaks stage during Sigor Ros‘ dreamlike set. Mission accomplished.

Sunday did not disappoint. Trampled by Turtles played a set that would have made Graham Parsons proud,  Fun warmed up the crowd at The Lands End stage with a bubbly set and Franz Ferdinand played an upbeat set that included a bit of Donna Summer’s “I Feel Fine.”

Regina Spektor took the stage for a set that yielded her standard setlist of beautifully sung cutesy narratives that satirize seriousness. The Russian born caroler had the audience in the palm of dainty hand as she reeled through a series of tunes that put her Steinway piano to fervent use and her crystalline voice out front.  Jack White had been a true sport throughout the closing day, having played a surprise set n the woods with his all-female band earlier in the day. Not surprisingly, the White Stripe played a strong set, ending with one of his most well known and beloved gems, “Seven Nation Army,” from 2003’s Elephant.

Stevie Wonder closed the festival with a set of nonstop hits that drove the fully engaged throng wild. Starting things off with “Master Blaster” and (seamlessly) “Higher Ground,” the hits just kept coming.  There was something truly magical about being in Stevie’s presence. He was funny, loving and compassionate. The best part is that his breathtaking talent remains as intact as it has ever been, whether as child prodigy in “Fingertips — pt. 2” days or those when he just called to say he loved you (or any other of his dozen number one songs).  In short, Wonder’s set was the perfect way to close out three perfect days of music in the Bay City.


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Metallica, Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Jack White, Beck top Outside Lands 2012 lineup.


Another Planet Entertainment, Superfly Presents and Starr Hill presents, in a partnership with the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department, are proud to announce the lineup for the fifth annual Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival. The world’s only gourmet music festival will once again take place in San Francisco’s historic Golden Gate Park August 10 – 12, 2012. A significant portion of every ticket sold will directly benefit San Francisco’s Recreation and Park Department.

Outside Lands’ fifth anniversary lineup represents a palpable expansion on the traditions of the festival Rolling Stone called last year, “One of America’s best.” Consistently setting the standard in Northern California for intelligence and diversity in its programming, Outside Lands will up the ante once again and feature a staggering array of sets from established artists, newcomers, and the icons who inspired them. Featured this year are two Bay Area giants, Neil Young & Crazy Horse and Metallica, the latter of whom, on the heels of their 30th anniversary, will be performing in their home park for the first time ever. The festival also welcomes Stevie Wonder’s first Bay Area appearance in many years, Jack White, who is celebrating the release of his first solo record, and Foo Fighters and Skrillex, both enjoying a multi-Grammy award winning year. Notables also confirmed are: Sigur Ros, Justice, Norah Jones, Grandaddy, Bloc Party, Die Antwoord, Amadou & Mariam, Fun., The Walkmen, Two Gallants, Alabama Shakes, Tame Impala, Sharon Van Etten, Bomba Estereo, Tennis, White Denim, Caveman and more.

Outside Lands has quickly become known for being as much about the food as it is about the music. As The Huffington Post reported, “unlike, well, every other music festival in the country, the culinary offerings at Outside Lands are truly spectacular.” This year, the festival will see its most expansive line-up yet. In total, ticket holders will discover approximately 100 food and wine options including organic, kegged wine; food trucks and bites from some of the city’s hottest chefs. Over 50 restaurants will gather in A Taste of the Bay Area and fans can expect to enjoy returning favorites like Maverick, Farmer Brown’s Little Skillet, Pacific Catch, American Grilled Cheese Kitchen and 4505 Meats. Wine Lands will celebrate over 30 of the region’s wineries and welcome back standouts like Long Meadow Ranch, Scribe, Bonny Doon, Kermit Lynch and Paul Grieco’s Summer of Riesling 2012.

Now in its fifth year, the Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival has become a cherished event that the city of San Francisco has embraced as fans from across the country flock to spend a incomparable weekend in one of America’s greatest parks. Each year, festival organizers ensure that every facet of the event highlights the Bay Area and all of the components that make it one of the most desirable places to live and visit. They also like to the say thank you to the city and the local communities surrounding the park by giving back in substantial ways, raising a total of $4.3 million for the San Francisco Recreation And Park Department. Last year alone, the festival had a $68 million impact on the city as a whole. Outside Lands would like to thank its partners Heineken, StubHub, Toyota, eSurance and PayPal.


Confirmed Outside Lands 2012 lineup is below

Stevie Wonder


Neil Young & Crazy Horse

Jack White

Foo Fighters



Sigur Ros


Norah Jones


The Kills

Regina Spektor

Passion Pit

Andrew Bird


Big Boi

Bloc Party

Explosions In The Sky

Franz Ferdinand



Die Antwoord

Fitz and The Tantrums

Portugal. The Man

Amadou & Mariam

Wolfgang Gartner


Dr. Dog

The Walkmen

Washed Out

City and Colour

Two Gallants

Of Monsters and Men


Alabama Shakes

Reggie Watts

Trampled By Turtles

Tame Impala


The Be Good Tanyas


Sharon Van Etten


Sean Hayes

Bomba Estereo

Dirty Dozen Brass Band

Big Gigantic

Thee Oh Sees



Zola Jesus

White Denim

Allen Stone

The M Machine

Michael Kiwanuka


Father John Misty

Electric Guest


Yellow Ostrich


Honey Island Swamp Band

Animal Kingdom


More artists, restaurants, wineries to be announced in the coming weeks; check out www.sfoutsidelands.com





Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival, which takes place in San Francisco‘s historic Golden Gate Park August 22-24, 2008, has announced plans to treat patrons to an all-encompassing local experience with areas of the park dedicated to emerging technology, local wine and food with a special emphasis on sustainable green practices throughout the festival grounds, withattractions to highlight traditions
San Francisco Culture.