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Held for the first time in 2008, the Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival occurs every year at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, California. Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival is produced by Superfly Presents, Starr Hill Presents and Another Planet Entertainment.
During that first Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival more than 60 musical acts and groups showed up from all different parts of the world and there were also a number of art installations set up around the festival grounds for attendees to enjoy and admire. Those grounds included the Polo Fields where the Land’s End Stage is located, the Speedway Meadow with its Twin Peaks and Panhandle Stages and finally the Lindley Meadow where the Sutro and Presidio Stages were located.
Although the inaugural festival was criticized a bit for the problem it had with crowd control, it still brought in between 40 and 60,000 attendees.
The Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival was, from its inception, geared towards the “green movement” and has always included more than a few eco-friendly initiatives like ridesharing and minimization of garbage at the festival.
During its second edition in 2009 the festival streamed live on their YouTube channel, something that was a big success and enjoyed by people all over the world. Outside Lands also features more than just music and, with several features that focus on artwork, culinary experiences and wine, there are more than a few people who attend that don’t even go for the music but instead for the art and food. They also have a sports lounge as well as an arcade and bar during the festival, for people who want to go with their families but do other things at the same time.
As mentioned before, the Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival is all about being eco-friendly and does quite a few things to educate the public to their movement including hosting a number of activities that you won’t find at other festivals of this kind. For example, some of the stages run on solar power, they run a waste diversion program as well as a recycling program, people can use their refillable water program to conserve H2O and, if you get there on a bike, they have a valet bicycle parking program to help you. They also host numerous workshops to educate people about how to farm organically and why organic food is so important.
Of course it is a music festival and, over the last few years, they had quite a few excellent performers, no doubt. This year their lineup really looks awesome and includes The Killers, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (who are now rock ‘n roll Hall of Fame icons) as well as Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, fresh off their Grammy-win from last year. There’s also the darlings of the indie pop scene, Death Cab For Cutie as well as alternate rock group Arctic Monkeys.
One of the most newsworthy (arguably) music headliners this year will be Kanye West, whose stature since marrying Kim Kardashian and rumors of being a closet homosexual have put a bit of a dent in his fame. West released what was an interesting, if not overly successful, album last year entitled Yeezus and will be making his Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival debut this year.
Making their second appearance at the festival will be Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. Icons of rock ‘n roll, they were actually at the first festival in 2008 and, in 2002, were inducted into the rock ‘n roll Hall of Fame. The group has sold over 80 million records during their long and storied career and, later this year, will be releasing their 13th studio album named Hypnotic Eye.
This year’s Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival will be its 7th and, if things go as swimmingly well they have in years past, it should be one heck of a party!