Last weekend, I had the privilege of attending Outside Lands for Holiday Matinee. And since everyone’s been asking me “How was it? Did I dig it?” In a word, helltotheyes. If the festival offered nothing else, you really can’t go wrong with a lineup that includes Beck, Sigur Rós, Jack White (check out this surprise set) and Stevie Wonder, but there was plenty more that made Golden Gate Park the place to be for 72 hours.
Much to any local’s amusement who is familiar with SF weather, some ladies peppered the crowds in Daisy Duke shorts and tanks like it was Coachella. Heck, one girl wore a open leather jacket with nipple tape. True, the days started warm, but as the clouds and Karl The Fog rolled in, it made me wonder how many hoodies and blankets the festival sold to out of towners. PayPal sponsored the brilliant idea of festival lockers for the weekend (only $5-10 for all 3 days!), but those quickly sold out to the most prepared festival-goers.
As for the tunes, it’s excruciating painful sometimes to discover we still haven’t figured out teleportation and I pretty much had to miss some acts I really wanted to check out. Father John Misty was a consensus favorite among just about anyone who saw him, although I happened to miss that set. Personal highlights for me included Reggie Watts explaining what a festival’s for, YACHT’s energy (plus our interview), The Kills’ badass bandana-clad percussionists and the media tent dance party for two hours of Stevie Wonder.
Festival food was delish and I ate like I was about to hibernate for the next 4 months. Fried chicken sandwiches, fresh poke, veggie wraps, pizza, burritos, tots and mulled cider – how could I not when everything was local fare from area restaurants? While last year’s tree house fort and swing was sorely missed, I dug the smaller stage nestled in the woods for folksy/bluegrass tunes. And if your timing was just right like mine, you may have even caught a mime funeral. This area of the festival only got better at night when the lights and kicked up dust made everything look magical.