Miss You Much: Janet Jackson Will Headline Outside Lands

Addressing the dearth of female-led headliners, Outside Lands decides to get Nasty. Also confirmed: Vallejo's SOB x RBE and Portugal. The Man.

Ranger Dave will be part of Rhythm Nation this year (Joshua Mellin)

For 2018, Outside Lands has chosen to reveal its lineup through a sort of treasure hunt. (They did this in 2012 as well.) This morning, they posted a zoomed-in black-and-white pic of a woman’s hair, part of her face, and a bit of bare arm.

It’s Janet Jackson. Janet Jackson is headlining Outside Lands this year.

This is a great teaser for two reasons. One is Janet Jackson. The other is that Outside Lands, like many summer music festivals, has faced accusations that it has a serious shortage of women and female-led acts in the top billing. (Here’s one recommendation for how to change that.) Last year’s official headliners were Gorillaz, Metallica, and The Who, although Solange stole the show going up against the likes of Roger Daltrey.

Outside Lands tweeted two other pics that fans quickly identified as Portugal. The Man and Black Panther soundtrack stars and Vallejo natives SOB x RBE. So now we know three of the acts. I’m pulling hard for Fleetwood Mac…

The full Outside Lands 2018 lineup will be announced next Tuesday, April 3 and general admission tickets will go on sale next week as well.

Outside Lands, Friday-Sunday, Aug. 10-12, sfoutsidelands.com

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