The Outside Lands lineup came out today, which means it's time to argue about whether it's good or kinda good or a total disappointment. Overall, we think the lineup is definitely less compelling than last year, but still reasonably strong. Despite a few complaints (see below), the festival's reputation as a rising player on the national circuit will be maintained. Here are five aspects of this year's lineup that particularly stand out to us. (And remember, the festival continues to add acts even after today's announcement.)
1. There's almost no rap.
As in, one act: the throwback hip-hop outfit Jurassic 5. That's it. For being such a popular genre nationally -- and such an influential one regionally -- it's kind of amazing how underrepresented it is at Outside Lands. And anyone who says live rap sucks obviously wasn't at Big Boi's set last year.
Outside Lands festival organizers today announced the lineup for the 2013 event, and it looks like a big one. Headliners include Paul McCartney, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nine Inch Nails, Phoenix, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Willie Nelson, Hall & Oates, and more. The festival takes place Aug. 9-11 in Golden Gate Park. Check out the full lineup poster below:
Last week, we rounded up some of the likely big names for this year's Outside Lands lineup, which included Paul McCartney, Phoenix, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Baauer.
The lineup will be announced tomorrow. But before then, festival organizers have been dropping hints on Instagram. Based on those not-so-subtle clues, other acts performing this year will be Grizzly Bear, the National, Willie Nelson, Jurassic 5, and more. Check out the full list of clue leaks below.
Update, 4/10/13: Outside Lands has started dropping clues about the lineup on Instagram, and so far it looks like Grizzly Bear and Chromatics are also playing this year.
It's official: The Outside Lands lineup will be announced a week from today, on April 16, 2013. And while some hints about this year's bill have spilled out on the Internet so far, it seems high time to round up what we know so far. Here, then are six artists we're pretty sure are on the 2013 Outside Lands lineup -- plus a few solid guesses. This year's festival runs Aug. 9-11 in Golden Gate Park.
1. Paul McCartney
We told you a couple of weeks ago about the Last.fm page that showed McCartney playing Sunday at this year's festival. We don't have any more info than that, but as Macca's camp keeps trickling out more U.S. tour dates for the summer, none of them conflict with Outside Lands -- and none announced so far are in the Bay Area. This seems very likely.
Update: Asked to comment on the possibility of McCartney at Outside Lands, a spokesperson for Another Planet Entertainment had only this to say: "We expect to announce the Outside Lands 2013 lineup in the coming weeks. Stay tuned."
Paul McCartney is going on tour this summer, and at least one concert info website says he'll be playing this year's Outside Lands festival. Via an anonymous tipper, check out this Last.fm page that says Macca, the great co-founder of the Beatles and a solo legend in his own right, will be playing our own Golden Gate Park this Sunday, Aug. 11.
The Outside Lands music festival isn't going anywhere -- in fact it's looking to get even bigger in future years. And organizers just announced the dates for next year's festival in Golden Gate Park. Here's hoping you didn't have any wedding plans or European trips scheduled.