Start weaving those whimsical flower crowns now, kiddos: Festival season is officially upon us.
We don't make this proclamation lightly. For one, we've started receiving press releases tailored around festival fashion, as well as pitches about new ways for ladies to relieve themselves whilst enjoying music out of doors. But more importantly, like the first robin of spring — nevermind that San Francisco didn't actually get a winter this year — Another Planet Entertainment has officially delivered the lineup for this year's Outside Lands, which will run Aug. 7 through 9 in Golden Gate Park. (Full lineup both here and below.)
[jump] While we can't remember a time when the lineup was actually disappointing, this is the first time we've yelped out loud upon seeing an artist's name. Specifically: D'Angelo. D'Angelo, who canceled at the last minute when he was scheduled to appear in 2013, and who APE head booker Allen Scott says “wanted to make good” on that promise.
Other highlights: Kendrick Lamar, who's hotter than just about anybody right now thanks to this week's challenging To Pimp a Butterfly. This year's Paul McCartney takes the form of Elton John, in what promises to be a spectacular sing-along moment. St. Vincent and Unknown Mortal Orchestra will both be interesting to see in this setting. Wilco returns for its second Outside Lands appearance, after playing the inaugural fest in 2008, while the Black Keys pop up on the list for the third time.
A solid showing of local acts includes Toro y Moi, Giraffage, The Family Crest, the currently on-fire Fantastic Negrito, The Sam Chase, the Tropics, and more.
Three-day GA and VIP wristbands go on sale this Thursday, March 26 at 10 a.m. on the Outside Lands website, and we recommend hustling over there pretty darn quickly if you want to get in on the fun. Scott noted that wristbands will replace tickets this year in an effort to crack down on scammers, who struck hard last year with counterfeit tickets.
A three-day GA wristband is $325 plus fees, and a three-day VIP wristband is $695, which is probably nothing to you if you're one of the approximately 30,000 people who will travel from somewhere else in the country to attend this thing. A percentage of the sales will go toward the city's Recreation and Park Department, as always; Scott says last year that percentage was $2.4 million.
The fest will roll out the (always extravagant) food and drink lineups in the next week or two, so stay tuned. Until then:
Outside Lands 2015
Mumford & Sons
The Black Keys
Axwell / Ingrosso
D’Angelo and The Vanguard
Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals
The Devil Makes Three
First Aid Kit
Toro Y Moi
Lake Street Dive
Angus & Julia Stone
St. Paul and The Broken Bones
Green Velvet & Claude VonStroke: Get Real
Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe
Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Langhorne Slim & The Law
Hurray for the Riff Raff
The Family Crest
Strand of Oaks
Alex Bleeker & The Freaks
The Sam Chase
What do you think of the lineup? Let us know in the comments.