I went to Outside Lands a couple years ago and loved it. It is a music festival in a city, but when you're there it doesn't feel like it. Golden Gate Park is huge. That picture does make things look pretty crowded, but I never felt overwhelmed by it. That is one of the side stages anyhow, the main stage is wide open. The layout of the grounds is such that it does take a long time to walk from one end to the other so that does suck, but when I was there they did a pretty good job of staggering the start times.
Parking is a joke so don't bother driving, but if you can bring one they offer free bike valet. Otherwise the bus system in SF is top notch. I stayed in a hotel a ways away from the park, but every night after the festival they had buses showing up and leaving every 5 minutes. I was very impressed. Oh, and TV On the Radio must have been staying nearby because the dude with big 'fro and beard came into the hotel bar one night. He was with a lady!
One notable difference between OL and SMF is the food. We all know how shitty the food is at the Gorge, but at Outside Lands they actually made an effort to have sustainable and healthy food vendors. Lots of veggie options, and many things were organic. Prices were about the same, but at least you got something that resembled actual food!
I am seriously considering going again this year...
I wish. I am always in the wrong place at the wrong time to see Radiohead. Except in 2003 when I moved to Vancouver the day they played Thunderbird Stadium. What a welcome it was!
I went to Outside Lands the year Pearl Jam, DMB, and Tenacious D headlined. 2009. It was supposed to be the Beasties and not the D, but that was the year MCA was diagnosed with cancer and they cancelled their shows.
Is anyone going to this awesome festival this year? I'm trying to go with a few other boarders. Its coming up in just a few months. If anyone wants to carpool/meet there/party/hostel it up. Lemme know because that would be amazing.
Last Edit: Jun 4, 2011 22:37:41 GMT -5 by z3phyr13