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Published: 2012/08/22
by Wesley Hodges

Outside Lands, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA – 8/10-12


While enjoying the final moments of the festival at Stevie Wonder, Thomas Johnson of FUTUREBIRDS remarked that Outside Lands was his favorite festival experience of them all, and, considering his band has now appeared at Bonnaroo, ACL, Lollapalooza and Forecastle over the last year, Johnson knows a thing or two about the modern festival landscape. It’s hard to disagree, even knowing that in-the-moment festival glow can make such a happening difficult to accurately assess. But as life oscillates back to normalcy, one thing is abundantly clear: there is something enchanting and truly unique that makes Outside Lands a must-visit and an American gem.


(1) Metallica > Sigur Ros > Metallica
(2) Bomba Estereo
(3) Tame Impala
(4) Santigold
(5) Antibalas
(6) Reggie Watts

Bonus Round: FUTUREBIRDS and White Denim late night on Friday at the Brick & Mortar Music Hall.

Must-Eat: Hawaiian Poke from Pacific Catch Tent and Fried Pickle Chips from Fabulous Frickle Brothers.

Must-Drink: Pacific Brewing Labs Squid Ink, Black IPA, mmmm tasty and a cool name to boot.

Jolt: Plain ole coffee was in extremely high demand over the weekend as the lines at Philz Coffee were the longest I saw, building like clockwork once temperatures dropped.

Go Global: Malaysian vegan nachos from Azalina’s were among the worldly delights and healthy alternatives to normal festival fare that were around every corner in Golden Gate Park.

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