With the 2017 Outside Lands Music Festival opening today, you’re likely busy trying to map out your three-day musical adventure. Boasting six consecutive sold-out years and celebrating the 10-year of anniversary of San Francisco’s biggest music, food, wine, beer, art and comedy party, this year’s festival isn’t one to miss.
Running Aug. 11-13, the fest features three days’ worth of adventures at Golden Gate Park. It’s hard to pick out just which acts to catch with the immense catalog of artists on the bill. With seven different stages and 70 acts, including Metallica, The Who and Gorillaz, we picked a few must-see artists for you to catch at this year’s festival — aside from each night’s headliner that needs no introduction.
Cage the Elephant
Why you should catch them: Festivals always warn you line-ups are subject to change before you purchase tickets. Granted, that still didn’t prepare anyone for Queens of the Stone Age to drop off the bill two weeks before Outside Lands. Luckily the band wasn’t replaced by just anyone and indie-rockers Cage the Elephant are set to fill in. It almost seems like a miracle that festival organizers were able to add the group so last minute, after all, Cage the Elephant are already hitting a number of notable music festivals this summer such as New York’s Governors Ball, Chicago’s Lollapalooza and Life Is Beautiful in Downtown Vegas.
Though it’s a bummer Queens of the Stone Age won’t be making the festival, Cage the Elephant’s set won’t be one to miss.
Song you hope they play: Close your eyes and get transported to an alien planet. The song “Come a Little Closer” is best described as a day trip of hazy guitar riffs and catchy hooks, basically a good time all around.
Song you might know: If you haven’t heard the song “Ain’t No Rest for the Wicked,” you’ve probably been hiding under a rock. Chances are you’ve heard it on the radio, or on a number of TV shows, including “The Vampire Diaries,” or maybe even over the speakers during a late night trip to Safeway.
Recommended if you like: Young The Giant, Portugal. The Man, Local Natives.
Why you should catch her: Madonna pushed boundaries in the ‘80s. She was provocative and unafraid to sing about sex and promiscuity, and wore whatever the heck she wanted regardless of what people thought.
She brought something new to mainstream culture and forever changed pop music, much like Swedish singer Tove Lo is currently doing. Her first album, “Queen of the Clouds,” featured provocative catchy tunes where the singer spoke of getting high to forget her heartache and defying traditional expectations of beauty.
Her newest album, “Lady Wood.” explores darker themes and is accompanied by a short film titled “Fairy Dust.“ The video follows her through a journey of dependency on drugs, relationships with both men and women, as well as a destructive co-dependent relationship that leads to the death of a lover.
It’s for these very reasons Tove Lo will be remembered as a pop legend years from now and is a must-see at this year’s Outside Lands.
Song you hope she plays: As the opening track to Tove Lo’s second album Lady Wood, the song “Influence” has a pretty good chance of making her set list.
When: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Aug. 11-13
Where: Golden Gate Park, San Francisco
Admission: $149- $795