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If You Go

What: Outside Lands

When: 11 a.m. - 10 p.m., Friday- Sunday

Where: Golden Gate Park, San Francisco

Admission: $149- $795

Information: sfoutsidelands.com

For the first time in its history, the Bay Area’s yearly music festival at Golden Gate Park has ended a 10-year streak of male headliners and booked female headliners for two of the three nights of the 2018 Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival.

This year, both the legendary Janet Jackson and Florence and the Machine lead by vocalist Florence Welch appear alongside Canadian producer The Weekend on the bill. It’s a welcome change after 45 international music festivals pledged to have a 50-50 gender balance on their lineups by 2022.

And since five years is a long time to wait for the rest of U.S. festivals to get it together, here is a list of five women (playing earlier in the day) who are must sees this year.

Janelle Monáe

If there is one act you should not miss this year, it’s Janelle Monáe, making her first foray into music since her 2013 concept album, “The Electric Lady.” After taking the acting world by storm with roles in “Moonlight” and “Hidden Figures,” her latest record, “Dirty Computer,” debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top R&B charts, and reminded us all thatmusic is where she sparkles most.With “Dirty Computer,” the songwriter has become a beacon of light for anyone struggling with their sexuality. The record not only speaks of her personal experiences but serves as a way for others to see they aren’t alone.

“I want young girls, young boys, nonbinary, gay, straight, queer people who are having a hard time dealing with their sexuality, dealing with feeling ostracized or bullied for just being their unique selves, to know that I see you,” Monáe told Rolling Stone earlier this year.

And based on her six Grammy nominations and a slew of upcoming sold-out shows, you should see her, too.

Plays: 4:40 p.m., Sunday, Lands End Stage.

Song to check out: If Prince’s “Kiss” is on your list of favorite songs, “Make Me Feel” is sure to bring a smile to your face. Before he died, The Purple One himself collaborated on the song with Monáe.

Jessie Reyez

As the daughter of Colombian immigrants, Jessie Reyez spent her childhood in Toronto singing and learning to play guitar from her father. It’s the same two sets of skills she uses to share snippets of her life and move you to tears.

Her latest release, “Body Count,” about independence outside of romantic relationships, is a refreshing expression of self-love. Other songs, like “Gatekeeper,” are raw and confront a past abuser in a documentary-style music video where she speaks of the struggles of breaking into the music industry and the sexism she encountered during her early career.

Though Reyez released her debut EP just last year, her songs tell a lifetime of stories and are well worth an early wake-up call to catch her set.

Plays: 12:40 p.m., Saturday, Twin Peaks Stage.

Song to check out: With “Figures,” Reyez demonstrates how pure her music is. One listen to this song will leave you smitten, crying or both.

LP

Laura Pergolizzi (AKA, LP) has written some of the biggest pop hits of our time, even if you don’t know she penned them.

Starting her career writing songs for the likes of Rihanna, the Backstreet Boys and Christina Aguilera, the New York songwriter has built a cult following with her rock ‘n’ roll attitude and pop edge.

If You Go

What: Outside Lands

When: 11 a.m. - 10 p.m., Friday- Sunday

Where: Golden Gate Park, San Francisco

Admission: $149- $795

Information: sfoutsidelands.com

Often times, Pergolizzi’s songs channel artists like Bob Dylan or Joan Jett as far as swagger and craftsmanship go, and four albums later, she has built a reputation for putting on one of the liveliest shows you’ll see. Make sure to catch her set of powerful pipes, soulful lyrics and an impressive talent for whistling.

Plays: 4:55 p.m., Sunday, Sutro Stage.

Song to check out: “Lost on You” is one of the most relatable break-up songs written, so much so that the music video has more than 200 million plays on YouTube.

Billie Eilish

Billie Eilish has created a unique blend of electronic, pop and hip-hop that immediately draws you in. At 16, Eilish only has one 28-minute EP and a handful of singles, but one listen to her music makes it easy to see Eilish is wise beyond her years. She kicked off her career by gaining a mass following on social media after releasing her first single, “ocean eyes.”

Her soft voice and bold lyrics have landed Eilish slots at renowned festivals like New York’s Governors Ball, Bonnaroo in Tennessee and a spot on the main stage at Outside Lands this year. During her short career, she has already collaborated with big names like Khalid and Vince Staples without having completed a full-length album. She is a must see before tickets to see her become impossible to afford.

Plays: 3:35 p.m., Friday, Lands End Stage.

Song to check out: “&burn,” featuring Vince Staples, is pure gold, and if there is a surprise guest at this year’s Outside Lands, I hope it’s Staples, because the song is just that good.

Olivia O’Brien

Whether you remember Olivia O’Brien as a former Napa resident or noticed her vocals in the song “i hate you, i love you” with gnash, there is no denying her voice is electrifying. Though the song earned the North Bay star more than 600 millions of plays on Spotify, her talents extend past her collaborations.

If you’ve kept up with O’Brien’s music since her move to Los Angeles, you know her EP, “It’s Not That Deep,” is full of beautifully written songs that despite the title tackle serious issues like fear of commitment in the song “No Love” and self medicating to handle depression in “Empty.”

It’s a rare treat to see her play in the Bay Area these days, so make sure to catch her if you can.

Plays: 2:55 p.m., Friday, Panhandle Stage.

Song to check out: O’Brien’s latest single “RIP” featuring G-Eazy and Drew love is a must hear.

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