Review: Outside Lands 2014 Goes Outside The Box


Outside Lands 2014 has proven once again that it is one of the most diverse festivals around – not only for it’s eclectic selection of musical acts, it also boasts an impressive menu of food from A Taste of Bay Area line-up, endless wine and beer selections and both visual and performance art from local artists. For three, days San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park became home to lovers of all things music, food, drinks, good times and good vibes.

Opening day brought performances by Disclosure, Chromeo, and Holy Ghost!, making the park one big dance party. After a pit stop for Homeroom’s Garlic Mac N’ Cheese and a glass of red from Wine Lands, we headed back to the Lands End main stage to end the night. Headliner Kanye West showed the sold out festival what he does best – being Kanye. After inciting a circle pit and hearing “Blood On The Leaves” a few times, Outside Lands day one was complete.

The second day of the festival featured a mix of everything – a little classic rock from Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, serious hair whipping and bass face from the uber talented sisters of Haim, beats and rhymes courtesy of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, along with a pleasant surprise same-sex marriage proposal before performing “Same Love.”

After running around Golden Gate Park for two days, it was surprising to wake up with any energy for the final day, but we pulled through, along with a few of the estimated 200,000 people who attended the festival all weekend. Australian producer and DJ Flume brought a massive crowd to the Twin Peaks stage on Sunday, playing his remixes to a sea of dancing fans. A few highlights from the last day include a psychedelic performance from The Flaming Lips (dancing rainbows and mushrooms included), an eye blinding light show while Tiësto spun hit after hit with new, catchy tunes and old favorites, and The Killers closing out the festival to a full crowd and a supermoon.

Outside Lands has exponentially grown in its seven years of making its home in San Francisco and shows no sign of slowing down. The festival has become more crowded than years past – all excited to celebrate music, culture and diversity. This is definitely not stopping us from coming back for more. Until next year, Outside Lands.

Did you make your way into the park this year for the festival? Any favorite acts?