Photos And Review | Outside Lands Day One | San Francisco

Words by: Eric Podolsky and Scott Bernstein

Images by: Joe Russo and Susan Weiand

Outside Lands - Day One :: 08.09.13 :: Golden Gate Park :: San Francisco, CA

Full review below photo gallery!

Joe Russo's Photos From Day One:

Eric's Introduction:

In this modern era of the super-festival, it seems like every year there are increasingly bigger and more epic events popping up. This current festival arms race of sorts makes it a very good time to be a music fan, particularly in the Bay Area, where the wealth of urban music festivals is spoiling its residents rotten with a constant stream of amazing music. With such a competitive festival landscape, some festivals have had their day and slipped away, but Outside Lands is one mega-event that has thrived and grown stronger over its six-year existence. This is in part due to its logistically ideal Golden Gate Park location (the birthplace of all rock festivals), but it can mostly be attributed to the festival's go-big-or-go-home attitude when it comes to booking massive headliners.

[Photo by Joe Russo]

This year, Outside Lands organizers swung for the fences, assembling a top-heavy lineup of heavy hitters guaranteed to please even the most jaded of festival-goers, regardless of the freezing San Francisco weather that plagues the event every year. One can only imagine how much more joyous this weekend in the park would be if it wasn't perpetually shrouded in fog. But no matter, all three days sold out again thanks to a dream lineup. And let's not forget an amazing gourmet food and drink selection (lamb poutine!) that is setting a new benchmark for how festival-goers should be fed. Learning from years past, I completely avoided the Panhandle Stage at the far end of the grounds, as the long trek back and forth wastes both precious time and energy in a weekend where you need every bit of both you can get. With so much music to see, I was still completely worn out by Sunday evening. (If you're not totally spent by the end of this festival, you're doing it wrong.) Long live Outside Lands, in all it's sprawling glory!

Read on for Eric and Scott's highlights from Day One as well as Susan Weiand's photos.

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