Photos And Review | Outside Lands Day Two | San Francisco

Words by: Eric Podolsky and Scott Bernstein

Images by: Joe Russo and Susan Weiand

Outside Lands - Day Two :: 08.10.13 :: Golden Gate Park :: San Francisco, CA

Full review below photo gallery!

Head here for thoughts and images from Day One.

Susan Weiand's Photos From Day Two:

Scott's Introduction:

I'm sure it's easy for Bay Area music fans to take having Outside Lands in your backyard for granted, but as someone from outside the area who attended the event for the first time last weekend I was blown away by the experience. You could tell fest organizers Another Planet and Superfly paid careful attention to every detail of the event from the power-packed lineup to the outstanding site design with interesting installations around every corner to the logistics of getting in and out - they do it "the right way." After a day of music in which I must've walked five miles between all the stages, concessions and installations, it was a treat to get out of the park around 10 p.m. each night to sleep in a comfortable bed and recharge my batteries for more of the same the next day. As a festival-goer who is beyond his camping days and not ready to shell out for the glamping/VIP options at the more rural festivals, the ability to sleep in a bed was a huge selling point.

[Photo by Joe Russo]

Outside Lands boasts four stages: two main stages, the beautiful off the beaten path Sutro Stage and the intimate, solar-powered Panhandle Stage. Both Eric and I are listing three musical highlights from each day and at least for me the decisions of which bands to feature were tough ones. Of the performances that just missed the cut for making my list of highlights, I was particularly impressed by James McCartney's Neil Young-meets-Neil Finn originals, Thao & The Get Down Stay Down's hard-hitting and incredibly-infectious tunage and the massive sound (especially for a small band) of Milo Greene.

Outside Lands isn't without its faults, but in its six years those few issues remaining are mostly out of the control of the festival's organizers such as the long walks between stages (any chance of building a monorail?) that makes the decision of which band to see a major commitment. It's nearly impossible to jump around from stage-to-stage quickly, so you better be sure of your decision. Besides the music, one of the best things OSL has going for it is the food. Organizers bring a number of San Francisco's famed food trucks and vendors out to the park, giving attendees many options to choose from. Between the delicious Fried Mac & Cheese Sticks to a ridiculously good S'Mores Bar at a vendor in Choco Lands to Big Chef Tom's savory Pork Belly Burger Animal Style, I've never ate better at a music festival. All in all, Outside Lands '13 was a wonderful experience that I'll never forget.

Read on for Eric and Scott's highlights from Day Two as well as Joe Russo's photos.

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