Outside Lands Scores 10-Year Permit Renewal

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Organizers of the Outside Lands Music Festival have received a 10-year permit renewal from the city of San Franciso. The new deal will keep the multi-day music, comedy, food, drink and more experience in Golden Gate Park through 2031.

The status of the festival’s permit renewal was subject to some opposition from local residents who voiced their concerns during a recent city council meeting about noise levels. According to the SF Weekly noise complaints rose 400 percent last year, with roughly 190 people logging 245 complaints from “as distant as three miles away from the park.”

Also on the table was whether Outside Lands was exempt from the California Environmental Quality Act with protestors asking for standardized decibel limit. “2018 was a mess,” shared attorney Richard Drury, who was representing those opposed to the renewal, with SF Weekly. “There was a 400-percent spike in noise complaints … from 50 complaints to more than 200. But Outside Lands didn’t violate anything because there was nothing to violate. All we’re saying is there has to be a number.”

The city ultimately granted the 10-year renewal with no sound limits. The 2019 installment of Outside Lands will take place from August 9 – 11 and is set to feature appearances from Paul Simon, Childish Gambino, Twenty One Pilots, The Lumineers, Flume, Blink-182, Kygo, Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals, Leon Bridges, Kacey Musgraves, Lil Wayne, Hozier and more. Tickets are on sale now here.