Outside Lands 2017 Was Cold, Foggy and Fun AF
With skies full of fog riding an intense, oh-so-San Francisco marine layer all weekend, festival-goers at Outside Lands had no choice but to battle the weather by bundling up, huddling together, keeping warm with craft beers and gourmet comfort food, and enjoying the music.
Over the course of three days last weekend, an immense and diverse array of acts attracted a few hundred thousand attendees to Golden Gate Park with all kinds of tuneage, from the soulful, synth rock of Future Islands, to the smooth beats of up-and-coming hip-hop artist Noname, to the powerful performance art of Solange, the genius world music fusion of Khruangbin and Bomba Estereo, the soaring pop of Lorde, the hilarious foodie raps of Action Bronson, the epic, teeth-grinding riffs of Metallica, the iconic anthems of The Who, and everything in between. Surprises popped up every once in a while, like Del The Funky Homosapien jumping on stage with Dan the Automator, DJ Qbert, and Kool Keith for a #rare Dr. Octagon set, or Gorillaz bringing up everyone on stage from Pusha T to Little Dragon, or A Tribe Called Quest canceling altogether.
Festival-goers prevailed by doing what San Francisco does best: eat and drink. Over 25 local craft breweries and dozens of regional wineries poured their best, while the Bay Area's inimitable food scene was repped by acres of restaurant booths cooking up everything from Malaysian nachos to Hong Kong-style bubble tea to ramen burgers, not to mention Baconlands and Chocolands, two areas dedicated to total foodie decadence.
As the sun went down, with trees gilded by colored lights and enshrouded by fog, attendees danced harder and sang louder to stave off the chilly San Francisco summer nights (we don't call it Fog-ust for nothing). Throughout the festival, artists like Metallica, Cage The Elephant, Khruangbin and others espoused messages of love, inclusivity and tolerance from on stage, as a way to help us all escape the terrible political woes of the weekend and immerse ourselves fully in the chilly, foggy, ecstatic glory that is Outside Lands.
Enjoy our photos by associate editor Adrian Spinelli below.
The most iconic totem of them all. Photo by: Adrian Spinelli
San Fermin trumpeter, John Brandon. Photo by: Adrian Spinelli
Khruangbin's Laura Lee. Photo by: Adrian Spinelli
Lobster roll from Woodhouse Fish Co! Photo by: Adrian Spinelli
Sofi Tukker. Photo by: Adrian Spinelli
Bomba Estéreo's Liliana Saumet. Photo by: Adrian Spinelli
Metallica. Photo by: Adrian Spinelli