Golden Gate Park hosts the Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival again this year, and the experience seems to be much better this time around for the now two-year event.
Being green is a very big theme for Outside Lands, with public transportation and zero waste being stressed for all of its festival-goers. Getting to the park isn't so hard so much as getting to the festival entrances is — an always stressful experience with the lack of signs still plaguing eager fans.
An uncharacteristically hot San Francisco day didn’t help things.
This of course pushed my schedule further out, which made me miss festival openers Autolux and West Indian Girl. Artist and band names are displayed on their respective stages that help clarify things for the uninformed and definitely for those that need a constant reminder.
My first band of the festival was Built To Spill, who immediately began laying into their set. Surprisingly, there were a lot of people out to see them play at the relatively early 2:30 performance. Built to Spill played a lot of fan favorites, and even a couple from their soon-to-be-released seventh full-length album There Is No Enemy.
Because of a slight overlap, I trekked late to see San Francisco-native trio The Dodos. It was refreshing to see so much energy from a young band that seemed pretty stoked to be playing for a large hometown crowd.
Los Angeles indie rockers Silversun Pickups came next and didn’t hesitate to please the audience with their radio hits like “Lazy Eye” and “Well Thought Out Twinkles.” I developed a better appreciation for the band, now that I’ve finally have seen them perform live with all of that energy. Brian Aubert was pretty ecstatic to be there, confessing his personal love for Built To Spill.