Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival 2012 arguably experienced its busiest day on Saturday, August 11, as thousands of people packed into Golden Gate Park on another cloudy and windy day. It seemed promising as the sun baked much of the eastern city, but Mother Nature again refused to warm the many minimally dressed males and females who lost their bet that it would be a sun-soaked day.
By waking up a bit earlier than usual on a Saturday, I was able to catch Zola Jesus at the main stage as one of the festival's starting acts. Frontwoman Nika Roza Danilova even thanked the crowd for skipping their lunch hour to see them. Danilova didn't look visibly cold, but she moved all across the stage to seemingly try to keep as warm as possible. She remarked that it was cold, but she wasn't "going to be a pussy about it." Danilova even made her way to the photo pit and handslapped lucky fans. Near the performance's end, she performed more uptempo versions of some of her songs, including "Sea Talk."
North London-based rock trio Animal Kingdom brought their bedroom rock tunes to the smaller Panhandle stage. Even though it may not have applied to me, I felt the band performed in order to persuade clothing to slowly strip away. The band performed "Everything at Once," inspired by their favorite British festival, Secret Garden Party, which they thought was eerily similar to Outside Lands. Unfortunately for San Francisco, although Britons were able to enjoy music all night long, if Outsided Lands patrons want something similar they will have to form an Occupy Movement to camp for the night. The band concluded the set with "Strange Attractor," and recommended that the song's music video be watched by those who haven't seen it yet.
Local electronic dance pop trio Geographer wowed the Twin Peaks stage with their synth-driven tunes. The audience completely enjoyed the band's style of make-out music. Lead singer Michael Deni confessed that writing and recording the band's sophomore album, Myth, involved surrounding himself with many friends and family, but that ultimately he was alone. However, he said he definitely didn't feel alone as he stared and waved to the large cheering crowd.