Outside Lands Festival Dates Announced

Okay, so it happened earlier this week, I am remiss in my reporting duties. The dates only have been posted. No hint as to headliners or other acts. August 28th through 30th, 2009.

When I look at my calendar, my real one, the one that has music festivals and holidays and other important dates to me listed on it, I see it is exactly the same as it was last year. Weekend of music festival in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, and then at midnight plus one minute, Burning Man gates officially open out in the desert north of Reno, in Black Rock City, Nevada. This is especially good for all those attendees to Burning Man who complain about the constant dance music only playing on the Playa. Get your fill of rock and indie and alternative musicians at Outside Lands, then hop in a car and head east when it is done. I have noticed with the advent of satellite radio, there is a little more variety in the music on the playa, but who really wants to be using the battery of their car for a week to power the satellite radio just to cover up what they don’t want to hear? I’d be worried about my car battery being dead at the end of the week. Besides, Burning Man has its own radio station broadcasting 24/7 that plays plenty that isn’t dance music. You can sit outside the radio station and listen for hours, they even put out couches and shade to accomodate listeners. Or the cafe, with its artists and musicians performing all hours of the event. Take your pick. There are other choices. Happy for me, I like dance music and rock and alternative and indie. It’s all good to me. And I always camp on the outskirts of Black Rock City, so I can sleep the night through without having to wear ear plugs to block the music and flame throwers and other festivities.

Anyway, all I’m saying, is with Outside Lands Festival and then Burning Man, that’s one long week of music and celebratory vibes in the San Francisco area. I’m so glad they did not schedule the one and the other to compete for the same weekend.

Outside Lands Festival 2008 Main Stage Area

Outside Lands Festival 2008 Main Stage Area

However, that being said, I don’t know what Outside Lands could possibly do to improve the venue. It is held in Golden Gate Park, so the landscaping is sort of non-negotiable. The festival was fine (except for the sound cutting out repeatedly when Radiohead played), and the stages were definitely far enough away from one another to have no sound bleed between artists, but the bottlenecks! Man, that was tough. There are three distinct stage areas, with two stages each, and food, atms, port-a-potties and other things, so each area is quite self sufficient. That was definitely nice and well thought out, but the entrances to each area were not designed for thousands of people to pass quickly from one area to another. They also involved inclines. So definitely not handicap friendly. The upshot was if you wanted to be front and center for a particular artist on a different stage in a different performance area, give yourself plenty of time to get hither and yon. Like, maybe even a half an hour!

Me, preferring to be in the back of a crowd and with plenty of room all around me, found the hills to be useful, as you could stand way in the back, above the crowd, and the sound still carries fine AND you can see the stage. Just remember to bring warmth with you, as the winds from the nearby ocean come up once the sun sets, and it gets chilly.

Oh, but I forgot. I still haven’t bought my ticket for Burning Man, so therefore I am officially still not going this year.

Yeah, right.

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One Response to “Outside Lands Festival Dates Announced”

  1. gary Says:

    GO SARAH GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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