The Outside Lands Music Festival is one of the fastest growing festivals in the US. It has all the necessities a good festival requires: music, art, food and passionate fans. Add in to the mix that sunny San Francisco is becoming a destination for some of the biggest artists in the game, and this is one hot ticket.
Back in 2008, the headliners were Radiohead, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and Jack Johnson. Although those are established names in the music industry, there was a lack of depth, and the headliners have vastly improved over the past 8 years. In 2016, Radiohead has remained, but will be joined by LCD Soundsystem, Lionel Richie, J. Cole and Lana Del Rey.
Those names alone want to make me buy a ticket. Also boasting an art gallery, 79 food vendors and an intimate dining experience with a New Orleans style brass band, there is nowhere else you’d want to be August 5th-7th.
One of the best parts about any major music festival is being there live to discover the next artist that will go mainstream and make it big in the music industry. There are definitely some worthy candidates on the lengthy line up for the festival. Some bands and artists stick out on talent alone, others you just have to see their name to believe someone could actually come up with it. We’ll do our research and steer you in the right direction to see the next up and coming acts that Outside Lands has to offer.
Oh Wonder – Sunday, August 7th, 1:15 PM (Electronic, Indie, R&B)
From the first second I heard this band there was no wondering about whether they were good or not. Oh Wonder is a duo on the rise from Southeast London, and is making waves now that they have taken their talents overseas. Oh Wonder definitely has that indie vibe, and they mix it with electronic sounds and R&B rhythms that make their music hard to turn off. Josephine Vander Gucht and Anthony West formed the band in 2012. The first song they wrote together was “Body Gold,” and let the song sit for 18 months before anonymously posting it to SoundCloud. Within a few weeks the song had over 100,000 plays and the two of them decided it was a good idea that they stick together. “Without You” is a great example of their sound, but be careful, I’ve already hit replay about four or five times.
Jauz – Saturday, August 6th, 5:15 PM (Remix Specialist)
A descendant of the Zedd, Skrillex and Diplo lineage, Jauz is ready to break out at Outside Lands Music Festival. Jauz’s real name is Sam Vogel, and the 22 year old based out of LA is making 2016 the year we’ll remember the name Jauz. Jauz has remixed songs such as “Sing,” by Ed Sheeran and “3005,” by Childish Gambino. His motto, “Music has no boundaries,” is evident no matter which song you pick from his collection of remixes. All will want to make to run to the nearest night club so press play with caution. This will definitely be a packed lawn when Jauz takes the stage at Outside Lands Music Festival. Here’s a sample of one of his original tracks.
Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats – Friday, August 5th, 6:30 PM (Soul)
Okay the name is weird, I’ll give you that, but if you look through the line up of the Outside Lands Music Festival and scroll by these guys based on their name alone (like I almost did) then you are making a big mistake. Close your eyes and you’re back in the 1960s. The large ensemble band that is The Night Sweats are great accompanists to the raspy, boisterous voice of Nathaniel Rateliff. They hum, clap and strum musical fusion while Rateliff takes care of the rest. Their soulful sound will be a unique change of pace at Outside Lands Music Festival, and if you wander by during their set it will be hard to keep on walking. “S.O.B.” was the band’s first big hit and got major play on indie radio stations, but check this song out and check them out at the Outside Lands Music Festival to see if the soulful group has what it takes to get to the next level.
Wet – Friday, August 5th, 2:30 PM (Emo, Pop)
The last band you need to see at Outside Lands Music Festival will probably be one of the first to take the stage. Wet, a trio formed in New York City in 2012 had a breakout year in 2015 and are looking to keep that success going by continuing to get their name out there. Another emo/pop band that used the Spotify and SoundCloud route to initial fame has become well-respected in the industry very quickly. Complex, a respected music magazine, recognized one of the bands first singles, entitled, “Weak” as one of the best songs of 2015. PopCrush also proclaimed the band to be among “Best New Artists for 2015” as well. All accolades aside, the raw emotion that comes from Wet is powerful, and is one of the reasons why the band is poised to continue their early success. Kelly Zutrau has a versatile voice and multi-instrumentalists Joe Valle and Marty Sulkow round out the band perfectly.
Find tickets to Outside Lands Music Festival right here at TicketNetwork. This can’t-miss festival goes down on the weekend of August 5th, and should be one of the best weekends of the summer in California.