August 7, 2011

Outside Lands 2011 - Friday Preview

Welcome back for the Second Annual Outside Lands Preview. As we have discussed before, getting the most out of a multi-day music and arts festival can be a tricky task for the unacquainted. It is essential to plan ahead and schedule out each day so you can see who you want to see and do what you want to do without getting bogged down by the crowds, exhaustion and the booze. Again, Awmercy and I have attempted to make the day as easy as possible for you. This is, of course, written from our perspective however. Good luck.

Friday, August 12

Friday is by far the easiest day to organize. In addition to the crowds always being more manageable, the lineup at one stage in particular melds together nicely. The Sutro stage is where we would recommend setting up camp for the bulk of the afternoon. 

Release The Sunbird (12:00 - 12:40) - You can take the boy outta the Rogue Wave, but you can't take the Rogue Wave outta the boy. Zach Rogue, former frontman and namesake of Rogue Wave, moved on to start a new band called Release the Sunbird, and, well, it sounds very similar to Rogue Wave. Perhaps a bit more folky and acoustic, the recently release album is very good. Despite the newness of the band, I have no doubts that they will open the weekend like pros. Check out some recently released tunes here & here

The Joy Formidable (1:10 - 1:55) - Get ready to rock with this catchy North Wales trio. This band was meant to be played loud and I'm sure translates well to the outdoor expanse of Golden Gate Park. Should be a fun set. Check out a killer video here.

Phantogram (2:25 - 3:10) - More heavy bass-lines and sexy female vocals for those who felt a 45 minute set from The Joy Formidable just wasn't enough. Electro tunes and sultry vocals will have you swaying on your blanket. Personally, I think this is smaller venue music, but that's just me. Video it up here.

Foster The People (3:40 - 4:30) - By now the Sutro stage area should be heavily packed with men in tight jeans and woman with thick bushy bangs. This will make for a pleasant atmosphere to dance it out to a band that is on fire right now with their catchy electo-dance beats, care-free vibe and summer jammy jam vocals. Dance it out here.

Ellie Goulding (5:00 - 5:50) - Oh, hey Ellie Goulding is coming on... time to check out the food options and walk around. 

Big Boi (6:20 - 7:20) - How can you miss Big Boi? You and I both know this will be awesome. 

Following a solid 7+ hours at the Sutro stage, you’ll have half an hour to wander over to the Panhandle Stage for the fantastically beachy, southern California pop artists Best Coast (7:50 - 8:35). Then cap off the first day with The Shins (8:40 - 9:50), as the Panhandle Stage and Twin Peaks stages are just a short jog from each other and hopefully all the slow moving elders will have shipped off to see Phish (we don't do Phish) at the Lands End stage accross the Polo Field.

Unfortunately, you’ll miss some quality acts in Kelley Stoltz, MGMT and The Limosines which will hurt a bit to pass up, but such is the life at a music festival.