There are A LOT of music festivals in the US: Coachella (which happens this weekend for those of you lucky enough to have a ticket/pass/friends/luck), Bonnaroo, Sasquatch, South by Southwest, and so on. Many of the bands overlap on multiple festivals, which makes it pretty hard for one to stand out over the others sometimes.
Yes, Coachella has arguably the most eclectic lineup out there year in and year out, but this year's Outside Lands isn't any slouch itself.
Headlining the affair, which will go down at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, CA on August 12-14, are Muse, Phish (playing two sets) and The Arcade Fire.
Also on the lengthy bill are the Black Keys, The Decemberists, the Roots, Deadmau5, MGMT, Arctic Monkeys, Big Audio Dynamite, and John Fogerty.
Just look at the poster atop this article to view the entire lineup.
As you should be well aware if you've been paying any attention to what I write here, I love The Stone Foxes. The San Francisco band will grace the side stage at Outside Lands this year, having caused a stir for a couple years now in the Bay Area, at Noise Pop and SXSW. As a fan and friend of the band, I'm beyond stoked for them, as this is a tremendous opportunity for them to get massive exposure.
Tickets for the weekend go onsale this Thursday 4/14 at a discounted price, so act fast if you want in on the festivities. It should be fun, and I'm trying my hardest to make sure I finally get to my first Outside Lands.
Read all the fine print and other details about the festival and all the other fun stuff going on at the festival's official site.