Outside Lands Now Requiring Proof of Vaccination for Attendees

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Tame Impala at Outside Lands 2015.  (Wendy Goodfriend)

If you want to see Tame Impala, Lizzo or The Strokes light up San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park at Outside Lands in October, you’ll need to bring proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test alongside your tickets and clear plastic backpacks.

“Our most important role as festival producers is to provide a safe environment during Outside Lands weekend,” reads the festival’s statement announcing the policy change. “Vaccinations are strongly encouraged to protect from the spread of COVID-19.”

Earlier in the year, Outside Lands announced it would postpone the festival from its traditional August date until October’s Halloween weekend out of an abundance of caution for developments in the pandemic. Though an outdoor festival like Outside Lands doesn’t have to comply with San Francisco’s new vaccine mandate for public indoor spaces, the new restrictions mirror the Bay Area live music scene’s voluntary acceptance of safety measures in light of the spread of the Delta variant of COVID-19.

Performers at this year’s Outside Lands include Bay Area stars like Kehlani and 24kGoldn and big names like J Balvin, Vampire Weekend and Young Thug. Other guests include rap sensation Rico Nasty, psychedelic aficionados Khruangbin and avant-pop star Caroline Polachek.

Outside Lands runs Oct. 29 to 31. Details here.