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System of a Down, Deftones to Headline San Francisco Concert After Outside Lands

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A man screams into a microphone, while perched, hunched over, at the edge of a stage. Stage lights shine behind him.
Deftones performing in Michigan in 2022. The Sacramento rockers play Golden Gate Park on Aug. 17, 2024. (Scott Legato/ Getty Images))

Deftones, System of a Down and The Mars Volta will play in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park this August, inaugurating a new annual event on the same site as the Outside Lands music festival.

The one-day concert will take place in Golden Gate Park’s Polo Fields on Aug. 17, 2024 for an audience of up to 65,000 people. The lineup also includes Swedish punks Viagra Boys and Australian industrial rockers VOWWS. The concert is expected to be the only West Coast date for System of a Down in 2024 outside of this month’s Sick New World festival in Las Vegas.

Presented by Another Planet Entertainment, which also produces Outside Lands, the single-stage concert will take place on the weekend following Outside Lands. The concert’s proximity to Outside Lands means it will utilize much of the infrastructure from the weekend before, not unlike the country music-oriented Stagecoach festival, which takes place in Indio on the weekend following Coachella, or Napa’s Latin-music themed Festival La Onda, which this year follows the BottleRock music festival.

Tickets for the festival are priced at $169 for general admission and $399 for VIP tickets plus fees. VIP guests will get expedited entry and have access to a closer views of the stage, lounges and upgraded bathrooms. Tickets officially go on sale on April 12, but Another Planet’s presale starts on April 11 at 10 a.m. using the presale code golden.

Deftones and VOWWS last appeared in San Francisco together at a sold-out show at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in April 2022 — a concert that was twice delayed by the COVID pandemic. Though Sacramento heroes Deftones are well-versed in playing for huge crowds at European festivals like Rock Am Ring and Reading/Leeds, this will be their biggest Bay Area concert to date.


The concert is the first to be produced under Another Planet’s newly formed Golden Gate Park Concerts banner. In September of 2023, San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors approved additional concerts in Golden Gate Park, with the stipulation that Another Planet produce three free concerts at the Civic Center, Union Square and the Embarcadero. The city also granted Another Planet exclusive rights to producing ticketed concerts in Golden Gate Park.

“We are excited to be bringing such an iconic lineup to the city,” Allen Scott, Another Planet’s president of concerts and festivals, said in a statement. “We are expecting fans from not just the Bay Area but from across the US and internationally.”

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