Another Planet Entertainment rolled out the very lengthy lineup for the 9th annual Outside Lands music festival this morning, and it is a doozy. Rumored headliners Radiohead and LCD Soundsystem are indeed now officially confirmed headliners for the fest, which takes place Aug. 5-7 in Golden Gate Park. Meanwhile, the traditional Sunday night "legacy act" spot went to none other than Lionel Richie -- who, for the young'uns, put out a hit record called "Hello" four years before Adele was born.
If you aren't among the people who doled out $350 to buy early-bird tickets before even seeing the lineup, you can peruse the whole bill below at your leisure in order to make an educated decision. But first, a few quick notes that are not about the headliners (you may already be experiencing some feelings around those):
- Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem. AKA the Muppets' house band. I knew the Muppets were on something of a reboot bonanza this year (in fact I keep pretty close tabs on most things Muppet-related, shut up), but even I didn't see this one coming. It's only a shame this addition couldn't have been better coordinated with last year's Elton John set, for a reprise of this classic.
- It's been my impression that APE has been trying to make up for last year's fiasco with Fantastic Negrito (the artist's set was cancelled due to him being detained, purportedly rather roughly, by SFPD officers after a member of his crew allegedly scalped tickets) for, well, the past year -- they threw him an admission-free show at the Independent, etc. -- so his inclusion in this lineup is no surprise. Which is not to say it's isn't deserved: I caught a live set of his last month and the band's only gotten better. Something tells me they'll be getting VIP treatment this time around.
- Kamasi Washington, people. Kamasi Washington.
- Hope Oakland's own shining star Kehlani is in good health by August following her recent hospitalization. We're rooting for her.
- Vulfpeck is amazing. Deeply weird, hilarious, vastly underrated. Here:
- Without tallying, I want to say the gender breakdown is slightly less upsetting than usual? (To clarify: This is not just an Outside Lands problem, it's a festival problem; it's a music industry problem.) Regardless, Peaches, Grimes, Lana del Rey, and Hiatus Kaiyote -- whose live show at another festival also recently blew me away -- will all be interesting to see in this setting.
- Bay Area artists: Kehlani, Rogue Wave, Con Brio, Fantastic Negrito, um, Third Eye Blind.
Apparently the fest will be rolling out its sizable comedy and food offerings at a later date, so stay tuned for more weird branded cross-promos like, I dunno, maybe Anderson .Paak throwing cold-pressed juice at people. Here's the full music lineup, in the meantime.