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Festival Review: CoS at Outside Lands 2012

on August 13, 2012, 10:59pm
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outside lands 2012 Festival Review: CoS at Outside Lands 2012

In all my years as a festie, I’ve never been to a festival where gloves seemed like a perfectly sound idea. But San Francisco defies the logic of California (as comedian Marcus Monroe put it, “It’s summer, so tell your fucking city that”), with cool days and downright cold evenings. Still, the City by the Bay plays one hell of a host. Coming from Boston, the honest politeness of the people here was shockingly apparent from the moment I stepped onto the BART. With sunny skies above, it was a warm welcome to the weekend ahead.

Of course, that warmth was largely emotional inside of Golden Gate Park. It was like crossing the boundaries of climates themselves to walk from the sunny streets to the foggy park. The wooded paths may have gotten dusty, but with a circus revue to entertain and Third Man Records’ rolling record store to host secret Jack White shows, it was a trek you were willing to make. It also cut down the travel between Lands End and Twin Peaks, which often caused the biggest conflict: Do you run to catch MSTRKRFT before Neil Young, or queue up for a better spot?

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Photo by Ted Maider

With one of the best lineups of the year, what ended up being most conflicting was when and where you would eat. San Francisco is well known for treating foodies right, and the festival’s offerings filled the park with too many tantalizing treats to possibly try them all. The addition of Outside Lambs back by Choco Lands (how good do both of those things sound?) provided some of the best meals of the weekend, with food trucks spread throughout the grounds giving you tasty options wherever you were.

There was a lot to see at Outside Lands Music Festival and a lot of music to catch, but it never felt entirely overwhelming. It’s exceedingly well organized, with swift lines everywhere and quite the courteous staff. Sure, people snuck in and fences were pulled down to bypass some of the more crowded pathways, but vibes remained highly positive. And that went a long way in keeping an unprepared out-of-towner like me warm through the cool days. That, and some pretty incredible tuneage.

-Ben Kaye
Assistant News Editor

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MUSIC GUY
August 14, 2012 at 10:14 pm

THAT WAS ACTUALLY LARS FINBERG THAT WAS ROCKING SO HARD DURING THEE OH SEES SET.

Jeremy
August 14, 2012 at 9:22 pm

Was there all three days and your write up was my exp. Day 2 was incredible. I’m only sad I missed Metallica, but Sigur Ros in the fog and mist completely blew me away.

Random male
August 14, 2012 at 9:39 am

Despite chilly weather? I would kill to go to a festival with weather that didn’t drain the life out of me.

Cameron Bowman
August 13, 2012 at 11:42 pm

excellent write up and your takes are pretty right on for the most part. You are totally right about the crappy sound at Justice’s set and how amazing Jack White’s is light. But two points 1) Regina Spektor set was weak and I can’t believe you were crying for her giggly little act and 2) Franz Ferdinand was so much better than your review gives them credit..Other than Stevie Wonder no one really got the crowd as fired up at the main stage..I’m even including bands like Foo fighters who were awesome..it was a big giant, dancing, singing, love fest while they were on..you should have come and cried with us there..I would have totally hugged it out with you bro..

Evan Lummer
August 13, 2012 at 11:49 pm

Agree, Franz Ferdinand were absolutely terrific

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