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Outside Lands’ 2017 Lineup: Two Days Later

on April 06, 2017, 5:01pm
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Highlights

Gorillaz

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Photo by Philip Cosores

Two weeks ago, I told Executive Editor Philip Cosores — you know, the guy whose introduction you just read — that any festival who books the Gorillaz is an immediate contender for Festival of the Year. Those are some fighting words, alright, but words I’ll still stand by, mostly because they’re arguably the most exciting act to book right now. With a new album on the way in Humanz and four singles that this writer can’t stop jamming to, the Gorillaz clearly haven’t skipped a beat, and given that their stomp has always been louder than their steps, be prepared to be blown away come August. Frontman Damon Albarn seemingly saves the best for this “side-project” of his, and the best is what you’re going to get. –Michael Roffman

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A Tribe Called Quest

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When 2017 festivals began announcing, A Tribe Called Quest was conspicuously absent from events like Coachella and Governors Ball. Though the rap group had promised to tour this year, some became concerned that this might not happen. Turns out that Tribe would be hitting the fests; they just wanted to wait until summer was in full swing. Still, the group is being selective enough that their lineup appearances feel like huge gets. And rightfully so, as they are a legendary troupe enjoying a renewed sense of interest. That makes for what is likely to be a blockbuster string of sets once their festival season gets swinging. –Philip Cosores

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Lorde

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Photo by Philip Cosores

Fun fact: Lorde is primed to own the summer. Her new single “Green Light” has not only conquered our roster of critics but the radio waves, and it’s, what, April? By August, her sophomore album, Melodrama, will be two months old, which is more than enough time for her fans to learn every single word, every single beat, and every single erratic dance of hers. Speaking of erratic dancing, Golden Gate Park is only 400 miles away from Los Angeles’ own McArthur Park, where she filmed her fabulous video for “Green Light”, and if that’s not a useless enough fact, here’s another one: At the age of 20, Lorde will sadly be unable to enjoy the festival’s trademark Wine Lands. Now, that’s what I call melodrama. –Michael Roffman

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Fleet Foxes

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Someone in America had to be the first major music festival (not counting the more niche Newport Folk Fest) to get Fleet Foxes on board, and Outside Lands won that prize. The band is five years removed from regular festival appearances, which will make their set all the more intriguing. But maybe most exciting is the environment that will greet them. As we saw last year with artists like Jason Isbell, Ryan Adams, and Sufjan Stevens, OSL’s smaller Sutro stage provides something of a safe haven for calmer music, far away from the hustle of the rest of the fest. In this sort of setting, Fleet Foxes can thrive, making their booking look like a sure-fire home run. –Philip Cosores

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