Festivalist ’09: Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival

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What: San Francisco’s Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival

When: August 28th-30th

Where: Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA

Headliners: Pearl Jam, Dave Matthews Band, Beastie Boys

Line-up Highlights: Incubus, Tom Jones, The National, Q-Tip, Silversun Pickups, The Dodos, Los Campesinos!, Black Eyed Peas, Mars Volta, Jason Mraz, TV On The Radio, Conor Oberst & The Mystic Valley Band, Mastodon, Raphael Saadiq, Deerhunter, Bat For Lashes, Portugal. The Man, M.I.A., Ween, Modest Mouse, Band of Horses, The Dead Weather, Atmosphere, Robert Randolph & the Family Band, Heartless Bastards, Cage the Elephant, Matt and Kim.

Tickets: 3 Day passes cost $225.50+fees. Single Day passes are $89.50+fees. 1 Day passes are $90+fees. Layaway is available.

Accommodations: “Preferred Hotels” are listed, but camping isn’t available.

My Take: Outside Lands was one of the first festivals I remember drooling over, years back. This edition looks just as worthy for anyone that can make it. The 3 headliners (Pearl Jam, Dave Matthews, Beastie Boys) are perfect for fans looking to relive ’90’s glory. Aside from that, the usual festival heavy hitters (Band Of Horses, TV On The Radio, Conor Oberst, M.I.A., The National, Robert Randolph) are on the bill, mixed with newcomers like The Dodos, The Duke Spirit, Matt and Kim and Heartless Bastards. Pop also gets some representation in Black Eyed Peas, Jason Mraz and Tom Jones (wtf?).

Aside from music, Outside Lands also features a number of green initiatives, bicycle valet, wine-tasting and a taste of the bay area.

Bright Eyes – Middleman
Bat For Lashes – Prescilla
Pearl Jam – Crazy Mary
Modest Mouse – Invisible
The Dodos – The Ball
The Avett Brothers – Murder In The City