Outside Lands is preparing to take over San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park this weekend with artists like Elton John,Kendrick Lamar and more ready to take the stage. With art, food, theater shows, and comedy lineups, it can be a little overwhelming deciding which acts are worth checking out.
Some artists we’re especially excited to catch include You Oughta Know alums Sam Smith, George Ezra, Nate Ruess and Mumford & Sons. We’ll also be keeping our ears open for up-and-comers like G-Eazy, Ryn Weaver and MisterWives. And who knows? Maybe Kim Kardashian and Kanye West will be in attendance again this year.
Whether you’re a San Francisco native or you’re road tripping out to Golden Gate Park, we’ve got your travel playlist there and back covered so that you can start planning more important things – like which bands to rock out to. Here are some songs to get you pumped for the festivities!
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Everyone should see this classic rock legend at least once in their lifetime. In his five-decade career, Sir Elton John has sold more than 300 million records, with more than 50 Top 40 hits – some of which we’re hoping to hear Sunday night when he closes out the festival.
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One of the most recognizable faces in music, Billy Idol is another icon you have to see. We’re expecting to hear some new stuff off of his most recent album, Kings and Queens of the Underground, mixed with tried-and-true festival favorites like “Rebel Yell,” “White Wedding,” “L.A. Woman” and “Eyes Without a Face.”
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This has been a great year so far for Kendrick Lamar with his most recent album, To Pimp A Butterfly, having received outstanding reviews. Arguably the voice of our generation, the rapper is bound to deliver a phenomenal performance.
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The rock duo’s most recent album, Turn Blue, was nominated for three Grammy awards, bringing the band’s total nominations to 16. Rolling Stone called it, “The sound of America’s most innovative arena rockers in full command,” so their performance is sure to be a good one.
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Still swooning from the recent release of Mumford & Son’s Wilder Mind, we’re excited to see the chart-topping folk-pop act perform in San Francisco. We’re crossing our fingers that they play new singles “Believe” and “The Wolf,” as well as popular anthems “Little Lion Man” and “I Will Wait.”
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After a decade-long hiatus, we’re ready to see D’Angelo back in action playing songs off his new album, Black Messiah— and hopefully some throwbacks, too. This is the soul singer’s only summer performance in the U.S. this year, so you won’t want to miss it.