Earlier this month Golden Gate Park hosted it’s eighth annual music, arts and food festival in San Francisco with a stacked line-up and good food. From being serenaded by the beautiful sounds of Mumford and Sons, Elton John and Sam Smith on the main stage to dancing our hearts out to RL Grime, Porter Robinson & Axwell Ingrosso on the Twin Peaks stage, Outside Lands’ stellar performers made for memorable weekend.
Shortly after the Outside Lands festival, our own TBD Fest announced the addition of Porter Robinson, RL Grime, Toro y Moi & Allah-Las (who all performed at this year’s Outside Lands) to their already impressive music line-up. I was especially beyond excited to hear that headliners RL Grime and Porter Robinson at TBD.
The eclectic mix of indie, electronic and hip-hop music at Outside Lands provides the perfect balance of partying and relaxation. Here’s a highlight of some of Outside Lands’ best performers, including the new TBD adds.
After debuting his album, Worlds, last August, Porter Robinson toured all over the world performing his new live show. Unlike the majority of electronic artists in the scene, Robinson broke away from the typical, upbeat DJ set with, and took time to make a show where he showcases his new album along with old singles and new remixes he’s done. I don’t want to give the show away, because it is definitely a must-see at TBD Fest, but Robinson’s video game inspired music performance is almost like experiencing a Miyazaki movie through musical form.
In contrast to Robinson’s emotional and very animated live performance, RL Grime, formally known as Henry Steinway, is a hip hop, bass and trap music producer that gets the crowd going. The Los Angeles based producer also performs under the name Clockwork, where he produces electro-house beats. RL Grime’s signature sound is comprised of pitched-up vocals, snares & horns, all to make up “grimey” swagged out trap music that people familiar with trap music can easily identify.
Mumford & Sons
The British indie rock band from London closed out the first day of Outside Lands on the main stage playing very nostalgic set, especially when they played “I Will Wait” after opening with “Snake Eyes”, a single off of their new album, Wilder Mind. Since forming in 2007, Mumford & Sons have released three full length albums Sigh No More (2009), Babel (2012) and Wilder Mind (2014). After dancing all day to RL Grime and Porter Robinson, the slower, yet uplifting, tempo of Mumford and Sons was a nice change in mood to end Day 1 of Outside Lands. You can check out most of the set below:
If you haven’t listened to the acoustic version of “Latch” or “I’m Not The Only One” you’re seriously missing out on the voice of an angel. Much of Sam Smith’s music from his debut album, Lonely Hour, is inspired by heartbreak that really resonated with millions of fans. Smith broke out onto the scene after performing “Latch” with Disclosure while they were on tour in 2014, following the release of his debut album. If you missed his show at Outside Lands, you should check out his music video of “I’m Not The Only One” which really captures the emotion behind his phenomenal voice.
Tame Impala, is an Australian psychedelic rock band had San Francisco trippin’ off of good feels Day 2 of Outside Lands. Kevin Parker is the mastermind behind Tame Impala who writes, records and produces music with a modern day 70s vibe sound, where groovy meets indie, and vocals that feel like their thoughts in the back of your mind. Check out Tame Impala’s “Currents”, a song that I felt represents their sound and the overall vibe from this year’s Outside Lands.
I’ve seen Dan Snaith (and company) perform this year at Coachella and HARD Summer, but experiencing this set live in Golden Gate Park felt like the perfect setting for the beautiful, melodic, drum and bass set. The band has this increidble gift of vibing together on stage together creating these mesmerizing build ups where you can’t help but find yourself getting lost in the music. If you haven’t checked out Caribou you should listen to “Can’t Do Without You”, my personal favorite part of every Caribou performance.
If you missed out on this year’s Outside Lands, you should definitely consider buying tickets to TBD Fest that will be held in our own backyard right next to the Tower Bridge. Tyler the Creator, The Glitch Mob, Madeon, Pretty Lights, Chance the Rapper, and many more artists will be there for TBD’s biggest line-up to date.
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