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Looks Like Outside Lands is Happening This Year

Updated: Mar 18, 2021 15:21
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Kid you not, Outside Lands is not only scheduled to make its return this August, but three-day tickets are already on sale. This is the first major festival return in the Bay Area after a year of pandemic restrictions.

If all goes well, the show will go on October 29th-31st in Golden Gate Park as usual with headliners including Tame Impala, Lizzo, The Strokes, Tyler the Creator, Vampire Weekend, J Balvin, Rufus Du Sol, Kehlani, Zhu and Young Thug.

Dozens of smaller stage acts from every end of the musical spectrum are booked and ready to go. Nelly, Dr. Dog, Resistance Revival Chorus, The Soul Rebels strike your fancy? Does it even matter? Really? 

You can snag $395 general admission three-day passes (plus a $42.95 fee) or VIP tickets for $835-$855 (plus $62.95 in fees). Tickets, as per usual, go up in price the longer you wait and single-day tickets have yet to be released. They’re also offering layaway payments in case you don’t have all the cash ready right now.

According to the Outside Lands website, the festival grounds will be enhanced with Wine Lands, Beer Lands, Cocktail Magic, Cheese Lands, Grass Lands and (cleverly) Outside Clams to tickle your tasting fancies. They promise to bring back live-painted murals and all sorts of “outsider art” installations along with sustainability tents focused on waste reduction and eco balance.

In short, organizers are boldly going where they have gone before — but after a year void of live music and human interaction, it all seems a little surreal.

If the show is canceled due to a COVID-19 surge or for any other reason, tickets will be automatically honored on the rescheduled days or refunds can be requested. 

While human behavior and variants can screw this up for us, we are currently going in the right direction with case numbers to make something like this possible. If anything, it gives a lot of people something to work toward, making masks and distancing worth it just a little longer. 

So, keep up the good work and maybe we’ll see you soon at the park! 

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