Outside Lands ’13: Bandz A Make Me Dance

Outside Lands Music Festival in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park – 10/10

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Forgive me for this belated post, but perhaps I’m still on the road to recovery or just haven’t fully come down off the high from Outside Lands 2013. To be completely honest (and essentially admit to heresy as an aspiring music blogger), I was never a big fan of music festivals. *GASP* I know. Aside from running around like tireless crazies from stage to stage, which always seem miles apart, the either “too hot” or “too cold” weather, portapotties, and the $$$ that the whole weekend costs, I didn’t appreciate the lack of intimate music experiences where the acoustics just didn’t compare to live shows at enclosed venues. I’ve been to my fair share of music festivals before (Lollapalooza, Nocturnal Festival, Free Press Summer Fest, and Outside Lands before), but OSL 2013 was a definite game changer for me, and I’m extremely thankful to Ricky Ticky (aka King of all Enablers aka Rick B.) for making me impulsively buy my ticket this year. Here are just a few highlights from the epic weekend:

Music: I’ve never really understood why they choose to deprive the music fans by overlapping all the big headliners at these festivals. Difficult decisions had to be made, but I couldn’t have asked for a more well-rounded music festival experience. It blows my mind that within 3 days, I was able to catch 16 shows! From legends like Paul McCartney to electronic DJ superstars like Kaskade to new, varied genres and the new “absolutely no care in the world, flail myself about” kinda dancing (if an actual term has been coined for it, please do enlighten me) of the “younger” generation, I was thoroughly impressed with this musical spectrum.

TOP FAVORITES: Zedd, Pretty Lights, Young the Giant, Phoenix, Matt and Kim, Vampire Weekend, Dillon Francis and Kaskade

(If I hadn’t already seen RHCP at Lolla 2012, I’m sure they would have made the cut)

All weekend, I also kept hearing about this so-called “trap” genre and couldn’t seem to get a grasp on it, but luckily, Dillon finally shed some light on this confusion. See the tracks below to get a sense of the loud, nasty beats, lyrical content, sick drops, and “808 sub-bass kick drums, sped-up hi-hats, layered synthesizers and cinematic strings” typified by the genre. Since then, I’ve been itching to go to and have lined up several traps shows in my calendar. I’m highly anticipating Major Lazer, as many friends who went to Coachella 2013 swear that it was the best performance of the festival. You can find them at Treasure Island Festival coming soon in October! Check out the rest of the outstanding (Saturday) lineup: http://www.treasureislandfestival.com/2013/.

Food & Wine: Not only did we catch a little glimpse of Napa & Sonoma at Wine Lands, but my friends and I were introduced to the best music festival pizza, ever, courtesy of Spicy Pie. With the help of Google, I discovered that they only tour and serve at festivals, so don’t miss out on this divine pizza next time at Treasure Island Fest! NOM NOM NOM: http://spicypie.com/.

After Parties: Despite the all day partying that ensued during the festival, some of us still had enough energy to keep going until 5 AM. We were able to snag entries to Viceroy at Neck of the Woods and Neon Indian at the Asos Penthouse After Party (+ after, after parties) which were incredible endings to both nights. Can’t stop, won’t stop. 

Lodging: The best part about going to a music festival in your own city? Coming home to your own bed. Enough said.

Last, but not least, the company: If it weren’t for some of my best friends in the city, the entire weekend wouldn’t have been nearly the same. I’m so blessed and lucky to have such wonderful people in my life to share this amazing city of San Francisco and all the crazy adventures I’ve had so far. All in all, I’m largely grateful to Outside Lands for solidifying my #epiphany about music and showing me how each music experience serves as a new, enlightening epiphany in its own unique way. In this case, you can be sure to expect many more concert reviews in the future as I do my best to live up to the #oneconcertperweekchallenge!

From one of my recently *starred* movies: 

Andy: I had Mr. Mozart to keep me company…[points and taps his head]. It was in here…[gestures over his heart]. And in here. That’s the beauty of music. They can’t get that from you. Haven’t you ever felt that way about music? – Shawshank Redemption

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