Outside Lands 2021: A return to hallowed ground

Outside Lands 2021 - crowdPhotos by Sarah Felker & Marc Fong // Written by Molly Kish //

Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival //
Golden Gate Park – San Francisco
October 29th-31st, 2021 //

After postponing its 13th edition due to the COVID-19 pandemic and experiencing disappointing lineup cancellations in the months leading up to it, Outside Lands had quite a lot to make up for going into its 2021 relaunch for Halloween. Asserting themselves as hosts of the first “mega event” in Golden Gate Park during the pandemic, Bay Area concert promoter Another Planet Entertainment braved an entirely new entertainment landscape, time of year and crowd dynamic.

Following statewide safety protocols, attendees had to wear a mask and show proof of vaccination or a negative test result at all entrances before scanning their way inside the gates. Clear backpacks were enforced and costume guidelines were added to the laundry list of rules and regulations for all ticket holders. But even with the adjusted security measures and slight changes to the event’s production, concertgoers came out in record numbers. Averaging crowds of approximately 70,000 people per day, OSL 2021 wasn’t short of attendees willing to happily follow the new guidelines in order to return to the beloved three-day festival.

Outside Lands 2021

While at times the interactive experiences in 2021 seemed lacking with the obvious downplay of live art activations, comedy and representation of the Bay Area’s creative culture, OSL still provided a larger platform for community-based initiatives. This year the fest added a brand-new stage in the SOMA Tent, which focused on burgeoning talent across the local electronic scene, and also dedicated attention and space for both local and national non-profits with an extended Eco Lands footprint.

Relaunching OSL over Halloween weekend was one of the smartest pivots Another Planet could have made. The energy surrounding the holiday was palpable, providing a dialed-in event and location with an additional reason for both local and visiting attendees to celebrate. Costumed crowds filled the fields all three days and created an increasingly whimsical buildup to what felt like a triumphant return to the city’s historical Halloween legacy. With many hoping the holiday tradition would continue for years to come, OSL successfully stoked the sold-out crowd’s excitement for its return in August 2022.

Outside Lands 2021 - Moses Sumney


Moses Sumney

OUTSIDE LANDS 2021 AWARDS:

Headliner of the Weekend: Tyler, the Creator

Breakthrough Performance: The HU

Favorite First-Timer: Brijean

Best OSL Addition: SOMA Tent

Favorite Festival Food: Pork Lumpia from Abacá

Most Magical Cocktail: Silver Girl’s “St. Olaf’s Fizz”

Most Entertaining Activation: The Aperol Spritz Piazza

Best Wine Lands Pour: Brut Rose by Angels & Cowboys

Favorite OSL Night Show: Drama at Bimbo’s 360 Club

Most Popular Costume: Skeleton

Largest Crowd: RÜFÜS DU SOL

Biggest Dance Party: Khruangbin

Best Stage Production: Tame Impala

Funniest Band Interaction: The Neil Frances vs. Neal Francis beef

Local Standout: Kehlani

Most Impressive Pipes: Brittany Howard

Biggest Lasting Impression: Moses Sumney

Best Improvement: Open-air layout at The House by Heineken

Outside Lands enlists RÜFÜS DU SOL, Kaytranada, Dr. Dog, Blacklizt & more for 2021 night shows

Outside Lands 2021 night shows - lineup

Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival //
Golden Gate Park – San Francisco
October 29th-31st, 2021 //

As the calendar turns from summer to fall and the weather starts to cool, less than six weeks stand between us and Outside Lands’ official return to Golden Gate Park.

But after what will be an 808-day hiatus for the three-day music festival due to the COVID-19 pandemic, OSL is gearing up for its 13th edition with another run of night shows next month to keep the party going past 10 p.m.

This year’s late-night slate over Halloween weekend will boast 16 performances across eight different venues throughout the Bay Area and feature must-see acts such as RÜFÜS DU SOL, Kaytranada, Dr. Dog, Blacklizt (ZHU’s techno side project), Marc Rebillet, A R I Z O N A, Yves Tumor & Its Band, and a whole lot more.

Tickets for OSL’s 2021 night shows will go on sale to the public this Friday, September 24th at Noon PT with special presales for both 2020 Eager Beaver and 2021 ticket holders beginning this Thursday and Friday, respectively, at Noon PT.


Here is the schedule for the upcoming night shows with links to purchase tickets:

October 27th (WED): DRAMA with Brijean at Bimbo’s 365 Club, 8 p.m., $35, 18+ // BUY TICKETS

October 28th (THU): mxmtoon at The New Parish, 8 p.m., $30, All Ages // BUY TICKETS

October 28th (THU): Marc E. Bassy at The Independent, 8 p.m., $29.50, All Ages // BUY TICKETS

October 28th (THU): Bartees Strange at Rickshaw Stop, 8 p.m., $15, All Ages // BUY TICKETS

October 28th (THU): Nap Eyes with Boy Scouts, The Reds, Pinks and Purples, Advertisement at Balboa Theater, 8 p.m., $20, All Ages // BUY TICKETS

October 29th (FRI): Kaytranada at 1015 Folsom, 10 p.m., $40-50, 21+ // BUY TICKETS

October 29th (FRI): Dr. Dog with Tōth at The Warfield, 10 p.m., $39.50-69.50, All Ages // BUY TICKETS

October 29th (FRI): The Midnight with Jupiter Winter at The Independent, 10 p.m., $35, 21+ // BUY TICKETS

October 29th (FRI): Noga Erez with McKinley Dixon, DJ Aaron Axelsen at Rickshaw Stop, 10 p.m., $24, 18+ // BUY TICKETS

October 30th (SAT): RÜFÜS DU SOL at Fox Theater Oakland, 10 p.m., $99.50, 18+ // BUY TICKETS

October 30th (SAT): A R I Z O N A at The Independent, 10 p.m., $39.50, 21+ // BUY TICKETS

October 30th (SAT): Goth Babe at Rickshaw Stop, 10 p.m., $20, All Ages // BUY TICKETS

October 30th (SAT): The Hu with The Haunt at Bimbo’s 365 Club, 10 p.m., $35, 21+ // BUY TICKETS

October 31st (SUN): Blacklizt at The Independent, 10 p.m., $59.50, 21+ // BUY TICKETS

October 31st (SUN): Marc Rebillet with LP Giobbi (Live), Mary Droppinz, Izzy Wise at 1015 Folsom, 10 p.m., $35-45, 21+ // BUY TICKETS

October 31st (SUN): Yves Tumor and Its Band with ECCO2K at Bimbo’s 365 Club, 10 p.m., $27.50, 21+ // BUY TICKETS

*All OSL 2021 night shows will require proof of full COVID-19 vaccination (must be two weeks past your final dose) or a negative COVID-19 test within 48 hours from the time of entry into the venue. Masks will also be required for all patrons in attendance.

Outside Lands 2021 night shows

Outside Lands 2021 moves to Halloween weekend as Glass Animals, Kaytranada & more join the party

Outside Lands - 2021 lineup

Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival //
Golden Gate Park – San Francisco
October 29th-31st, 2021 //

The past 12 months have been a tense and agonizing time for musicians and live music fans everywhere. With the COVID-19 pandemic shutting down the concert and festival circuits for months on end, many of us around the world have had to resort to livestreams and drive-in performances to help get us through the chaos until normalcy resumes.

But those days could be coming to an end soon in the U.S. as vaccinations continue to rise and for those who are looking to celebrate Halloween this year in style with both friends and strangers (if you can believe it), look no further than Golden Gate Park when Outside Lands makes its long-awaited return to SF.

While the three-day music festival made the decision in June to cancel any plans for 2020 and instead target August 2021 for its 13th installment, organizers have given us a spooky surprise by shifting the event back more than two months.

Because whether you’re a kid or an adult, who doesn’t love the spirit of Halloween? The new dates scheduled for October will mark the first time that OSL won’t occur during its usual month of August, though those aren’t the only changes that were announced with this latest postponement news.

The fest, in fact, is also giving its 2021 lineup a slight makeover with the additions of Glass Animals, Kaytranada, Lord Huron, SG Lewis, Flo Milli, 24kGoldn, Cannons, Buscabulla, JESSIA, Claud and several others while previously confirmed acts such as Beach House, Bonobo, Polo & Pan, Big Thief, Tones and I, EOB, Parcels, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever and The Beths have unfortunately been removed from the poster. And for those hoping to see Tame Impala, Lizzo and/or The Strokes on the Lands End stage, don’t you worry — all three are still set to make their headlining debuts once day turns to night. See the poster above for the rest of the lineup.

Itching to get back out there and ready to don your best festival costume? Three-day GA and VIP passes to OSL 2021 are on sale now with payment plans available for both so don’t forget to purchase your tickets here and check out our coverage over the years here.

UPDATE (March 23rd): Wow! And just like that, three-day GA and VIP passes are sold out. If you’re looking for single-day tickets, stay tuned for more details soon.

Outside Lands - 2021 daily lineups

UPDATE (April 27th): Outside Lands has released its daily lineups for 2021, with The Strokes headlining Friday, Lizzo performing Saturday and Tame Impala on Sunday to wrap up the weekend. Take a look at the daily schedules above before single-day tickets go on sale here for $165 (GA) and $375 (VIP) plus fees starting this Thursday, April 29th at 10 a.m. PT.

UPDATE (September 30th): With less than a month to go before the festivities begin, organizers have revealed that Nicola Cruz, Salami Rose Joe Louis and Boy Scouts have each been added to the lineup.

Noise Pop 2019: Here are the shows you can’t miss

Noise Pop 2019Written by Molly Kish //

Noise Pop //
Bay Area venues – San Francisco & Oakland
February 25th-March 3rd, 2019 //

Noise Pop returns this year for its 27th installment with a lineup that features more than 130 acts spanning 18 Bay Area venues. In addition to the debut of the “Ear Up Global Showcase” this Saturday, March 2nd, NP2019 boasts a brand-new venue located in SF’s Mission District that’s known as the Brava Theater Center.

Attendees can still look forward to plenty of happy hours at Bender’s Bar & Grill as well as special showcases curated by DoTheBay, San Franpsycho, BFF.fm, Sea Witch Productions and Text Me Records. Plus, you can also view the “Noise Pop Festival Photo Retrospective” this Tuesday, February 26th at The Royale to relive some of the best moments in Noise Pop history through the lenses of the Bay Area’s top photographic talent.

Brava Theater Center


Brava Theater Center

The festival’s art this year highlights the Bay Area’s very own Kristin Farr, whose work can be seen on public murals, office building interiors and festival stages in SF and beyond and was even included in the Emmy Award-winning KQED Art School series.

Noise Pop badges and individual tickets to shows are still available and can be purchased here. To help you sort it all out, we have broken down the 2019 lineup and offered our top performances that you won’t want to miss below.


Noise Pop 2019 - Bob Mould

TUESDAY 2/26

  • Men I Trust @ Great American Music Hall

WEDNESDAY 2/27

  • Noise Pop Happy Hour with Coke
  • Baths @ Great American Music Hall
  • The Marías @ The New Parish

THURSDAY 2/28

  • Vetiver and Fruit Bats @ The Chapel
  • DJ Boring & Jacques Greene @ 1015 Folsom

FRIDAY 3/1

  • Saul Williams @ Brava Theater Center
  • Tourist @ Gray Area
  • Vagabond @ Swedish American Hall

SATURDAY 3/2

  • Beirut @ Fox Theater Oakland
  • Bob Mould @ The Fillmore
  • Princess Nokia @ UC Theater
  • VHS Collection @ The Independent

SUNDAY 3/3

  • Partner & Dude York @ Cafe du Nord
  • Daughters @ The Independent

Check out the monthly Noise Pop Podcast series to discover more new music and create your own customized Noise Pop schedule here.

Noise Pop 2019 - Phase 3 lineup