It’s that time of the year again — one of the best festivals in the world returns to Golden Gate Park. The San Francisco staple Outside Lands 2019 makes their return for the 12th year and we couldn’t be more excited.
They always deliver one of the deeper undercards of any festival, and we’re back to highlight exactly who you should see each day. Take a look below.
2:55 to 3:35 PM at Panhandle Stage
Miya Folick has been enjoying a whirlwind year since dropping her debut full-length record Premonitions last October. From tear-inducing ballads to chip-punk bangers, the album runs the gamut of emotions. Tours with Pale Waves and Sunflower Bean earlier this year have the Santa Ana singer-songwriter in top form, and her best 40 minutes will certainly blow you away at Outside Lands early on day one.
2:05 to 2:50 PM at Sutro Stage
Cleveland-born R&B singer and multi-instrumentalist Cautious Clay has been a welcome addition to the hip-hop landscape since dropping his debut EP last year, Blood Type. He’s been selling out shows lightning fast ever since, and he’ll likely play to a sizable crowd on Friday afternoon at the festival. He brings the heavy swoon on songs like “Cold War”. You can argue there isn’t an artist on this year’s lineup without a full-length record that has as much buzz as him, and this might be one of your last chances to catch him early on a festival day.
1:05 to 1:50 PM at Lands End Stage
Long Beach’s own have become alt-rock radio staples, and it’s surprising that a band with nearly 25 million YouTube views on a single song are playing so early in the day. They will likely become festival regulars, and there’s no better way to get people dancing early in the afternoon than with these guys. They blend funk and rock, R&B and pop, soul and disco in such a seamless way. The day their album comes out is also the day they play Outside Lands 2019, so expect these guys to be in a particularly celebratory mood when they take the stage.
2:20 to 3:05 PM at Lands End Stage
This LA band is the real deal — why else would a band like Vampire Weekend bring them along on some dates? That’s where I first saw these guys, opening for the indie-rock kingpins at the Observatory in Santa Ana. The crowd was just as into these guys as the headliners. They’ve been crushing it since dropping their debut full-length album in March, with sold-out dates everywhere they go. Their collaboration with fellow indie-pop darling Clairo “Are You Bored Yet?” is a home run. They’re a perfect fit for the early-day main stage and will shake you out of your hangover from Friday night with quickness.
1:05 to 1:50 PM at Lands End Stage
I’ve been singing the praises of NoMBe for quite a while. He’s got a bit of Prince aesthetic to him, backed by an all-female and all-badass band. His alt-pop/alt-R&B swagger comes across as more of a rock ‘n’ roll thing in the live show, and he’s a truly transcendent performer. His EP with hip-hop artist Thutmose came a bit under the radar but features a couple of bangers. “Summer’s Gone” has a bit of an Everlast vibe (for you ’90s kids out there). But the real gem is “Freak Like Me”, as NoMBe showcases his Hozier-quality vocals on one of the sexiest songs out there. He’ll get things moving on the main stage early on Saturday.
12:00 to 12:40 PM at Sutro Stage
There’s a reason My Morning Jacket bandleader Jim James took a liking to this LA psych-pop group enough to helm the recording sessions to their debut record that dropped this year. The 1970’s rock vibe comes across strong, and the harmonies of Love Femme and Omar Velasco glimmer over hazy rock. I caught their live show opening for Poolside late last year and came away quite impressed. This will be the perfect set to light that first joint to on Saturday afternoon.
1:25 to 2:05 PM at Panhandle Stage
Outside Lands is known for being the launching pad more than a handful of future pop stars. Nobody better fits that than indie-pop singer Delacey, who is making her festival debut Saturday at the fest. She enjoyed serious success as a songwriter for acts like Halsey and Demi Lovato, but is finally out on her own. With just a couple of released songs under her belt, her sultry indie-pop is already becoming a favorite of the algorithms on streaming services. She’s said to have been heavily influenced by her father’s vinyl collection, and you can hear the sweet nostalgia in her sound.
1:20 to 2:00 PM at Panhandle Stage
Looking for a 40-minute high-energy set Sunday to shake out the cobwebs? The Aussie indie rocker Alex Lahey has just what you need. Lahey dropped her second full-length album a few months back and it’s a great build off of her debut. She’s been a festival regular the past couple of years since coming to America, and as a live performer she isn’t to be missed. I’ll forever thank my Spotify Discover Weekly for introducing me to the smash “Every Day’s the Weekend”, a pop punk anthem for the new generation. The riff-heavy Aussie knows how to write earworms, and you’ll leave her set with at least a couple songs stuck in your head.
1:10 to 1:55 PM at Sutro Stage
Another high-energy act on Sunday comes in the form of the LA garage rockers Cherry Glazerr. It’s been fun to watch this band grow out of the Burger Records sound and take steps forward with each release. Though the band has been a revolving door of members outside of frontwoman and guitarist/singer Clem Creevy, the current lineup featuring drummer Tabor Allen (since 2015) and Devin O’Brien (bassist since 2017) might be the strongest yet. Creevy’s vocals have really gotten stronger and the mix has been great the last few times I’ve seen them, as she alternates between screams and falsettos with precision. Expect a mosh pit.
12:00 to 12:45 PM at Sutro Stage
The psych folk project of Natalie Mering is very much in the vein of Joni Mitchell and the golden era of ’70s female singer-songwriters, but with a modern twist. The Santa Monica singer brings a thin layer of synthpop to the table, and her vocals are captivating as hell. Already four full-length albums to her name, Mering hit her stride on April’s Titanic Rising and has been a popular touring act as a result. Her experimental nature fits Outside Lands’ SF weirdness like a glove and she’s the perfect start to your Sunday.