This weekend marks the return of Bay Area music festival staple Outside Lands 2022 at Golden Gate Park. This year’s headliners are Bay Area legends Green Day, hip-hop favorite Post Malone, and R&B songstress SZA. Below them is a who’s who including Jack Harlow, Weezer, Phoebe Bridgers, Kali Uchis, Disclosure, Mitski, Polo & Pan, and more.
This is my seventh Outside Lands festival with my first being 10 years ago in 2012. It’s one of my absolute favorite festivals — partially because it’s my hometown festival as a kid who grew up in the Bay Area and I always bump into friends over the course of the weekend. But it’s also great weather wise, it’s in beautiful Golden Gate Park, and it actually ends at reasonable hours and starts early.
From all the Bay Area’s best food to Wine Lands, Beer Lands, Grass Lands, Cocktail Magic, the SOMA Tent, and more — this festival brings their A-game.
You know all about the big names in print — I’m here to fill you in on who you should check out early in the day! Here are our Outside Lands 2022 Can’t Miss Undercard Acts. Find the entire schedule here or by downloading the Outside Lands app (we highly recommend this as things change once the festival starts — names drop in and out on occasion and they push you update notifications as soon as that happens).
FRIDAY, AUGUST 5
2:40 to 3:30 PM on Sutro Stage
Atlanta singer-songwriter Faye Webster makes her Outside Lands debut on Friday early in the afternoon and she is a perfect fit for the kinds of vibes you find while the sun is out at Golden Gate Park. She dropped an EP back in April called Car Therapy Sessions following the success of her latest full-length, last June’s I Know I’m Funny Haha. I’ve been a fan ever since catching her at Desert Daze 2019. The latest EP featured orchestral arrangements, but I would be shocked if that robust production accompanies her for a festival set like this. Either way, it’s a win getting to see her perform.
4:10 to 5:00 PM on Lands End Stage
Melbourne, Australia-based alt-R&B band Hiatus Kaiyote always bring the vibes and they’ll do so Friday in the late afternoon/early evening. They’re touring in support of last year’s release Mood Valiant, which earned them a GRAMMY nomination for Best Progressive R&B Album. I got introduced to them via one of their collaborations with Anderson Paak and have never looked back. They’ve been sampled by a who’s who –0 from Kendrick Lamar to Beyonce & Jay-Z, Chance the Rapper, and Drake. Find out why they’re favored by some of your favorites Friday.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 6
THE LINDA LINDAS
12:00 to 12:45 PM on Lands End Stage
This band first burst onto the scene in a big way by going viral with their performance of the song “Racist, Sexist Boy” for the LA Public Library in May 2021. Since then they’ve put out a full-length record Growing Up, which dropped this year via Epitaph. We caught them opening for Best Coast earlier this year and they’ve got tours setup opening for Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Japanese Breakfast. Their punk sound is endearing as hell and they’ll be a great way to kick off your Saturday.
5:30 to 6:30 PM on Sutro Stage
Bring your dancing shoes to the Sutro Stage on Saturday early evening because you’re going to need them. London-based duo Franc Moody have been a favorite of mine since discovering them early in the pandemic, and they solidified their standing with me after absolutely crushing it at the Teragram Ballroom. They’re starting to blow up with good reason, and they’re getting ready to drop a new record Into the Ether. They’ll be coming back to LA for a headline spot Nov. 3 at The Novo that you won’t want to miss, but if you’re in the Bay this weekend you have to catch them. I was a sweaty mess at the end of their Teragram show and loved every second.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 7
1:50 to 2:35 PM on Twin Peaks Stage
Rising English indie-pop singer Griff caught our attention headlining back in February at the Fonda Theatre. It was the conclusion of her first-ever tour and she hasn’t looked back since. She’s recorded with the likes of Zedd, Sigrid, MO, and more. She’s a powerhouse vocalist who can also dial it back to really put you in your feels. She’ll be a crowd favorite early in the day Sunday and should get your juices flowing. Don’t miss her.
2:40 to 3:30 PM on Sutro Stage
One of my favorite recent discoveries has been Knoxville singer-songwriter Briston Maroney. His brand of indie rock has really caught my attention and the song “Closer” has been in constant rotation. He blew the crowd at the Troubadour away back in February and is sure to make a similar impression Sunday afternoon at the Sutro Stage. He tried out for American Idol when he was 15 but didn’t advance beyond the round of 30 semi-finalists. He should have because this guy has pipes. Don’t miss this talented singer on the rise.