Get ready for an electrifying weekend of music and memories as Outside Lands 2023 returns for its 15th edition this weekend from Friday, August 11th to Sunday, August 13th. Nestled in the iconic Golden Gate Park, this year’s lineup promises to be an unforgettable experience for music enthusiasts of all kinds.
Headlining the festivities are three powerhouse acts that span genres and generations. Hip-hop superstar Kendrick Lamar will return to SF for the first time since playing the festival in 2015 as he looks to ignite the stage with his lyrical prowess and thought-provoking performances, while rock legends Foo Fighters are set to deliver an explosive set of their timeless hits. And for those seeking an all-encompassing electronic journey, ODESZA will bring their signature ethereal soundscapes to captivate the audience.
Since its debut in 2008, Outside Lands has transformed into a cultural phenomenon that blends music, art, and culinary delights in the heart of San Francisco. With a diverse lineup that spans genres and generations, the festival continues to be a magnet for music lovers from around the globe. Plus, they even have a space for you to (legally) smoke weed.
This year’s event promises to build upon the festival’s rich history, combining its signature vibrant atmosphere with an exceptional array of artists. From the headliners to emerging talents, every moment at Outside Lands 2023 will be an opportunity to celebrate the power of music in a setting as iconic as the city itself. You know all the big names on the lineup, but if you’ve got your wristband ready and want to explore some of the names in smaller print, we’ve given you a head start.
Three-day and one-day GA passes are SOLD OUT!
FRIDAY, AUGUST 11
2:45 to 3:35 PM on Lands End Stage
Bury yourself in a soulful and enchanting experience as Raveena takes the stage at Lands End on Friday. A true musical visionary, Raveena’s ethereal vocals and mesmerizing melodies create a captivating atmosphere that transcends genres. Known for her ability to blend R&B, pop, and dreamy sounds, her performance promises an unforgettable journey of self-discovery and emotional resonance. With introspective lyrics and a magnetic stage presence, Raveena’s set invites festivalgoers to connect deeply with her artistry, making it a must-see set. As the last bit of warmth envelopes Golden Gate Park before it starts to cool down, let Raveena’s soul-stirring tunes wrap around you, transporting you to a realm of pure sonic bliss. We’ve loved seeing her at various festivals over the years as she weaves a tapestry of sonic textures and heartfelt stories, creating an experience that resonates long after the festival ends.
3:50 to 4:40 PM on Sutro Stage
Blending dream pop, indie rock, and psychedelic elements, Brooklyn band Crumb’s music is a sonic adventure that defies boundaries. Their captivating melodies, intricate instrumentals, and lead singer Lila Ramani’s celestial vocals come together to create an otherworldly journey that transports listeners to a realm of musical enchantment. With a reputation for delivering spellbinding live shows, Crumb’s performance is set to be a mesmerizing spectacle that resonates with both seasoned fans and newcomers alike. The Sutro Stage’s intimate setting is the perfect backdrop for Crumb’s sound, promising an immersive and unforgettable experience that captures the essence of their sound. At Coachella a few years back, I caught my breath and recovered from a sunburn in the Sonora Tent and Crumb’s set washed over me as good as some aloe vera would have in that moment. Heal yourself with Crumb!
SATURDAY, AUGUST 12
3:40 to 4:30 PM on Lands End Stage
I’ve been an Alvvays truther since basically the very beginning and this Canadian indie synthpop band just keeps getting better and better. Touring in support of last year’s excellent Blue Rev, the band’s third full-length record, is witty, beautiful, and jampacked with bops that will have you dancing while feeling all of your feels. Molly Rankin’s vocals are a perfect pairing with Alec O’Hanley’s power pop guitar riffs, backed by the excellent synths of Kerri Maclellan. Big Silverlake vibes from this band that would fit in anywhere in SF’s hippest neighborhoods. I’ve seen them more than half a dozen times live and never get tired of it. Check them out!
7:00 to 8:00 PM on Sutro Stage
The biggest dance party of the weekend will undoubtedly be ODESZA closing things out on Sunday, but my bet for the best dance party of the weekend will see French-pop band L’Imperatrice and their blend of disco, funk, electropop. It’s sexy and sultry and this band is starting to peak as they reach a decade of playing together. Their live performances are only matched by their loud attire, charismatic stage presence, and a blend of electronic and live instrumentation. Their shows often transport audiences to a world of pulsating rhythms and vibrant melodies. Their set will definitely help you get your second wind for the final stretch Saturday night.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 13
12:00 to 12:40 PM on Lands End Stage
Phoenix pop singer-songwriter UPSAHL should already be on your radar and I expect her to draw a good-sized crowd not long after the gates open Sunday afternoon. Fans that get in early will be treated to a high-octane and engaging performance from one of my favorites. Catchy melodies and edgy storytelling are a staple of UPSAHL’s music and live shows, and there’s a good reason she was signed to a publishing deal while in her early teens.
1:55 to 2:40 PM on Twin Peaks Stage
To me, of all the acts performing on the undercard, UK singer-songwriter Holly Humberstone is the most likely to become a pop superstar. She can go bar-for-bar against the very best young talent topping the charts these days. If you’re an Olivia Rodrigo fan and you haven’t yet dived into the catalog of Holly Humberstone, you’re doing it all wrong. Her Coachella set a few years ago was one of my favorites and she is certainly worth getting to the festival early Sunday to see. So do it!