What I love to do more than anything else at Outside Lands is run through the crowds (well, fast walk). As much as the music is the attention whore for most of the people there, the crowd is my main attraction and maneuvering through them is a dance of its own, albeit much more particular. You run into a lot of interesting people that way.
A funny little thing happened to me at Outside Lands this year. While I was walking through the VIP tent, I heard a young woman behind me mocking the people in VIP for paying such a premium price for tickets – I presumed she got in free. She went on with it for sometime, so I became interested in putting a face to this loudly young lady. So I slowed down to let her pass when I caught her face. Lo and behold it was someone whom I had worked with in my earlier blogging years and with her were a couple of other blogger friends I knew well. We all met up shortly after, but I never brought up the hilarity that I caught her in, even though I was hysterically laughing when we all first met up.
As far as her point about VIP was concerned, I actually think VIP is worth the extra buck, if you can afford it. It’s really meant for the people who can (old people). The area isn’t so chaotic and lets you get to good locations without having to be in such a clusterfuck. The bathrooms are much better too, something I assure you shouldn’t go unnoticed. I wouldn’t recommend it to the younger crowd or first time goers, but if you’ve got the money, live the luxury.
Jurassic 5 stole the show. From Cut Chemist & DJ Nu-Mark’s funny bit to all their goodass music revisited, J5 was a helluva time. What I loved most though, as always, was the crowd. Like Passion Pit last year, the crowd’s what made it the most memorable act at Outside Lands this year. The most memorable part actually being a father and his young daughter.
The two were having the time of their life. Well, most were, but these two shared a face only a daughter and her father could. I’ll never forget her smile.
Over the past two years at Outside Lands, getting out of the park has always been my biggest nightmare. It actually dampers the night so much that when the sun starts going down, that gut feeling kicks in that your phone might die and you may be stuck in SF for the night (happens).
I did however plan much better this year, not having to take public transit too much, but I almost got stuck one night… people are about as reliable as public transit at that time.