The 2011 lineup for the SF Outside Lands festival was announced today, headlined by 2 sets by the venerable Phish and seemingly required visits by Arcade Fire and the Black Keys. Mick Jones’s Big Audio Dynamite will also make an appearance, as will ex-Sacramentans !!!. This year’s lineup features a great mix of acts, from the standby hipster rock to old school R&B (the Meters), Sugar Hill records Americana (the Infamous Stringdusters), and loads of hip hop (Big Boy, the Roots). Heavy on the “know your popular music history” acts, which is cool — Mavis Staples, John Fogerty and several of the aforementioned. As Laura Mason of 7×7 points out, lots of cult favorites and local bands, so it should be a major turnout.
And yet somehow it is also a Phish concert. Weird. (Though I have lately been on a sonic tour through Phish’s post-90s music and found that the boys from Burlington still got it.)
Hopefully Arcade Fire will bring back the super awesome BMX biker dudes. (But really, what was the deal with that?)
Outside Lands Festival
August 12-14, 2011
San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park
Tickets: If you have to ask, too much – $175 right now, $200 closer to the event