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Outside Lands: This happened for the first time at the festival


Carly Rae Jepsen smiled as she looked out at the sea of fans stretched out in front of her at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. The smile was returned a thousandfold — maybe 20,000-fold — as people danced to the music on a surprisingly warm late Friday afternoon.

“What a beautiful sight!” exclaimed Jepsen. “You have no idea.

“The most beautiful sight I’ve ever seen is right here.”

That kind of joy is contagious.

And everyone seemed to have come down with it as the 11th annual Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival kicked off Aug. 10 in San Francisco.

Day One was a big success, drawing a huge crowd to see R&B superstar The Weeknd, alt-rock icon Beck, hip-hop-rock crew N.E.R.D., electronic music act Odesza, Jepsen and dozens of others perform on eight stages.

Other acts scheduled to perform at the three-day festival, which runs through Aug. 12, include Janet Jackson, Florence + the Machine, Chvrches, Bon Iver, Future, Janelle Monae, DJ Snake, Broken Social Scene and LP.

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The lineup is, per usual, absolutely loaded. And that’s certainly one of the top reasons — along with the great setting, upscale food and drink offerings, etc, etc — why this festival is such a hit. The 2018 edition is expected to draw over 200,000 in attendance over the course of the three days.

This year’s festival is, among other things, a marvelous celebration of women in music. Outside Lands had never had a female artist (or female-led act) headline the main stage before, but there are two in 2018 — Florence + the Machine and Janet Jackson, scheduled for Day Two and Three respectively.

Also, all three of the 2018 headliners on the comedy stage — yes, there’s a comedy stage at Outside Lands — are female as well. Those top acts are “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” and “Game Night” star Chelsea Peretti, “2 Dope Queens” star Phoebe Robinson and Michelle Wolf, the outspoken comedian who tore up the National White House Correspondents’ Dinner earlier this year and makes new headlines seemingly every day with her takes on Donald J. Trump, race, abortion and other hot-button issues.

Many of the highlights from Day One also came courtesy of female artists.

Indeed, the set of the day goes to Margo Price, the amazing singer-songwriter who definitely ranks among the very best artists in country music.

The old-school Nashville vocalist, blessed with a voice that recalls such legends of the genre as Loretta Lynn and Tanya Tucker, wowed a large crowd early in the day with cuts from her two records, 2016’s “Midwest Farmer’s Daughter” and last year’s “All American Made,” both of which were released on Jack White’s Third Man Records label.

(Very) early nominee for coolest moment of 2018 @sfoutsidelands – @MissMargoPrice covers CCR’s “Fortunate Son” pic.twitter.com/CJqOVMmz4X

— Jim Harrington (@jimthecritic) August 10, 2018

Yet, Price’s best work of the afternoon were a pair of covers. She’d deliver a fierce and defiant rendition of Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Fortunate Son,” which sounded all that much cooler …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment

      

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