Whether you’re an avid festival-goer or prefer to do most of your music-listening from the comfort of home, you’re probably already aware that San Francisco played host to the Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival last weekend.
Once a low-key rock & roll fest, Outside Lands has morphed into a three-day music, food, and arts extravaganza and earned itself the nickname “the Coachella of Northern California,” so it’s no surprise that it’s not just about the music anymore.
In the days following the festival, the internet has been abuzz with recaps, photos, and viral videos, and its enough to make even the most apathetic music fan feel like they might have missed something.
If you’re bummed that you didn’t make it out, it can be fun to live vicariously by browsing through photos of celebrity sightings, outrageously-dressed ravers, and secret VIP areas you never knew existed, but similar to clicking through friend’s vacation photos and memorable moments on Facebook, it’s a highlight reel that doesn’t always give you an accurate portrayal of what the weekend was really like. (You may have missed out on a few great shows, but you also ‘missed out’ on waiting in line for 45 minutes to use a port-a-potty that may or may not have had hand sanitizer.)
In celebration of the good, the great, and the slightly painful moments of the weekend, plus everything in between, here it is: our favorite highs, lows, and wait, what? moments of the seventh annual OSL.
Goofiest Mascot: Ranger Dave. That mustache…
Most Unusual Musical Equipment: Chromeo. Are those legs?
Best Use Of The Small Stage: Boys Noize. When an artist who could play the main stage requests the small stage in the middle of a bottle neck, chaos ensues.
Best Synchronized Dance Move: Capital Cities, who got the entire audience to take of their shirts, jackets, or sweaters, and spin them around their heads.
Weirdest Stage Show: The Flaming Lips
Best Lipstick: Haim
Best Comedy Show: The Cast of Silicon Valley
Best Freebie: From the Renwood booth at Winelands. Free earbuds at a music festival? Well done.
Best Trick To Staying Warm: Two pairs of pants, especially leggings under faux leather pants. Warm enough to make you sweat under less severe weather conditions, but perfect for the chilly, foggy nights. And the best part? Totally undetectable, so you don’t have to base your entire outfit around last season’s ski coat. Alternatively, a fur coat. Glamorous, cozy, and on trend? Check.
Biggest Wardrobe Mistake: Dressing like it’s Coachella. Kudos to all who are brave enough to try it, but that does not look comfortable…
Best Exit Strategy: Bikes, or cutting out twenty minutes early to beat surge pricing.
Biggest Waste of Money: A tie between fake tickets, $9 beers, and the Uber home at 5x surge.
Shortest Bathroom Line: The “secret” bathrooms by the entrance that are always empty.
Worst Line: The Heineken Dome. Is the beer free? No? It’s just a DJ and another booth where you can wait in line to pay for beer? So what gives? Some of the people in this line are sitting on the ground in sleeping bags. Sleeping bags!
Longest Line That’s Worth The Wait: Homeroom’s garlic mac & cheese booth. The name says it all: this is childhood comfort food at it’s finest, but with a gourmet twist. It’s cheesy, carb-loaded, and totally indulgent, but with all the miles walked trekking back and forth across the festival grounds, there’s no question that it’s well deserved.
Best Food Truck: Del Popolo. The Del Popolo truck is one of the few food options that’s actually easier to get at the festival than it is on a regular day in the city. The line is long, but they don’t run out early like they do on weekdays, and considering you’ll have to wait in line for everything at OSL, the trade off is actually pretty great.
Most Decadent Food Item: The donut cheeseburger. Why does this even exist?
Best Low Key Hangout: Wine Lands. It’s warm inside the tent, and they serve you wine in actually (plastic) wine glasses. Enough said.
Best New Addition: Cheese Lands. Inevitable, but still just as sweet.