Few things can embody the density and diversity of a city like San Francisco. The California coastal city serves as a cultural hub—blending a rich music scene, the most delicious and innovative food money can buy and an endless abundance of creativity. Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival has managed to capture the soul of San Francisco and breathe it into three days undulating with music and saturated with food, beer, wine, art, fashion and fun. Nearly 200,000 festivalgoers filled the sprawling meadows of San Francisco’s historical Golden Gate Park this past weekend for the 7th annual festival. Here are 18 of the craziest things that happened.
1. Creative signage
In a crowd of hundreds of thousands of people, festivalgoers often got separated from their friends. The solution? Innovative, homemade signs. Fans thrust these signs high in the air when walking through the festival or bounced them vigorously up and down during rowdy performances. “Just look for the giant picture of Nicholas Cage” or “Follow the poop emoji on a stick” were some of the weekend’s more memorable directives.
2. Grouplove covered Beyonce’s “Drunk In Love”
3. Kanye West left festivalgoers both confused and satisfied
4.The Killers absolutely killed it
5. The Flaming Lips left everyone wondering if someone had slipped some LSD in their Heineken
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Experimental rock band The Flaming Lips’ onstage outfit included a wig-and-cape-clad drummer and frontman Wayne Coyne donning a tinsel-esque silver fringe kimono. An inflatable rainbow, a smiling sun and several colorful mushrooms served as the band’s backup dancers, leaving the crowd feeling like they were caught between an acid trip and a children’s show. After performing “Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots Pt. 1”, Coyne climbed into a giant inflatable ball and rolled across the fingertips of the crowd. They ended their set with an especially psychedelic cover of “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds”.
6. Macklemore proved his support for LGBT rights…again
7. People went to desperate measures to see Flume…and we mean desperate
8. Tycho’s set was an audio-visual masterpiece
9. OSL simultaneously featured art and words of wisdom
10. A trio of sisters who define feminist rock manifested the definition of girl power
11. Thousands of people got caught with fake tickets
San Francisco police detained 35 scalpers and security voided hundreds of fake tickets over the three-day festival. In many cases, that didn’t stop people from getting into the fest. Police cited hoards of people jumping over fences and rushing through the gates, many of whom were successful in slipping through the strict security.
12. The audience brought out their wild side
13. Festivalgoers had the unique opportunity to get a tipsy trim
(Photo courtesy of Malisa Meresman)
14. The simultaneous headlining performances caused the audience to make heart-wrenching decisions about who to see
15. Halloween came early
16. Strange food pairings put festival attendees’ health and bank accounts at risk
17. The chilly San Francisco weather didn't stop people from dressing to the nines
18. The trees lit up at night to transform Golden Gate Park into a summer wonderland
As the sun sank below the trees, they reflected purple, yellow and pink hues. Lanterns and strings of lights also hung from branches, turning Golden Gate Park into a snow globe of lush pine trees and grass instead of snowflakes.