The artist-boasting, green-friendly, food-crazy, booze-worthy, fog-crawling, SF must-attend event of the year is finally here: Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival. As the 3 day-festival prepares to take over Golden Gate park next weekend, it's time we really start diving into those Outside Lands playlists and make some of the most important decisions any festival-goer must make: Who are you going to see?
And although some acts are no brainers–RL Grime, Odesza, and the great Claude VonStroke, just to name a few–I wanted to make sure all OSL bound EDM lovers were aware of some of talented artists toward the bottom of the lineup. Outside Lands does an amazing job of exploring and showcasing local as well as up-and-coming musicians, so if you find yourself wondering the Golden Gate grounds a little earlier than usual, check out out some of the awesome artists below.
If you were smart enough to request Friday off of work, Justin Milla is a great way to kick off your 2015 Outside Lands. With original deep house tracks, soothing funk sounds, and low-key up-beat remixes, the SF-based artist will get you smiling and dancing in no time. If you can't make it to the House by Heineken before lunch on Friday, Justin also makes his rounds at some of the top clubs in the city (Mezzanine, 1015 Folsom, Public Works, etc.)
I first heard Lindsey Stirling about two years ago (her track Crystalize) and was absolutely enchanted. Maybe it's because I was an orchestra geek in high school, but something about the mix of beautiful strings on top of tantalizing drum beats and growling bass makes my heart flutter. Talk about a true musician with such a range of genre and taste for music; Lindsey can please any audience and adapt to a variety of genres, from classical to pop to EDM. If you can, I would absolutely recommend cutting work early and catching Lindsey Sterling at 3:40pm at the Twin Peaks Stage.
Wolf + Lamb vs. Soul Clap
Get in touch with your sensual side with a 3 and a half hour set by buddies and DJ duos Wolf + Lamb and Soul Clap. Wolf + Lamb (Zev Eisenberg and Gadi Mizrahi) and Soul Clap (Eli Goldstein and Charles Levin) frequently team up to perform at festivals and events across the country such as Electric Forest and Decibel Festival. The groups' disco and R&B-inspired sounds come together perfectly, creating a smooth funk vibe that will be a perfect psychedelic break to your long day. Check 'em out 4:30-8:00 pm on Friday in the House by Heineken.
Get over your hangover Saturday by heading over to the Heineken House, grabbing a beer, and bobbing around to the groovy sounds of Moon Boots. After doing some research, Moon Boots is quite mysterious, claiming to work and create his must-dance boogie beats in an anonymous location in the U.S.. After his set at Outside Lands, the artist is jumping over to Palm Springs to perform at Splash House (why does it have to be the same weekend?!), so he's definitely worth checkin out.
Yes, Giraffage is a more well-known artist, but since he's SF-based and extremely talented, I've decided to showcase him here. Born and raised in San Jose, Charlie Yin became popular for his catchy R&B remixes and is currently a part of Fools Gold Records. His latest collab with SF buddy Viceroy is captivating, and will get your hips moving and air-grinding in no time. Giraffage will be mixing his slow jams at 6:05pm on Saturday at the Panhandle Stage.
Eli & Fur
Sunday is girl power day in the House of Heineken; from noon to 6pm, Outside Lands will be rocked by some female badasses of the EDM industry. Of the 4 female DJs hitting the tables Sunday, Eli & Fur are a must-see. The British two-some met when they were 16 and joined to create the powerhouse they are today. Inspired by anything House, Acid, and Techno, Eli & Fur are also songwriters and vocalists themselves, making the two a well-rounded group with eclectic sets. See them in action Sunday from 4:30-6:00pm.
Of course, every artist performing at Outside Lands this coming weekend is extremely talented and deserves a listen. Even if you can't make it to the above musicians, I encourage you to go a little outside your box and explore someone new in the magical Golden Gate Park. Check out the full schedule here.
Be safe, have fun, and we'll see you on the other side!