There are a lot of rumors floating around as to who will play Outside Lands this year. Eager Beaver tickets are going on sale in the morning, and speculation is floating in thicker than Karl the Fog. We scoured the depths of the internet and pored over speculations from writers, fans, and bloggers across the Bay, and compiled them all into this list.
We debunked some artist speculations and agreed with many others, and now, we present you with our list of confirmed, probable, and potential acts for this year’s Outside Lands.We will be sure to update this as other bands are finalized.
Run the Jewels (Killer Mike & El-P)
The Boss would make a great addition to this year’s showing. He released a new album in January, and he doesn’t have any tour dates past May announced yet. Those dates that have been announced are all in the eastern U.S., leaving room for festival season in the summer on the West Coast. In addition, he’ll be touring with Tom Morello.
Outside Lands loves reunions—wouldn’t Rage Against the Machine make a great one?
Outside Lands has never been too welcoming to rappers. Big Boi and Jurassic 5 have played, but that’s pretty much it. Yeezy would be a good, though expensive, headliner (we already know he likes San Francisco) because he is pretty universally liked by many. He is, however, planning to marry Kim K. at some point this summer in Paris, which might derail an appearance. UPDATE: Kanye has just announced that he is postponing his Australian tour (which was supposed to be in May) to focus on the new album he hopes to release by this summer. He will return to Australia in September, which leaves a potential gap in the late summer for testing out some new material live (*nudge nudge Ranger Dave*).
Eminem has recorded some serious top 40 jams recently, meaning he’s looking for even more mainstream exposure. He’s also going on tour with Rihanna and will play in Los Angeles August 7 and 8, which could mean an easy foray to San Francisco for a festival set. He’s also playing Squamish that weekend, so he’ll definitely be on the west coast at that time. Maybe he’ll bring along RiRi?
The Killers are heading to the UK on August 16, but have a month-long gap just before that of east coast tour dates. It’s possible that they’ll save that month for a few California dates. Also, last year they partnered with Another Planet (the company that puts on Outside Lands) for a show at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, so they already have some rapport with booking agents.
In the most recent years, Outside Lands has embraced electronic acts like Skrillex and Pretty Lights. An epic headliner like Daft Punk supports the climate of popular music demands right now. In addition, the duo has still not performed from Random Access Memories for a unbroadcasted audience, primarily because it’s an act that’s just not as mobile as most are. However, they seem to like surprises, so it wouldn’t be off-base for the duo to just kind of show up, especially if Pharrell is playing as well, which, as SF Weekly reports, is also likely.
Pixies are releasing their first studio album in 20 years, so the time is right. In addition, the Boston band is heading to Japan on August 16, so it would make sense to stop on the west coast before their flight over.
Likely to Appear:
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
BRMC is playing with Arctic Monkeys in Los Angeles August 7. The Arctic Monkeys are not likely to perform Outside Lands since they played in 2011, but BRMC are overdue, and will be in tour mode after the Staples Center show.
The Flaming Lips
Wayne Coyne has really been amping up his publicity efforts in the Bay Area lately. In addition, the band is playing Bonnaroo, Outside Lands’ sister festival, and has a gap in their tour schedule this festival season.
Annie Clark has a suspicious gap in her festival tour schedule, and is well overdue to play Outside Lands.
Chance the Rapper
Chance looks like he’s playing just about every major festival this year, including Bonnaroo. In addition to selling out both shows in San Francisco in recent memory, he’s going mainstream enough to solidify a spot at Outside Lands’ not usually rap-friendly lineup.
Iron & Wine and Glen Hansard
These guys would sound great in the Golden Gate Park backdrop. They’re playing the Hollywood Bowl August 10, so they are a pretty good bet.
Danny Brown is a pretty good bet, since he didn’t book any Bay Area dates in the spring and will be appearing at Edmonton’s Squamish Festival on August 8. He’s also scheduled to perform at Bonnaroo (a sister festival of Outside Lands). However, they likely won’t give him a headlining set, despite his commercial success.
As Showbams reports, Cut Copy (like confirmed act Chromeo) are positioned to head through the Bay Area in August, and have both played Another Planet shows in the last year.
Flume will be in Las Vegas August 7, which is his last announced tour date so far. Since he sold out the Mezzanine last August, it seems likely that he’ll make an appearance.
The Haim girls are in Europe for most of the summer, but are scheduled to fly back in late July. This one seems up in the air, save for its strong presence among speculations by other publications.
LaMontagne has a west coast gap in his tour schedule between August 8 in Salt Lake City and August 12 in Oregon. He’s a strong possibility.
Cloud Nothings are touring Europe and the East Coast until Sasquatch in July, and they have a new album to promote. There’s potential here that they’ll show up.
Against Me! hasn’t played an SF show in a while, and they have some new music to promote. They’re scheduled to perform at Bonnaroo, and although they have four dates scheduled in California for their tour, none are north of Ventura. They have nothing scheduled after France’s Hellfest in late June.
Tokyo Police Club
Tokyo Police Club are playing Squamish the same weekend as Outside Lands, so it’s possible.
The band has a month-long tour gap in their schedule after Cat’s Cradle in North Carolina.
Hemsworth has local ties in terms of his management, and he’ll be playing Squamish. In addition, Outside Lands is embracing electronic acts—an appearance is possible.
We just sort of have a hunch about this one, partially because he played a different Another Planet Festival, Treasure Island, last October.
They’ve been making a lot of waves this year in San Francisco, and they’d be a shoo-in for Outside Lands.
San Francisco loves Phish, and though they’re not scheduled for Bonnaroo, they are participating in the festival’s announcement show, meaning Superfly (who puts on Outside Lands with Another Planet) has already been in talks with them. The band also has a 3 week break in their tour dates in August. It would mean a repeat act for Outside Lands, but it’s bound to happen at some point, right? Maybe?
There is almost nothing to support this theory, but we just really hope Justin Vernon brings this band back to San Francisco!
Who would you like to see at Outside Lands this year?