This article was edited March 17, 2015. See updates in italics.
If the release of 2015’s extra-eager Eager Beaver tickets are any indication, it looks like everything is getting an early start in regards to this year’s Outside Lands festival.
So, while you’re weighing your options as to whether or not you’ll fork out the cash for a ticket Thursday, we thought we’d get you caught up on the latest rumors in regards to who will play this year’s fest. While we hope there will be a female headliner at the fest this year, that may not happen. However, if we’re just speculating, the probable lineup still looks pretty good.
Here are our likely, probable, and definitely out acts for the 2015 Outside Lands festival. We will continue to update as Ranger Dave gives more clues.
Who’s A Good Bet:
Hot Chip’s website lists a booked date at the Greek in Los Angeles August 11, but their booking agency lists an additional tour date just before, at the Squamish Festival near Vancouver August 7-9. Since the band will obviously not be playing all three days at the festival and they’re looking to promote the crap out of their new album Why Make Sense? dropping May 18, there’s a good chance they’ll be stopping in SF for an Outside Lands appearance. That makes their supporting act Com Truise a good bet as well.
Sam Smith’s recently announced tour schedule offers a glaring gap between his Quincy, Washington and San Diego dates, leaving him open to perform a set in the city August 9.
Bonnaroo headliner Billy Joel can’t do Outside Lands this year due to the festival’s radius clause (he has a date at AT&T Park in September), leaving the spot open for another major heritage act to headline. As many have pointed out, Springsteen is a shoo-in, for two reasons. First, obviously he has somehow never headlined Outside Lands, and he would slay at the fest. But more importantly, there’s this: Outside Lands tweeted a suspicious message in January, seemingly making reference to High Hopes, Springsteen’s latest album.
Here’s the thing: Jeff Tweedy will be in San Francisco this Spring, which seemingly makes Wilco seem unlikely. However, he’ll be performing as Tweedy, not as Wilco. Performing as a different band probably doesn’t violate any radius clause, which still creates the potential that his original band will play OSL. Wilco is heading out on tour this year, and is playing the Greek in Los Angeles August 6. As of yet, they’re not stopping in San Francisco.
Mumford & Sons
Mumford is primed for a new tour. They’ve already announced their “Stopover” Gentlemen of the Road series, and have set dates in Walla Walla, WA on August 14-15 (and Scotland at the end of July), but nothing set for OSL weekend. Call us crazy, but we have a hunch about this one.
Drake and/or Kendrick Lamar:
OSL needs a major rapper this year. The climate is right. Iggy Azalea isn’t really festival material (and her recently rescheduled tour would violate the radius clause). Azaelia Banks is, but she’s not as big in the West as she is on the East Coast. There are many contenders, but two that stand out: Drake and Kendrick Lamar. Drake dropped his surprise mixtape If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late, and he’s got another one, Views From the 6, on the way soon via his own label. Basically, Drake has a ton of new material. On the other hand, many people have speculated Kendrick Lamar will play Outside Lands this summer based on the fact that he’s on Bonnaroo’s bill (which is a sister festival of OSL). One thing is for sure: OSL would be completely foolish to not book Kendrick/Black Hippy.
Edit: Kendrick is probably happening.
It’s worth mentioning here that there’s a rumor circulating on Reddit that G-Eazy, The Black Keys and Allah-Las are confirmed to play. It’s hard to verify The Black Keys and G-Eazy (the first has nothing announced after June 14 and G-Eazy is from the area so he’s always nearby). The Allah-Las, on the other hand are playing the Huichica Fest in Sonoma in June, which makes them seem unlikely.
Who’s Likely To Appear:
Jack Ü and/or Deadmau5
Jack Ü is so hot right now, and Diplo and Skrillex both have gaps in their tour schedule that would make an OSL date possible. If the fest opts to book an EDM act as a headliner in favor of a rapper, they could be a real contender. Deadmau5 is headlining Bonnaroo, which makes him likely, unless Mumford & Sons is also headlining. The OSL lineup can’t be too similar to Bonnaroo’s — booking 2/3 of their headliners would be too much.
Who Should Appear:
The Bay loooooooooves Dan Deacon. He has nothing announced after June, and there’s this: at his live set at Amoeba during Noise Pop, he reportedly said, “I’ll be around the area for some festival in like August.” However, he could also have been mistaken about the date and meant Treasure Island.
Annie Clark was due for the festival last year.
There’s a week-long tour gap in their schedule after they play Hollywood.
The have a set to make up!
Who’s Unlikely To Appear:
Florence + the Machine
Fall Out Boy
We’ll continue to update as we get closer to the festival announcement.