Outside Lands bringing the big dogs to GGP like Metallica, Foo Fighters, Wonder

The Outside Lands music festival will return to Golden Gate Park from August 10 through 12, and they just announced the lineup today which includes the usual eclectic mix of artists.

Whether you’re into metal, folk rock or thumping dance music, Outside Lands will have something for your musical tastes. The 2012 headliners include Metallica, Stevie Wonder, Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Jack White, Foo Fighters, Beck and Skrillex.

Other names you may be familiar with: Norah Jones, Fitz and the Tantrums, Franz Ferdinand, Regina Spektor, and Passion Pit.

3-day tickets go on sale this Thursday, April 19 at 12noon Pacific with prices ranging from $195 for a special 3-day ticket to $495 for a VIP 3-day ticket which includes lounge seating, special restrooms, VIP food and drink access and a commemorative poster.

No word yet on who is playing when over the course of the 3 day festival, or when single-day tickets are going on sale. And we’ll undoubtedly be hearing about the food and wine lineup in the coming weeks as well.

Here’s the full list of 66 artists and bands performing at Outside Lands 2012:

Alabama Shakes
Allen Stone
Amadou & Mariam
Andrew Bird
Animal Kingdom
Big Boi
Big Gigantic
Bloc Party
Bomba Estereo
City and Colour
Die Antwoord
Dirty Dozen Brass Band
Dr. Dog
Electric Guest
Explosions in the Sky
Father John Misty
Fitz and The Tantrums
Foo Fighters
Franz Ferdinand
Honey Island Swamp Band
Jack White
Michael Kiwanuka
Neil Young & Crazy Horse
Norah Jones
Of Monsters and Men
Passion Pit
Portugal. The Man
Reggie Watts
Regina Spektor
Sean Hayes
Sharon Van Etten
Sigur Ros
Stevie Wonder
Tame Impala
The Be Good Tanyas
The Kills
The M Machine
The Walkmen
Thee Oh Sees
Trampled by Turtles
Two Gallants
Washed Out
White Denim
Wolfgang Gartner
Yellow Ostrich
Zola Jesus

Will you be going to this year’s festival? Who are the bands you’re looking forward to seeing live? Leave a comment to let us know!

Sarah B.


  1. I’m thinking a weekend in Santa Cruz, or perhaps the wine country, or anywhere but the Richmond really.

  2. Some great acts on this list! Hope I can win tickets again….

  3. Awesome always love this weekend even if I don’t go to the show. So much excitement with the extra people in the neighborhood.

  4. We may go this year, possibly fly out my husband’s brother too.

  5. Oooh ooh! Can’t wait for the debate here about all the noise!

  6. two of my neighbors with small kids have had to leave for the last 3 years — kids cry all the time, wont sleep. dogs and cats wont eat and are nervous wrecks because of the 3 days shaking floors and walls. the park we bought houses near is suddenly Oracle stadium cops and promoters promise all kinds of things each year to make it better and f-all happens. cops are making a fortune they don’t give a dam. sick of it.

  7. Get off my lawn! I seeing people having fun. Won´t someone think of the children.

  8. Used to dislike Outside Lands. Then learned how much the Park and Rec. department earns from it. Now I can tolerate a weekend of noise knowing that the parks will be kept in good shape the rest of the year.

  9. Fun! I hope everyone has a great time! Maybe I’ll go this year- people were actually parking all the way out here on Lake St. last year. Think I’ll leave my car in the same spot all weekend.

  10. There’s a lot more open space in McLaren Park. It could use some of the City’s attention. With these headliners, they could hold this anywhere.

    I’m tired of GG Park being used almost every weekend from April-October for major events. The City should spread these around instead of impacting the west side all the time.

    Use Piers 30-32.

  11. I’m stoked! Waiting for single-day tickets to go online to see Neil Young (hopefully Andrew Bird and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band will be on the same day). The best part is being within walking distance – I live at 14th and Fulton.

  12. Golden gate park is not the proper facility for such a massive event, its a park not a fair grounds.

  13. average richmond sf poster, so right you are!

    I moved to the Richmond last year the weekend of HSBG. I was so annoyed by how hard it was for me to park and unload our truck. Then I stopped and realized one of the reasons I moved to San Francisco from the east bay was to be able to take advantage of and enjoy cultural events that other people in the bay area have to drive to.

    I’m not generally a fan of massive music festivals but I think the park is as good a place as any to hold these type of events. What other PUBLIC space has the kind of capacity that GG Park has?
    I worked in the park for a few years and as a commuter it sucked when there was a concert, festival, or race, I even called out sick to work just because of Bay to Breakers one year. However I don’t think the world revolves around me and my clan so have little sympathy for the type of people that want others to not enjoy themselves in a public space because they are inconvenienced for a weekend.

    What a line up, if the promoters can draw these kind of acts the festival will probably continue to grow in the future. All you NIMBY folks might want to start planning your annual get away weekends in advance.

    That being said I might so whatever day Stevie Wonder plays.

  14. I believe there must be hotels near McLaren park that people can move to for the weekend. That way they can still be in the city and enjoy being next to a bucolic park, since apparently many folks need that 365 days a year.

  15. @4th generation richmond districter

    Think of how the Olohne feel! They were here way before you.

  16. I don’t care for the festival too much since its not my type of music, I just can’t stand the freakin traffic going south bound! It takes forever to get out of the park! Ugh! But I will tolerate it since the parks will get some much needed income, and people watching in traffic ain’t that bad. Thank god it’s only 1 weekend.

  17. Oh is this the yearly complain about Outside Lands thread? Oh no, the poor neighborhood, once a year, is the best spot to live in the city.

    I mean, think of the children and while we’re at it let’s get rid of that Hustler truck too.

  18. Look at this photo and tell me that more than 3 days of this, followed by 700,000 people at Hardly Stricly doesnt hurt gg park. and how its good for the hood. drive down this part of geary and look whats their. chruches. gas station. flowershops. closed grocery store. apts and houses. You think people driving in from Oakland to see metallica are stopping to guy glasses and get their oil changed on the way in. or is it when they are going home at 9 at nighta fter being at a concert for 10 hrs? total b.s. and people are chowing down on it.

  19. Yes, it is good for the park, which is meant to be used and not merely looked at. The park is re-sodded afterwards, as I u nderstand it. Many many local businesses see an uptick in their traffic; I’ve seen it with my own eyes after the events on Geary. Many local places that are normally closed early actually stay open late for these crowds.

    So yes, it is a boon for the city and the neighborhood.

  20. Looking forward to it! Will finally go for the first time after seeing the line up. Not thrilled about how crowded it will be, but some great bands. As for damage, I run through GG Park all the time and I don’t notice any real damage from this and the other events (HS Bluegrass, car shows, etc). It helps pay for the maintenance of our beautiful park so the inconvenience is a small price to pay.

  21. Oh my God. The complaining on here is insane. I was planning to come from NY as I just went to Bamboozle in Asbury Park, NJ and it was awesome. (p.s. Thanks to the people from Asbury Park for not being such sticks in the mud). But, now I don’t know if I want to come to a city where the people are so ridiculously annoying. I’ll just stay in NYC where people like to have fun.

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