Photos by Anna Alexia Basile
Was Outside Lands really four days ago already? The pain in my feet from traversing Golden Gate Park’s Polo Fields is just now subsiding and I’m still processing the fact that I enjoyed the $5 Four Barrel coffee I waited in long lines for slightly more than the free beer in the press tent. Does that mean I’m growing up or something?
This was my eighth year at Outside Lands, and it was also possibly the foggiest ever. Typically I would be complaining about our weirdly cold summer here in San Francisco that I still haven’t acclimated to after 2+ decades, but this year I embraced it and wore fur (on the third day, upon realizing it was one of the few times I would get to wear it this year, and after seeing how chic Anna looked in hers).
But first, there were many layers. On day one (pictured here), I wore my beloved denim jumpsuit with a military-style wool jacket I bought on sale several years ago at Madewell. I rarely wear it, but it was perfect for this occasion. I also carried (wore?) my trusty Timbuk2 fanny pack (also seen here) along with a vintage Vera scarf and my go-to festival booties by Freda Salvador. They are literally the same color as dirt, so they always look presentable. And then of course my clip-on shades found while on vacation in Florida, which cost $9.99 and people often ask if they’re designer.
Why, though, did I fall back in love with Outside Lands this year? A few reasons, I suppose:
1. In some kind of universal shift, I was organized and on time for the many artist interviews I had scheduled
3. I didn’t have to worry about taking my own photos thanks my awesomely-talented sidekick for the weekend, Anna-Alexia Basile
4. And oh yeah, I got to see Duran Duran, Radiohead, Sufjan Stevens (my favorite performance of the weekend), Beach House, Haelos, Oh Wonder, The Wombats (read my interview with their singer Matthew Murphy at Forbes), The Foals (who didn’t show up for our scheduled interview but it’s all good) LCD Soundsystem, J. Cole and possibly more that I’m not remembering at the moment.
I mean there’s nothing bad about any of that.