Next weekend I’ll be enjoying the frozen summer tundra that is SF at Outside Lands. Last year was my first year as a fan attending and I will admit fully that I was hesitant. Porta Potties, Non-existent public transportation, and general fear of too many drunk people in one general area? My boyfriend finally coerced to go and I had a great time. Now that I know the tips and tricks for having a great time I’m ready to go! Keep reading for the inside scoop…
Buy A Shuttle Pass
If you have ever have been to Golden Gate Park you know that A: Getting there via public transportation sucks (I have been stranded before), B: You need major parking karma to even think about finding a parking spot. So my answer to this problem if you live outside is a shuttle pass. It’s downright luxurious after a long day in crowds and being wind-blown. The best bet here though is to leave a bit early (but not too early or you’ll be waiting for the shuttle to arrive) to the beat the throng of concert goers.
Use The Porta Potties In The Morning
A lot my hesitation last year was the fact that I knew that there weren’t any REAL bathrooms at Golden Gate park and I all I could think of is the eww factor. So I found as long as you go to the bathroom earlier in the day and pack your hand sanitizer and maybe a few tissues you should be golden.
Download The Outside Lands App
Rather than fumbling with several pieces of paper with the list of bands you want to see simply download this year’s Outside Lands App. You can make a schedule of the bands you want to see, see where you would like to eat next and more! There is a map too which is very important because as the day wears on you get tired and knowing exactly where stuff is will save you a headache.
Enjoy The Developing Artists
What I love most about Outside Lands is that you can discover tons of new bands and artists. Last year I loved Charles Bradley and it was amazing to see him play at the main stage early on Sunday. It was a small crowd and it felt great to be apart of something special that day. Out of all the acts this year I would highly recommend Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Tanlines, Tennis, Of Monsters and Men, Alabama Shakes, and Allen Stone.
Save Your Tummy
The food at Outside Lands beats any venue I have been to hands down. My favorite area last year was Choco Lands which was a chocolate only yum fest in the forest so if you need to escape Die Antwoord this is where I would recommend you go.
Going to Outside Lands this year? Let me know in the comments with your favorite band choice…