Outside Lands 2014 sold out in record time this year. Today, the organizers released the list of returning wine, beer and food vendors which include Nombe's sushi burritos as well as newcomers AQ bringing with them their highbrow spaghetti sloppy joe's, no doubt pleasing the gourmands among the festival-goers. But this is a music festival nonetheless, so for the lucky ones who have secured those coveted wristbands, you’ve already dropped a bundle, why not get there early? Not just to feast on the epicurean delights but more importantly, to catch the acts lower down the bill.
Outside Lands 2014 to be held from Aug 8 to 10, is in its seven year and has quickly become one of the more popular national summer festivals around. Proof is in the pudding with all general admission tickets selling out within a day, quickly followed by the pricier VIP Single Day for Saturday which presents headliners, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers. Sunday which touts the The Killers who will no doubt close the festival in Las Vegas-style with rousing pyrotechnics and general mirth, sold out soon after.
VIP tickets for the divisive, Kanye West who headlines Friday were the only tickets remaining but those too sold out eventually, together with the last of the VIP 3-Day passes that cost a cool $595 each. Taking less than 2 weeks from when tickets first went on sale for the whole shin-dig to sell out, it's the fastest ever for the festival.
The bulk of festival-goers were concerned with headliners first and foremost. However, it's the sub-headliners that are the meat and potatoes of any good festival and this year OSL has it in buckets. Reliable bands such as Death Cab for Cutie who performed a solid set at Boston Calling last weekend. Ben Gibbard also announced to fans there that they could expect a new album soon so perhaps OSL may be lucky and hear a new song or two. Arctic Monkeys too had an eventful weekend kicking off the Summer festival season in the UK with a much-anticipated two-nights at Finsbury Park. Both were sold out. Let's just hope that Alex Turner brings more than just the cool swagger and same set list from his old bag of tricks.
EDM fans will be pleased to see Disclosure back in the Bay Area after playing at Treasure Island last October. Indie fans have alt-rock stalwarts, The Flaming Lips while those who worship at the altar of hip-hop have Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. The official OSL website that allows fans to create their own fantasy line-up based on the year’s bill shows most highlight bands from the top half. We thought it wise to take a look at the bands playing the lower half of the bill, the ones in small print.
It’s only relative that bands that live in the bottom of the bill aren’t as good as the ones breathing the rarified air around the headliners and sub-headliners. Sure they may not have done their touring hours but some of them have been creating so much buzz that you know their ascent will hasten, faster than you can say ‘Haim rhymes with chime’. So to celebrate seven years of Outside Lands, here are seven ‘minor’ acts jostling for the majors.