Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Elton John to Play Outside Lands Festival, San Francisco

Elton John, Mumford & Sons and Sam Smith are among the big names slated for the August festival in Golden Gate Park.


Elton John, Mumford & Sons, the Black Keys, Kendrick Lamar and fourtime Grammy winner Sam Smith are among the acts who will top the bill at this year’s Outside Lands festival, the promoters announced Tuesday.

More than 70 acts are set to appear at the three-day concert, which takes place from Aug. 7 to 9 in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, including Wilco, Tame Impala, D’Angelo and the Vanguard, St. Vincent, Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals and ’80s rock icon Billy Idol.

“There have been dozens and dozens of festivals that have popped up since our inception eight years ago,” said Allen Scott, vice president of Another Planet Entertainment, the Berkeley concert promotion firm that co-presents Outside Lands with Superfly Productions of New Orleans. “But I feel like we have a certain latitude in what we book because there’s such a wide, diverse range of taste in the Bay Area. We can have a distinct lineup that reflects that landscape.”

Other artists scheduled to appear on this year’s bill include Hot Chip, Caribou, Chet Faker, First Aid Kit and Lake Street Dive; along with a handful of local Bay Area acts such as G-Eazy, Toro y Moi, Robert DeLong, Giraffage and the Family Crest.

Spread across the Polo Field, Hellman Hollow and Speedway Meadow, the festival will once again offer a variety of epicurean delights from Northern California restaurants, wineries and breweries.
The promoters are particularly excited about getting John, who is in the midst of a four-year residency at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.

“It's going to be one of those magic sing-along evenings in the park, akin to what we had with Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder,” Scott said. “We're really hoping him and Sam Smith do a song or two together.”

Presale tickets for the Outside Lands festival are sold out. General admission tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 26. For pricing and more information, go to www.sfoutsidelands.com.

- SF Chronicle

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