This past weekend I embarked on a magical culture quest to the city of San Francisco for the Outside Lands Music Festival. Everything about the trip exceeded my expectations, so it is tough to really put everything into writing. As I’d previously mentioned, there were certain acts and artists that I was dying to see, but sometimes you lose yourself to the festival and fate takes over to help you discover music that you never knew you could love so much. This is exactly what happened to me on the first two days of the festival, thanks to my Outside Lands Spirit Guides, Lauren & TPJ.
Day 1: I was all amped to see Of Monsters & Men (I’m a little too obsessed with “Little Talks”), when one of my festival friends asked if I’d see Die Antwoord (Afrikaans for “The Answer”) instead. To be honest, I’d not heard of them and was resistant, but she assured me that it would be right up my ally. As we walked toward the stage Die Antwoord was performing on, it became clear to me that I was in the right place. I was completely surrounded by “my people,” which basically means I was surrounded by party-hardy circus freaks. Die Antwoord captivated me fromt the start. Their performance was almost unmatched all weekend, bringing surreal energy & uncharted charisma to the stage. The whole crowd, stretching as far back as I could see, was going absolutely bonkers. How had I not heard of them before!? I immediatly downloaded both of their albums, $O$ and Ten$ion, and have an unhealthy obsession with “Enter The Ninja,” “Beat Boy,” “Baby’s On Fire,” and “I Fink U Freeky.” Check ’em out!
Day 2: After having an amazing day 1 with Fitz and the Tantrums, Die Antwoord, MSTRKRFT and Justice, I was excited for the more “ethereal” vibe I’d mapped out for day 2. Keep in mind that at this point I had not slept for basically 48 hours, so it was hard to tell the difference between dreams & reality–a line that was further blurred when Sigur Rós took the stage. It was the most beautiful fucking thing I have ever seen. I never thought I’d see Heaven, because, let’s face it, I’m going straight to Hell, but Sigur Rós was like a watching and listening to a chorus of beautiful angels. Their performance transcended a simple concert going experience– it was like witnessing exquisit art being crafted. I mean, I literally have no words. Please, do yourself a favor and see them live if you ever get the chance.
I could literally write a book on my experience at Outside Lands (but actually), but what I really want to leave y’all with are the two artists above– Die Antwoord and Sigur Rós really blew me away (and yes, they’re both on Spotify).
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