Outside Lands, the beloved eco-friendly music festival in the heart of San Francisco, kicked off this Friday at the Golden Gate Park. Only one day in, the festival has already seen it’s share of surprises. So far we have stories ranging from ‘bloody’ Yeezus gimmicks, Disclosure-fueled dance marathons, surprisingly charming country stars, and more. Here’s a quick recap of what you may have missed at Outside Lands if you were unable to attend this Friday.
1. Kanye West hides his face, drops “Blood on the Leaves” 3 times
Kanye West is still pushing his last album Yeezus, and gave audiences at Outside Lands gossip for Saturday morning when he hid his face during the majority of his performance. He closed the show with “Blood On The Leaves” ordering fans to make mosh pit circles. His favorite track from the Yeezus album, Kanye played back the massive drop three times in total, finally leaving the stage in foggy silence after the last one. Despite some few gimmicky displays, Yeezus’s performance was passionate, fast-paced, and musically sound, so his reputation for unforgettable live shows was left untainted. His theatricality will make him a tough act to follow on Saturday and Sunday.
2. Disclosure woos crowds with dance-driven beats and enthusiasm
Disclosure DJs Guy and Howard Lawrence fired up their laptops around 6:30 for a bass-heavy, dance-fueled set. They opened with a remixed version of “F for You” that features Mary J Blige. The brothers are fresh off of an intense set last weekend at HARD Summer in Southern California, where they played the same remix. Their HARD performance may have had slight edge over Outside Lands, because Ms. Blige was not in San Francisco to sing alongside the duo. Any lack of featured vocalists hardly made a dent in their massively successful set, though. Disclosure quickly won over the crowds with dance-able, bass-driven beats, and thanked everyone for taking part in (what they think is) the biggest show they’ve played for in their careers.
3. Chromeo rocked away the foggy afternoon
Chromeo has a great rep for their onstage antics and ability to get crowds going with their signature electro-funk. Most fans were psyched to see Chromeo performed, especially when “Jealous” came on. Music festival regulars may have been dissapointed to see an identical setlist and rehearsed stage banter that the duo had at Lollapalooza about a week ago.
4. Kacey Musgraves impressed with sweet country melodies
Kacey Musgraves is a rising country star who was nominated for a 2014 Grammy for Best New Artist. A memorable part of her light-hearted set was a fresh cover of Bob Marley’s ‘Three Little Birds’. One festival-goer says: “She sounded superb, like someone who will be a major force in country for years to come.” but noted that Kacey “performed in front of a surprisingly small crowd.”
5. Run the Jewels hovers between ‘loud rap’ and killer performance
Run the Jewels is a duo consisting of rappers El-P and Killer Mike, who first collaborated on Killer Mike’s R.A.P. Music in 2012, considered one of the best hip-hop albums of the year (some say it’s right up there next to Kendrick’s Good Kid, m.a.a.d City album). Both rappers are talented, but Killer Mike seems to have an instinctual talent and slight edge over El-P on stage. Overall the set was a winner, but at times the duo toed the line between hard gritty rhymes and simple ‘loud rap,’ which some festival goers may not have appreciated.