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Outside Lands 2015: 7 Acts You Can't Miss

Jillian Morabito |
August 3, 2015 | 9:07 p.m. PDT

Music Editor

Let's get one thing straight--people from California pretend to love the outdoors. There's something in their nature to repeatedly emphasize how much they love it--to friends, co-workers, social media, etc. 

It's not true. A true Californian will like the outdoors for ten minutes until he or she realizes there is a thing called air conditioning and a home gym. 

However, there is one thing Californians can agree on loving the outdoors for and that is San Francisco's prized music festival, Outside Lands. Commencing its eighth year, if you are lucky enough to attend this weekend, here are seven acts you simply cannot miss.

Oh, and bring bug spray. 

Chet Faker

The Australian’s soothing and raspy voice fused with electronic sound bites make him a definite must-see. Who can forget his unparalleled collaborations with EDM mastermind Flume or his legendary cover of “No Diggity”? Exactly. He is fashioning a new generation of alternative music. 


The NYC pop trio is fun, lighthearted and the quintessential festival band. Misterwives’ debut album, “Our Own House,” quickly rose to the top of indie’s most beloved albums of this year thus far. You’ll be dancing in no time as they play hits such as “Vegabond” and “Reflections.” 

Glass Animals

English lads Glass Animals have taken the world by storm. Friends since the age of 14, their ethereal sound are straight out of a modern-day, chic Alfred Hitchcock film. You’ll be transcended into another universe with tracks such as “Gooey” and “Holiest.” 

READ MORE: Outside Lands 2014: Complete Recap

Ryn Weaver

How can you “Octahate” this singer when her pop grooves are almost too fun to ignore? Weaver’s strange run-ins and mishaps to get to where she is—the hottest new pop star in the biz—are nothing short of divine fate. If you miss dancing during “The Fool” or singing along during “Promises,” you’ll certainly regret it.  


LA’s favorite garage rockers are gracing Outside Lands with their chill rifts and psychedelic vocals. If there is one band to culminate the feelings of a California summer, it is the Allah-Las. “Catamaran” is an obvious must-hear, with that surfer, 60s vibe pulsating through the chorus. However, you can’t go wrong with any tune the band chooses to play during their set. 

Laura Marling

Listen to the singer songwriter and you will immediately acknowledge that there is something special about Marling’s lyricism, rhythm and acoustic talents.  She speaks of love, life and everything in between. “Take the Night Off” is perhaps one of the most hauntingly beautiful songs ever writer, and we love every minute of it. 

Elton John 

After pondering this for quite sometime, I don’t think there’s anything better than seeing the Rocket Man himself perform in the woods of San Francisco. Regardless of the acts you have lined up for the rest of the weekend, this one is sure to make everyone bellow with happiness. Whatever you do, don’t let the sun go down on OL without seeing the living legend. 

See the OL schedule here

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