Wet performs at Outside Lands 2016
Inside Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival, Day 1
‘The Indy’ Hears LCD Soundsystem, Drinks Cotton Candy Coffee, and Rides a Metal Bear Bike
Saturday, August 6, 2016
Outside Lands Music Festival 2016
The Santa Barbara Independent head to San Francisco for the three-day music festival, Outside Lands, held in Golden Gate Park each August.
It feels good to be on the inside of the Outside. Founded in 2008, the massive festival, held within Golden Gate Park, has become known worldwide as one of the most consistently fun, laid-back, and gourmet goings-on in the festival circuit. Music editors Michelle Drown and Richie DeMaria were lucky to attend the three-day extravaganza. Here are some of the highlights of the first day, which included exciting sets from LCD Soundsystem and Duran Duran and whimsical foodstuffs like cotton candy coffee and artisanal cocktails.
By Michelle Drown
Maple infused cold brew coffee with cotton candy topping at Outside Lands 2016
Soft as Cotton Just when you thought cold brew coffee was improvement enough over its more acidic hot temperature version comes a cold brew topped off with a cloud of cotton candy. While not the most beautiful presentation — why is the cotton candy on top of the lid and not afloat on the liquid? — the maple infused iced coffee itself was delicious and surprisingly not too sweet. The flop of spun sugar on the lid was a bit drippy and needed to be eaten directly before imbibing the liquid caffeine. It was a fun festival drink that turned heads.
Wet’s Slightly Damp Set Wet have drawn quite a crowd for their sleek and pretty downtempo indie pop, but left us wondering if their attraction is more about style than substance. Some songs, like “These Days,” boasted soothing melodies, but a little more dynamism could elevate the band from pleasant sonic padding to something a more engaging.
By Richie DeMaria
Glenna Herbert (left) and Emily Hamren (right)