Brandon Yadegari

Outside Lands 2017, Day 1

Gorillaz, Alt-J, Little Dragon, and More Take Stage in San Francisco

The suggested gift for a ten year anniversary is tin, but Outside Lands — which turned one decade this year — is giving gold. This year’s offerings are as bountiful and aurally exciting as ever for the hundreds of thousands who attend the music, food, and artisan festival held in Golden Gate Park. Day one saw an eclectic array of bands including rising stars Kali Uchis, Tove Lo, Electric Guest, and Rag ‘n’ Bone Man as well as established acts Little Dragons, Fleet Foxes, Alt-J, and Lands End stage headliners Gorillaz.

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By Brandon Yadegari

Golden Gate Park polo fields began filling with festival goers as Outside Lands 2017 kicked off Friday, August 11, with a slew of up-and-coming and breakout bands including porches, Rag ‘n’ Bone Man, and Tove Lo.

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Kali Uchis has performed with such well-known musicians as Juanes and Gorillaz, but on Day One of Outside Lands 2017, she owned the stage all by herself. Her infectious style elicited hoots and hollers from the crowd as she trotted out her hits, including “Ridin’ Round,” from 2015’s Por Vida.

Marianne Kuga

Asa Taccone from Electric Guest pulled the crowd in with his staccato dance moves and intense vocals as he sang songs such as “Amber” and “Zero,” a song “about haters,” Taccone said.

By Brandon Yadegari

Festival goers got their pictures taken in front of a giant fresh flower display created by area bloom growers in an effort to educate people about the flower farm industry.

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Festival goers gave RAC their full attention as the band rocked their set lists.

By Brandon Yadegari

Little Dragon’s Yukimi Nagano is enshrouded in the Lands End stage lights’ luminescence as she delights fans with her lively performance.

Marianne Kuga

Fleet Foxes

By Brandon Yadegari

San Francisco City Park Rangers keep an eye on crowds as evening falls on Outside Lands day 1.

Marianne Kuga

Alt-J were bathed in celestial lighting as they executed perfectly their technically dynamic songs live. Playing favorites such as “Nara” and “The Gospel of John Hurt,” the band had the audience in the palms of their hands as they lit up the sky with filaments of light and sound.

Marianne Kuga

Alt-J takes a headlining spot at the Twin Peaks stage.

By Brandon Yadegari

Gorillaz fans tripped the light fantastic as the “virtual band” closed out the first night of Outside Lands 2017.

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