5 Ways To Make Outside Lands Music Festival Better

08/04/2014

Kanye West, Tom Petty, Disclosure, hockey-puck sized peanut butter cups, and every type of local micro-beer combined can still culminate in a shitty Outside Lands experience if you’re unprepared.  So don’t be. Water, sweaters, and money are just a few things you’ll need to have for the best festival experience. Here are five tips:

1. Spend your money, wisely…

You’ve already spent over a hundred dollars on a ticket, and nothing hurts more than looking at an empty wallet. There are many ways to help your dollar go further.

While Outside Lands offers plenty of delightful food options, you can also bring in your own bites. Burritos are cheap, portable meals. There’s a Gordo’s (9th avenue & Lincoln) and Underdogs (19th and Irving). San Tung’s (11th & Irving) dry chicken wings are the perfect midday snack. At the festival, these concessions will give you a $3 discount if use PayPal on your phone to purchase: 1) Il Cane Rosso 2) Freshroll 3) Pacific Catch 4) Straw Sataysfied 5) The American Grilled Cheese Kitchen 6) Glaze Teriyaki 7) Tacolicious 8) Wise Sons and 9) Proposition Chicken.

Bring a water bottle. You’ll not only be more green, but you’ll save money with free refills at the water stations.

2. You’ll want to bring…

Layers. Don’t be fooled. The neighborhood is called The Sunset, but it’s anything but sunny come 6pm. The always unpredictable Sunset weather is currently slated for a high in the 70s and low in the 60s, plan for the latter with a t-shirt, sweater, and light jacket. Remember sunblock because a day in the sun fog can still cause an unenjoyable burn. And if you’re the type of person who feels naked without a cellphone, bring an external battery charge or better yet, a power cord. You can also recharge at the PayPal tent that is located in the middle of the festival. Your best bet is to turn your phone off when you’re not using it or, otherwise it will constantly search for service and updates. Lastly, the lawn gets damp at night and if a grass stain is unbecoming to you, bring a blanket.

3. Make a plan in advance…

Around 50,000 people attend the festival each day. It’s easy to get lost, and hard to find people. Designate a meeting spot that isn’t in a high traffic area (e.g. the windmill) or out of ear range of a stage. The swarms of people mean you’ll have limited cell reception, so use email to communicate. It also means getting to and from will take plenty of time, as MUNI is notoriously inefficient, so plan to arrive an hour before that band you have to see. Once you’re there, skip the first ID tents (if you want to drink) because the lines will be longer, and there are others within the middle of the festival.

4. You should do this at the festival…

Catch a band at the Panhandle Stage. Some of our favorites to catch this year are Mikal Cronin (Friday @ 4:30pm) Bear Hands (Friday @ 6:05pm), Big Freedia (Saturday @ 6:05pm), Brothers Comatose (Sunday @ 1:20pm), and Gardens and Villa (Sunday @ 5:55pm). Nestled between the Lands End and Twin Peak stages, the festival’s smallest stage is viewable from an arrangement of haystacks providing the most intimate performances by day, and dance parties by night. Similarly, don’t overlook Chocolands’ carnival stage which has housed impromtu sets from Jack White and Wild Belle in years past. Lastly, if you need to rest your feet and escape the masses, take a break at the comedy tent located across from the Polo Stage.

5. Things to remember…

The line for the Heineken House is not worth it. Check it out only if you can get in easily. Walking between the Lands End and Twin Peaks Stages will take at least twenty minutes with foot traffic, so prepare. Recently, the festival’s security has gotten rather agro about peeing in the bushes, so tinkle at your own risk because they might kick you out. Finally, consider eating at off hours like 3pm or 9pm to avoid the long lines.

Who are you most excited to see? What about eat or drink?