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Outside Lands: Hit out of the (Golden Gate) Park

The recyclable wine glasses have all been picked up and the steel fences have been removed. So ends San Francisco’s third annual Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival. Last weekend, the city’s iconic Golden Gate Park was flooded with young and old music lovers drawn to the eclectic lineup of feel-good Further, mainstream Kings of Leon, electronic Basshunter and media darlings Phoenix.


As Grateful Dead devotees and cardigan-wearing teenagers spill out of the BART, the scaled-down festival, entering its third year in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, will still be figuring out its niche in the otherwise well-established Bay Area music scene. Think of this Saturday and Sunday as the fest’s soul-searching period: all the bands and elements of success are there, but whether they all gel after this weekend is another story.