With festival tickets now on sale, Outside Lands organizers are starting to leak artist confirmations before the official announcement arrives on April 8.
Here’s a list of essentially confirmed acts and educated guesses for the festival, August 8-10 in Golden Gate Park.
APRIL 8 UPDATE: We have confirmation for Outside Lands 2014 with Kanye West (the most controversial headliner to date), Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, The Killers and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis headlining the festival this year. Read more and watch the Funny or Die announcement video with Huey Lewis.
APRIL 7 UPDATE: Outside Lands organizers are increasing the frequency of lineup leaks as the official announcement gets closer. A handful of acts were essentially confirmed via the festival’s instagram account over the weekend, including:
Run the Jewels (El-P and Killer Mike).
The performers add to previous leaks: Spoon, Lykke Li, Chromeo, Atmosphere and Paolo Nutini. Stay tuned for more updates as they arrive.
Who would you like to see at the festival this year? Leave a comment with your top picks.
APRIL 4 UPDATE:
Essentially Confirmed via Outside Lands:
-Festival mascot Ranger Dave mentioned ‘Ridin’ the chill wave’ on Twitter and linked to an NPR article about the Tycho, who celebrated his new album with a hometown show at the FIllmore in March
-Swedish electro-pop vocalist Lykke Li should shine with sounds from a variety of instruments, such as violins, synthesizers, tambourines, trumpets, saxophones and cellos
-Ranger Dave also shared a link to the rock band Spoon‘s upcoming new album with a 30-second teaser video
-After taking a hiatus from the limelight, the Scottish singer-songwriter and guitarist Paolo Nutini appears ready to rejoin the festival circuit
-Despite forming back in 1989, Minnesota hip hop group Atmosphere (rapper Slug and DJ/producer Ant) have a new music video for their song, ‘Bitter’, from, which was re-posted by OSL organizers
Strong Potential Candidates to Attend:
-D’Angelo unfortunately had to cancel his OSL performance last year, but his California tour dates this August make a reattempt seem fitting
-Pharrell (and maybe Daft Punk?): Ranger Dave claimed to have loaned his hat to Pharrell for his Grammy’s performance in January.
-Cut Copy is scheduled to play Red Rocks Colorado on August 5, with Chromeo and Flume
-Flume sold out the Mezzanine last year and is slated for Coachella along West coast tour stops in Colorado and Las Vegas in August
-Foster the People are already on the Coachella bill, but with a big tour and new album to promote, Outside Lands makes a lot of sense
-Iron & Wine have plans to play in Hollywood on August 10
-The Pixies have a sizable gap in their August tour schedule
-Ray Lamontagne has no Bay Area tour stops, but performs at Colorado’s Red Rocks on August 7, in Salt Lake City the following day, with a gap before his Oregon show on August 12 and Seattle date on August 13
-Kool and the Gang play two shows in Hollywood on August 8 and 9, followed by an idle period for the next 10 days
-Adele would be a HUGE score for Outside Lands given her super-star status and lack of live shows in many months, but we might be reading to deep into Ranger Dave’s random shout out to Adele when he shared a Paolo Nutini studio session video
-Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello is playing at L.A. Rising in August, making travel to Northern California plausible
-The Boss, Bruce Springsteen has a new album on the way, lacks of West coast tour dates, and he’s currently touring with Tom Morello, meaning we could see mega magic this year
-Elton John seems like a fit since he’s playing Bonnaroo and his Vegas residency at Caesars ends in April
-Eminem leads the headliners for Lollapolooza, but his August tour dates on the West Coast align nicely for a San Francisco stop
-Kanye West is probably more focused on his upcoming wedding with Kim Kardashian, but his affection for San Francisco is clear given his engagement at AT&T park
-Macklemore and Ryan Lewis had three sold out shows in Northern California last year, meaning an appearance by the Seattle emcee and producer duo a decent possibility
-Arctic Monkeys are also headlining Lollapalooza, but they have a big gap in their tour schedule in August with no Bay Area dates planned
-Although Phish performed at OSL in 2011, the band has a three-week tour break in August
-In March, Prince told fans at Fox Oakland that he’ll return to the Bay Area “…sooner than you think. And we’ll be bringing some friends.”