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.”