Outside Lands 2012: Day 3


Posted at 11:00am, 8/14/2012

betterPropaganda contributor, Fabian Molina headed to Outside Lands at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco last weekend to enjoy the music, food and weather (not so much.) Check out his recap and photos below from Day 3:

The last day of the festival comes with its bittersweet moments. For one, having been walking around for three days and being exposed to so much dust, pushing and shoving, and good old fashioned dancing, my body had taken a beating. On the other hand, it's a sad moment when you realize that the music will come to an end and you'll have to go to work the next day. Or, maybe you are the sort of seasoned festival attendee that takes to calling in "sick" on the Monday after. I suppose if you were in the center of Sunday nights drug inspiring, Skrillex set, then you probably aren't lying to your boss.




I would like to take this moment to give a shout out to the weather for for making Sunday another bearable and enjoyable day. There were spots of sunshine poking through the clouds as I stepped up to the Lands End Stage to watch Fun. There's something about the amount of energy Nate Ruess has on stage that makes you not want to blink for fear of missing something. So with my eyes peeled and my camera out I sung along with the crowd to their biggest hits "Some Nights" and "We Are Young".




While checking the schedule for Sundays lineup and suddenly realizing how freaking packed it was, I realized that I needed to make some changes to my schedule. The decision: I was going to stay at the Lands End Stage the rest of the night. Yup, I had had enough of walking back and forth. It had gotten to that point that I would run into someone at every turn, and even on a few occasions got beer spilled on me. So I dove into the crowd, camera first, and made my way up to the front. Along the journey to the front I saw Franz Ferdinand in between peoples hands in the air. And later, Regina Spector must have transferred some of her calming energy to the crowd because once her voice sung those poppy high note melodies, the path became clear. My spot to see Jack White's performance opened up to me.




With huge anticipation, San Francisco welcomed Jack White onto the stage. His set was a well welcomed mix of some new solo songs and a few from White Stripes days. It was even great to hear him sing "Two Against One", a collaboration he did with Danger Mouse and Daniele Luppi for the album Rome. I think the moment thematically set the mood for me was when he played "We're Going To Be Friends." It gave me the same elated feeling of togetherness that I felt when I heard Justice's "We Are Your Friends" on Friday night. This is what we are all here for isn't it? Friendship. The music at the festival is just here as an adhesive to bind us together. Even if it's only for a weekend, we are all here to experience it together.




Closing off the night at the Lands End Stage was Stevie Wonder. He opened his set with an awesome bit of keytar playing that turned out to be a cover of Marvin Gaye's "How Sweet It Is." We we were all students in the self proclaimed "School of Wonder" as Stevie taught us how to sing along with him.




After getting some great shots I was getting tired and thought I should check out Skrillex's set on the other side of the park. So after weaving my way through the crowds I had arrived at what looked like a stage that had been used as a landing pad for a Skrillex's very own UFO. I couldn't help but to get swept up in the "bwub, bwub, bwub" of the beat and start dancing myself. At Outside Lands 2012 we were together. San Francisco, and the music, united. Until next year my friends.




- Fabian Molina

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