The Outside Lands Arts and Music Festival in San Francisco, Northern California’s premier outdoor concert, plans to return from a pandemic-imposed absence this year, moving from its usual late-summer run in Golden Gate Park to a three-day event on Halloween weekend.
Another Planet Entertainment, the independent Berkeley promotion company that co-produces the festival with Superfly, is hopeful that, with the long wait, Outside Lands will happen after its 2020 edition is postponed.
“That gives us more time to have the most normal festival we can have,” said Allen Scott, president of concerts and festivals for Another Planet.
Scott told The Chronicle that his team makes weekly calls with city and state public health officials. They are also in regular contact with the San Francisco Parks and Recreation Department and artists scheduled to perform.
“There is a lot of open dialogue,” he said. “This is an unprecedented situation.”
The news about moving the event to October. 29-31 was announced on Thursday, March 18, after some media reported that the festival was still scheduled to run from August 6 to 8, information based on the Outside Lands website, which had not been updated for nine months until this week.
Outside Lands has kept most of its lineup that was scheduled to perform last year, including lead artists Strokes, Lizzo, and Tame Impala, but has added 16 new acts. Among them are Kaytranada, Glass Animals, Lord Huron, Brijean and Flo Milli, who will join nearly four dozen previously announced acts such as Tyler, the Creator, Vampire Weekend, Kehlani, Rexx Life Raj, Zhu, Young Thug, Khruangbin, Sofi Tukker. , Nelly, Brittany Howard, Angel Olsen, Sharon Van Etten, and Marc Rebillet.
Whether the festival, which typically draws as many as 75,000 crowded people a day at Polo Field in Golden Gate Park, can actually occur during the coronavirus pandemic, it will depend on several factors.