Outside Lands Day 1: Women Rock, Plus Foster, Phish And MGMT

Music fans from around the Bay Area and across the country gathered in foggy San Francisco for day 1 of the Outside Lands Music Festival. The eclectic first day lineup left no genre untouched and no music fan unsatisfied (that is, unless you were looking forward to [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Big Boi[/lastfm], who failed to perform).

Bands like [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Foster The People[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]MGMT[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Phish[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]The Joy Formidable [/lastfm]and tons more performed on four different stages in the middle of Golden Gate Park.

One thing was apparent on day one of Outside Lands: girl power is alive and well. Female-led bands like [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Phantogram[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Best Coast[/lastfm] and [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]The Joy Formidable[/lastfm] delivered hard-hitting performances that proved women can rock just as hard as men.

Female emcee [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]K.Flay[/lastfm] offered up some local flavor as Outside Lands opened its gates and welcomed festival goers into Golden Gate Park. The Bay Area-based rapper has built some major buzz with her original material and remixes of major hits, including [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Kreayshawn[/lastfm]’s viral hit “Gucci, Gucci” and the [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Gossip[/lastfm]’s “Heavy Cross.” If there’s anyone on the OSL lineup destined for a major breakthrough, it’s K.Flay.

London-based band [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]The Joy Formidable[/lastfm] rocked the crowd early on in the day. Roars from the crowd visibly fueled lead singer Ritzy Bryan’s intense and soulful vocals. The trio’s set packed a punch with current hit “Whirring” and fan faves like ”I Don’t Want to See You Like This.”

British Indie-pop “it” girl [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Ellie Goulding[/lastfm] drew the most noticeable fanfare of the day. The singer-songwriter’s adoring fans came wielding giant signs that cleverly read “Goulding Gate Park” and sported specialized Ellie Goulding star-shaped sunglasses. Goulding proved why she’s deserving of all the attention surrounding her with flawless delivery of tracks like “Lights” and “Starry Eyed.”

Not to be upstaged by the ladies of the festival, bands like Foster The People, MGMT and Phish wowed fans with epic sets full of feel-good songs that kept crowds moving.

Los Angeles-based band [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Foster The People[/lastfm] easily drew one of the biggest crowds of the entire day. And with good reason. The indie-pop group’s single “Pumped Up Kicks” skyrocketed them to music superstardom, making them one of the most anticipated artists on this year’s OSL lineup.

[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]MGMT[/lastfm] performed a shockingly normal set at Outside Lands. Whether it’s some crazy outfit or a shoe getting thrown onstage, this band always seems to have people talking. However, their OSL set was refreshingly tame. There’s no denying that their performance was impeccable. Tracks like “Electric Feel” and “Time To Pretend” had people endlessly grooving in front of the main stage.

[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Phish[/lastfm] fans jammed out to the psychedelic sounds of the [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Trey Anastasio[/lastfm]-led band for an astonishing three and a half hours. The legendary group performed two back-to-back headlining sets much to the delight of dedicated fans and festival goers. A sea of people swayed back and forth, almost in unison, as Phish closed out the first night of the festival on the main stage.

On that note, let’s get set for Outside Lands day 2!

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