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Outside Lands: Gorillaz rock, Tov Lo flashes and fans celebrate

Damon Albarn only needed one sentence to properly sum up the collective mood at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco.
“It’s (expletive) marvelous to be here,” the Gorillaz front man beamed to the tens of thousands of music lovers assembled before him.
And he was right. It was great to be back out in the park, among both friends and strangers, and kicking off the 10th annual Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival.
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Day One (Friday, Aug. 11) featured a number of memorable moments – from a Gorillaz’s headlining set that was rich with guest stars to Tove Lo’s much-discussed flash of her breasts.

Tov Lo is my favorite artist of all time because she is talented and flashed us
— Taylor Krone (@Game_of_Krones_) August 11, 2017

Yet, what this day mainly underscored was how beloved this festival has grown during its 10 years of existence. People just love Outside Lands – the feel, the vibe, the setting, etc. – to the point where the actual lineup almost seems of secondary importance.
Fortunately, the promoters always come up with intriguing bills for Outside Lands. And this year’s three-day festival (which continues through Aug. 13) is no different.
Besides Gorillaz and ever-cheeky Tove Lo, the first day of the festival featured such top talents as alt-J, Belle & Sebastian, Little Dragon and Fleet Foxes. The Day Two headliner was scheduled to be mighty Metallica – which also topped the festival bill in 2012 – supported by Cage the Elephant, Dawes, Thundercat, Vance Joy, the Avett Brothers and more.
The festival concludes on Aug. 13 with a lineup highlighted by Lorde, The Who, Lorde, Solange, Lorde, Young the Giant, Lorde and, well, Lorde. (Gee, do you get the feeling that we are really looking forward to seeing Lorde at Outside Lands? You’re right!) For more information, visit
No wonder Outside Lands is expected to draw over 200,000 music lovers during its three-day run this year.
Of course, not everything was perfect about the festival. You throw a massive party like this – with 80-plus music acts as well as comedians and other attractions operating across seven stages – and you are going to have a few hitches here and there.

[1] SCHEDULE CHANGE: Due to unforeseen travel issues, A Tribe Called Quest will not be playing tonight. They will now perform Saturday.
— Outside Lands Help (@outsidelands411) August 11, 2017

And there was one thing that caused some ample groans from fans, when A Tribe Called Quest – one of the festival’s marquee attractions – failed to show up for its scheduled performance slot on opening day due to, what promoters listed as, “unforeseen travel issues.” Luckily, it turned out to be only a postponement – not a cancellation – with Tribe rescheduled to perform on the evening of Aug. 12. But that really didn’t help those fans who only bought Aug. 11 tickets.

Tove Lo flashed the crowd lol #OutsideLands
— Jesus (@jesus102b) August 11, 2017

They did, however, get to see Tove Lo – to a greater extent than they might have expected.
The singer caused a sensation at the festival, which soon rippled on over to social media, when she flashed her bare breasts to the crowd as she sang her sexy (and explicit) anthem “Talking Body.”
Bet you don’t get that from Pete Townsend performs on the same stage with The Who on Sunday night.
Actually, let’s hope we don’t get that.
For the record: Tove Lo’s move at Outside Lands was not unprecedented. She reportedly pulled a similar stunt while performing at Lollapalooza in Chicago Aug. 6 and during a gig in Sydney, Australia, in July.
The Gorillaz closed down the main set on Friday in support of the hip-hop-inspired alt-rock act’s latest album, “Humanz,” which follows 2011’s “The Fall.”
Albarn’s was not exactly at the top of his game, and his voice sounded a bit ragged and worn, but it was still a fun set filled with appearances by such performers as Pusha T, De La Soul and Yukimi Nagano.
While Gorillaz were working their magic, hipster faves alt-J were delighting another big crowd at the other end of the festival grounds. The English indie-rock act was quite intriguing – coming across like an updated version of the Dave Matthews Band – as it drew from its three-studio-album catalog.

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