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5 Must See Bands At Outside Lands 2015
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5 Must See Bands At Outside Lands 2015

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Updated: 11 December 2015
Another year, another Outside Lands lineup! This weekend means donut burgers, live painting, and squeezing through the seas of people. While the incredible 2014 lineup seemed hard to beat, this year features some promising contenders. Among the many talented and reputable acts to perform this weekend are five bands that should make it onto everyone’s schedules.
Mumford & Sons | © Andrea Sartorati/Flickr
Mumford & Sons | © Andrea Sartorati/Flickr

Mumford & Sons

Mumford & Sons are the beloved epitome of folk rock. Their music has resonated with millions of individuals for several years now, and each album thus far has been consistently well-received. Their recent single “Believe” premiered last March as an introduction to their third studio album, Wilder Mind. This time around fans had been awaiting their return after a year-and-a-half of no new music, which makes this tour a particularly exciting one. Their headlining set Friday night at the Lands End stage should be a sentimental experience for those who have yet to see them this cycle.

Milky Chance | © Nelson Braillard/Flickr
Milky Chance | © Nelson Braillard/Flickr

Milky Chance

This German duo has been trailblazing the music scene for the past couple years, primarily in Europe before garnering more and more popularity across the globe. Milky Chance’s music is beautifully ornamented with rustic vocals, catchy melodies, and airy guitar riffs. The pair made their San Francisco debut October of last year at Rickshaw Stop and came back last April to perform at The Regency Ballroom, thus making their Outside Lands appearance their third visit within a year. Catch them at the Sutro stage at 5:40 p.m. on Saturday.

Slightly Stoopid |© Clintus/Flickr
Slightly Stoopid | © Clintus/Flickr

Slightly Stoopid

Very few other bands, if any, could provide the same quintessential summertime-in-San-Francisco atmosphere that Slightly Stoopid does. The group’s live rhythmic sound vibrating across the meadow and amidst the trees at the Sutro stage will have everyone in the audience entranced. After two decades, Slightly Stoopid and their music continue to remain just as refreshing as always. Their eighth studio album, Meanwhile…Back at the Lab, was released at the end of last June in the midst of their current tour. They are scheduled to play at 7:15 p.m. Sunday night.

Glass Animals | © John Begalke/Flickr
Glass Animals | © John Begalke/Flickr

Glass Animals

Glass Animals are a rock band hailing from Oxford, England whose debut album ZABA from June 2014 is a compilation of some of the most compelling songs out of the indie music sphere from the past few years. Their sound has an immensely stimulating, moody sensation that is executed just as well live as it is digitally recorded. From singer Dave Bayley’s smooth vocals to the instruments intricately woven together in the background, the band crafts an exemplary performance. Catch them at the Sutro stage Friday at 5:05 p.m.


For those who saw and loved Bleachers or Grouplove from last year’s lineup, Waters will grace the crowd with a similarly energetic and satisfying performance. Their music screams, literally screams (in a fun, catchy way), the pinnacle of enjoying summer to the fullest. They previously toured with Matt and Kim last spring and will be touring with fellow Outside Lands performers, MisterWives, this fall. Support this San Francisco-based group at 4:30 p.m. Saturday at the Panhandle stage.

By Blanche Minoza

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