Will Outkast Headline Outside Lands This Year?
That's the big question around S.F. after the rightly beloved (and long-dormant) Atlanta rap duo today announced that it will be playing more than 40 festivals this spring and summer. (News that of course follows last week's announcements of a Coachella headlining slot and a Governor's Ball NYC performance.)
Forty festivals is a lot of festivals, and we think it's pretty likely that Outkast finds its way onto the top of the Outside Lands lineup. Big Boi has already been booked twice (and played once), remember, so adding Andre would seem to be a no-brainer. But Outkast at Outside Lands would also mark a major change for the festival, which has not emphasized urban music, and which has never had a rapper headline.
It's sometimes seemed as if the Golden Gate Park event deliberately holds rap at a distance. Sure, it had Jurassic Five last year, and Big Boi in 2012 and '11 (when he didn't perform due to technical difficulties), and a few others like Qtip, Nas, and Zion I in years past. But rap acts usually represent a drop in the bucket compared to the EDM, rock of all stripes, and soul/funk on the Outside Lands billings. Whatever the reason for that, an Outkast set would seem the perfect way to pop the festival's hip-hop-headliner cherry.
We'll keep you posted on that possibility as it develops. In the meantime, check out our list of where to see other Coachella bands in the Bay Area this winter and spring -- and keep your fingers crossed.