Will Outkast Headline Outside Lands This Year?

Categories: Music Festivals

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Together again.
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.

-- @iPORT



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5 comments
Bryan Nosanchuk
Bryan Nosanchuk

I'm 32 and have never seen Outkast live. I hope that changes this year. They are FAR from an "old rehashed act." Hip Hop music can be polarizing, so its ok if some/many aren't fans or as excited as others. I'd like to see a proper Outkast show at a real venue like William above, but I don't know about $100 tickets. That would prevent me from seeing them.

William Dolan
William Dolan

Of course they will, as OSL is like the red headed hipster step child of Coachella. Seriously though, who the F- wants to see Outkast at a terrible large scale, mass-commercialized festie like OSL anyway!?!?! Straight up ruins their vybe.... How about real fans get a show at the Warfield or the Fillmore, with higher ticket prices of course. Would be soooo down for a $100 show at the Fillmore, Outkast only, 21+, no bandwagoners welcome, only real OG's, like those of us who actually owned Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik, ATLiens, and Aquemini back in the 90's...!!! Hald these idiots pretending to care about Outkast don't even know those three albums, which are the foundation... #realtalk

Jeremy Baker
Jeremy Baker

Zzzzzz old rehashed acts. How about something new or at least still cutting edge and relevant?

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