The second day of Outside Lands 2017 was one of those gray and typically gloomy August days in Golden Gate Park where the sun barely peeked out from under the fog at 6 p.m. And despite the pall that hung over anyone who had read the news Saturday morning multiple performers acknowledged the violence in Charlottesville from the stage tens of thousands still packed the festival grounds and rocked out to acts like Vance Joy, Cage the Elephant, Kaytranada, Metallica, and Empire of the Sun.
And, once again, A Tribe Called Quest disappointed their fanbase and this time canceled altogether. The band had been waylaid by travel problems Friday and missed their set, despite the fact that Jarobi White managed to make it to his appearance on the GastroMagic stage Friday. They were rescheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday on the Twin Peaks stage, and just moments before they were supposed to take the stage, an alert went out on the Outside Lands app that they would not be appearing after all. Cue a legion of Gen Xers in mass exodus, and an influx of younger festival-goers who had to chase down a relocated set by dance music DJ Claude VonStroke, who took the stage in Tribe's place.
The day began with Oregon-based sister-act folk trio Joseph on the Sutro stage, and another female-led band, Warpaint, on the main stage, offering up their unique brand of alterna-emo and jangle-rock. Thundercat was another afternoon highlight, and their track "Heartbreaks + Setbacks" is a new favorite.
My day began with a Marlowe burger and thrice-cooked fries with horseradish aioli which seriously hit the spot and prepared me for the long day of trekking between stages. In cocktail highlights: the Homestead's Manhattan at the CocktailMagic stage was a standout amidst some sweeter and fruitier tap concoctions.
Dawes played a well attended set at the Sutro Stage, and as the Chronicle notes frontman Taylor Goldsmith took a moment out to condemn the events in Charlottesville, saying, "I’m able to celebrate love and connection and music. Thank you for reminding me, and for reminding all of us, what it’s really all about and how easy it actually is to love each other."
The energy of the crowd notably picked up with sets by dance DJ Kaytranada (though all he really did was play with his laptop from the stage) and pop songster Vance Joy. Cage the Elephant themselves a last-minute replacement for Queens of the Stone Age revved up rock fans for what would soon be a two-hour set by heavy metal gods, Metallica. (Here's an 8-minute video of part of their set, fireworks and all.) A widespread rumor that Lady Gaga, in town for a show tonight at AT&T Park, was going to take the stage with the band never became reality, sadly.
And everyone still in the mood to dance and that was a lot of people headed back over the Twin Peaks side for a bumping 9 p.m. set by Empire of the Sun.
Check out all our pics here, and see our pics from Day One here.