The organizers of Outside Lands teased some sort of big announcement on Monday, and now they've released the news as of Thursday. The festival is being postponed once more, but this time just for two extra months (and change).
This all smacks of last year when springtime festivals were optimistically postponed to the fall. But hopefully, with all the money and massive amount of organizing that goes into Outside Lands, the powers that be think they've got a good bead on when San Francisco will allow outdoor concerts to happen again — and it's Halloween weekend, October 29 to 31.
Tickets are for sale again, and most of the lineup for the 2020 festival has all signed on to perform in October 2021, including headliners Lizzo, Tame Impala, and The Strokes, along with Vampire Weekend, Brittany Howard, Tyler the Creator, Tones And I, and more. But there are a few changes that were announced Thursday. KAYTRANADA, Bartees Strange, Flo Milli, and Buscabulla have all been added to the mix, and a few acts have bowed out, including Beach House and Big Thief.
"We have been eagerly anticipating our return to Golden Gate Park for over a year now and although we have to wait a few months longer, we couldn’t be more excited to present an epic Halloween edition of Outside Lands," said Allen Scott, a co-producer of Outside Lands, in a press release. "The shift in dates allows us to work collectively to determine any new safety measures necessary to implement during the festival weekend. We ask fans to use this time before the festival to continue exercising common sense COVID safety practices and we look forward to being together again soon."
The music industry didn't exactly freeze and stop producing hits last year, but touring artists did have to freeze and stop touring for the most part — though lord knows what they're doing in Florida and Texas right now.
ranger dave has some big news for you! stay tuned for an exciting announcement coming soon.— Outside Lands (@sfoutsidelands) March 15, 2021
Obviously, everything will still depend on San Francisco's tier status and whether concerts are allowed by the time October rolls around — which will depend on the vaccine rollout going smoothly, on the anti-vaxxers and vaccine skeptics not ruining everything for everyone, and on the COVID variants now circulating around not creating another surge in cases in California or elsewhere.
And it's hard to say whether Outside Lands will be the first big event the city will get to have since the pandemic's start (the jury is still technically out on SF Pride).
Last year, Outside Land's organizers gifted us with a free weekend-long streaming festival on Twitch, Inside Lands, which was actually more fun than most of expected it to be. And they made sure to do some sales pitches for 2021 tickets then.
As before, the organizers promise full refunds if anything happens that cancels or changes things again this year.
*This post has been updated throughout.