Swarms of Outside Lands attendees made sure to take a selfie or group photo in front of the iconic windmills. Photo by Adam Pardee.

Post festival FOMO vibes….in photos!!

Outside Lands 2019 was a great iteration of the marquee Bay Area festival, as it moved into its twelfth year. From having the first-of-its-kind on-site sale and consumption of marijuana to bringing Paul Simon out of retirement, this year’s festival had a little something for everyone. Rap, rock, electronic, country and soul were collectively showcased on four stages for three days across Golden Gate Park. Better yet, sunny weather was in rare abundance for for much of the festival (though Karl the Fog bought a ticket and hung out all day for sold-out Saturday).

The Grass Lands entrance at Outside Lands was as prominent as the smell of the contents of the area. Photo by Adam Pardee.

The immediate buzz this year surrounded Green Lands, a 21-and-over theme park of marijuana. Vendors of all variety lined the green grassed meadow where festival-goers could learn about, shop for, taste, drink and smoke marijuana. An attendee could taste a sweet-laced treat at Kiva Confections, drink an infused carbonated water made by partners AbsoluteExtracts & Lagunitas Brewing or simply walk up to the budtender and purchase the flower freely. With designated consumption areas, folks were free to roll up a joint with marijuana they had just purchased and enjoy it with friends. Despite the designated areas, the smell of weed leaked out of Green Lands and was clearly present in every area of the festival.

Three big names—Twenty One Pilots, Childish Gambino and Paul Simon—headlined the three nights of Outside Lands, but it was clear from the size of the crowds surrounding the peripheral stages that a few of the other artists took a chunk of the crowd with them. The Counting Crows and the Lumineers both pulled a sizable following on an opposite stage Friday from the enormous crowd for Twenty One Pilots, while the Saturday night fans of Hozier and RL Grimes were astonishing for the small stages they held. On Sunday, crowds flocked to see Anderson Paak or Kygo on opposing stages.

A pumped-up crowd goes crazy for punk-rocker Blink-182. Photo by Adam Pardee.

Despite an overall incredible weekend, one rough spot that made guests feel uneasy and confused was Lil Wayne’s performance on Friday that featured an abundance of simulated gunshots. Some described feeling anxious and upset that after multiple mass shootings in public places within the nation less than a week prior, a major artist would still be tone-deaf to the moment, especially in a year when herds of uniformed police, park rangers and security were a heavy presence within the festival.

Yet the mood (and the weather) prevailed. Outside Lands in its twelfth year proved itself a formidable festival among the giants of Coachella and Lollapalooza. With the ever-impressive feel and setting of Golden Gate Park, the music-loving vibes of San Francisco and talent that the festival brings, Outside Lands is a festival worth making a yearly tradition.

650 Photographer Adam Pardee kept one finger on the shutter and braved the crowds all weekend, take a peek.

(Clockwise top left to right) Leon Bridges lifted the crowd’s souls during his Sunday set. Jesse Rutherford of The Neighbourhood had the crowd singing along to their hits on Friday. Josh Dun of Twenty One Pilots was in the spotlight as the headlining act of Friday night. East Bay local P-Lo had home turf for his set on Friday. The crowd ate up Cupcakke and loved every minute of her Saturday set. Fans of all generations showed up en masse for punk rock stalwarts Blink-182 on Friday. Photos by Adam Pardee.
A packed crowd including Karl the Fog showed up for Hozier during his Saturday night headline set at the Sutro Stage. Photo by Adam Pardee.
Josh Taylor of half•alive pumped up the crowd as one of the opening acts on the Lands End main stage Friday afternoon. Photo by Adam Pardee.
(Clockwise top left to right) Many attendees arrived early, laid a blanket down and secured a spot for the headlining acts of the day. Saturday was a sold-out day for Outside Lands, and it was clear to see as you walked through the festival. People of all ages, even the very young with noise-canceling headphones, were in attendance at this year’s Outside Lands. Green Lands, inside of Outside Lands, had the first-of-its-kind on-site sale and consumption of marijuana at the festival. Attendees may not have noticed, but a large presence of police, park rangers and security were monitoring the festival. Park Ranger Dave is always a hit with festival-goers and they lined up to take their photo with him. Beer Land was hit among the 21-and-over crowd, featuring beers from over twenty-five breweries. Sunday was the best day of weather for the festival and many attendees brought blankets to lounge in the grass. Photos by Adam Pardee.
Despite some early technical difficulties resulting in a late start, Santigold wowed the crowd during her Saturday set. Photo by Adam Pardee.
(Clockwise top left to right) Lil Wayne lit up the crowd playing mixtape hits and an Old Town Road cover. Sutro Stage headliner Hozier made everyone smile and sing along on Saturday night. Friday’s headliner Twenty One Pilots took to the crowd and ramped up the energy. Ella Mai had everyone dancing in the fog on Saturday. Tyler Joseph of Twenty One Pilots gave a fiery performance during their stunning Friday night set. Photos by Adam Pardee.
Fans erupt during Blink-182’s pyrotechnic-infused set on Friday. Photo by Adam Pardee.

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Adam Pardee

Adam Pardee is a freelance photographer and photojournalist currently based in Mountain View, CA. Adam operates and shoots photos in and around the San Francisco Bay Area. When Adam is not shooting news stories and bands, he enjoys taking pictures of nature, dogs, and portraits. Adam has been published by the Palo Alto Weekly, the Mountain View Voice, The Almanac, and TheSixFifty.com. Adam grew up in Newbury Park, CA and went to California State University Monterey Bay where he graduated Cum Laude with a degree is Music Technology.

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