Awesome story of how Outside Lands became an eco-centric rock festival, by @jolieodell:
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Jolie O'Dell writes:
For three days in August, 60,000+ hipsters each day pour into a handful of meadows, as thick and viscous as the fog itself, and the park is transformed into a raucous, wild music festival. Amps are stacked like ziggurats where last week a family was picnicking. An endless row of food vendor booths has taken up the bike trail. The air surges with amplified guitar fuzz and obscenities from the mouths of performers, and you can almost feel the ground shake from the trampling feet of a herd of humanity...
What a great use of Golden Gate Park:
When the three-day rock orgy is over, Golden Gate Park is miraculously returned to its original state. Pristine. Clean. Foxes and voles and nasturtium. There’s no wasteland of tumbleweeds and greasy napkins, no deep trenches created by band vans’ tires.
Bicycles were a huge part of the Outside Lands' transpo plans:
The festival is a celebration of bikes, as you see above.
Tens of thousands of bikes. Awesomesauce.