WORDS & PHOTOS; CECILIA MAJZOUB
Outside Lands Music Festival is easily the best weekend of the year. It includes music emanating from every corner, countless mouthwatering food vendors, and people-watching unlike anywhere else. There isn’t a place I would rather be, or a place I would rather photograph. It is a time where people come and let their stresses melt away. Thus, the festival is a haven for those interested in observing and capturing the simplicities, complexities, and amusements of human emotion and action.
Some of the musical highlights this year included The National, Foals, and Sir Paul McCartney (although that last one is pretty self explanatory). Frontman of The National, Matt Berninger, hopped into the audience whilst still singing and let the crowd completely devour him. Guitarist and vocalist Yannis Philippakis of Foals ran down the center divide of the crowd to the sound booth, and back again through the crowd. Philippakis then crowdsurfed twice, all while still playing his guitar. Paul McCartney’s performance was overwhelmingly legendary, playing classic Beatles material and some of his own. He also brought two girls from the audience on stage that wanted his autograph as their first tattoos; he wrapped his arms around them in an embrace to write it on their wrists, which he claimed was “the only way to get the angle!” and left the crowd in a roar of laughter.
Held in one of the greatest cities in the world, San Francisco, Outside Lands is one of a kind. The combination of live music, good local food, and people-watching are immensely complimentary of one another and makes the festival an adventure that must be experienced.