Many of us had hoped, with Atlanta hip-hop duo OutKast reuniting for some 40 festival dates this year, that San Francisco's Outside Lands would be one of them. After all, why should Coachella be the only major California festival to get an OutKast performance?
As of today, though, OutKast has announced half of those festival dates. And unfortunately, they don't look encouraging for an Outside Lands appearance.
Here's the thing: According to its current schedule, the duo is set to play a number of dates in Scandinavia in early and mid-August, right around Outside Lands. According to Consequence of Sound, Outkast is playing Norway's Oya Fest on Aug. 7, and doing double duty at Helsinki's Flow Festival and Gothenburg's Way Out West Festival on Aug. 8 and 9. Next, the duo is set to play the Rock 'n' Heim festival in Denmark Aug. 15-17.
Outside Lands, you will recall, is this Aug. 8-10. So theoretically, OutKast could play Aug. 7, and 8 in Scandinavia, and fly all the way back to San Francisco to play Outside Lands on Aug. 9 or 10, and then fly back to Denmark for a live date between Aug. 15 and 17.
But that is an awful lot of air travel just to please some adoring fans in San Francisco.
We've put out a request for comment to the organizers of Outside Lands and will see if they respond. Obviously, the fact that OutKast seems unlikely to play Outside Lands doesn't mean that the group won't have a Bay Area show this year. In fact, we can't imagine that they won't. But if you're dying to hear "Bombs Over Baghdad" at a summer festival, and don't want to take any chances, you might want to scoop up tickets to either Coachella or Sasquatch.