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Monday, March 3, 2008

Tom Petty, Radiohead, Jack Johnson, Five Stages, Golden Gate Park

Posted By on Mon, Mar 3, 2008 at 3:24 AM


As reported before on All Shook Down, this summer in San Francisco is gonna be plenty festival-heavy. That three-day concert in Golden Gate Park now has a name ("Outside Lands"), a website, and a date (Aug. 22-24) when headliners Radiohead, Jack Johnson, and Tom Petty (!!!) are coming to town. Personally, I could care less about Johnson and I'm more excited about Radiohead as a music critic than I am as a fan, but both acts are solid choices for headliners at a gig this huge. I'm pretty damn giddy about Petty, though, who I haven't seen for years, and whose "American Girl" will never be ruined by that Hannibal Lecter film.

New update: the festival will include five stages, a range of genres from jazz to rock to Latin, and local acts will play a part in the lineup.

Tickets will probably go on sale, um, soonish? Check back often. Full press release below. -- Jennifer Maerz

Another Planet Entertainment, Superfly Productions and Starr Hill Presents, in a partnership with the San Francisco Recreation & Park Department, are proud to introduce the Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival. The inaugural multi-faceted, three-day festival will take place in San Francisco’s historic Golden Gate Park August 22 – 24, 2008. Radiohead, Tom Petty and Jack Johnson will headline the event. Full lineup, ticketing, on-sale and other information will be

announced throughout the coming weeks.

With the incomparable pedigree of its producers, Outside Lands is set to be the dynamic event with the broad range of entertainment and amusement options you’d expect from the partnering of the co-founders of the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival with one of the most successful promoters in Northern California. The unique strengths of these two companies using the backdrop of one of the most famous parks in one of the most famous musical cities in the world is certain to make for an unforgettable weekend. Golden Gate Park has been the site of such

events as Peter Gabriel’s WOMAD Festival, the Tibetan Freedom Concert, the Guinness Fleadh Festival, Love, Laughter & Music celebrating the lives of Bill Graham, as well as single mega-concerts by the likes of Pearl Jam, Neil Young, and most recently the Dave

Matthews Band. Outside Lands, perhaps the most ambitious event in the park’s history, will be the first annual ticketed large-scale multi-stage event in this historic location. A portion of every ticket sold will directly benefit Golden Gate Park.

With five main performance stages, the music programming will represent a wide range of genres, including rock, blues, reggae, jazz, hip-hop, world, soul, Latin and electronic music. From singer-songwriters to roots acts, rock bands and DJs, major national headliners will perform alongside exceptional emerging talent, making the event a substantial celebration of the established and the cutting edge. Local acts will also be featured prominently as the

festival will represent San Francisco’s vibrant cultural community.

The local flavor will also be seen in the festival’s concessions, featuring foods from local eateries, as well as in the world of the visual arts, with work from artists in both traditional and new media being featured throughout the event. More information about all the

festival attributes and activities will be announced over the coming weeks and months.

Since both Superfly and Another Planet have a strong history of being environmentally conscious organizations, the festival will be a particularly green undertaking, utilizing carbon offsetting, recycling programs, and other greening efforts. Furthermore, the event will directly benefit the San Francisco Recreation & Park Department with a special annual donation.

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