Outside Lands, San Francisco 2013

August 13, 2013

Hello, friends, I’m back!  I survived my non-stop weekend in San Francisco at the Outside Lands festival and it was an absolute blast, as always.  The Boyfriend and I started our trip on Friday morning at 4 am and didn’t stop until we got back home Monday afternoon.  It was a crazy long weekend with very little sleep and A LOT of tater tots.

Let me catch you up: for the past three years, the Boyfriend and I have traveled up to San Francisco every August for the Outside Lands music festival where we work at the Q Restaurant booth selling tater tots and and then enjoy the rest of the festival for free (with our vendor wristbands).  It is always pretty crazy because we get to the festival in the morning or early afternoon and stay until after it closes around 11 pm, and then we get back up and do it all over again the next day, selling a crazy amount of tots during our quick 4-hour shifts at the booth in between.

Here are some of my instagram shots from the weekend – the fog and our view of the city, my view of The Lone Bellow playing on one of the side stages, half of a giant s’more that we demolished, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers playing the close of the festival Sunday night.

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Every year, the music is phenomenal and the food is possibly even better, and this year was no exception!  The hit of the festival for me was seeing Paul McCartney, an actual living Beatle playing actual Beatles songs… live, in person… I saw that and it was epic and everything I imagined it would be and so much more!  Then, of course, there were all the other bands, the great festival food and all the other crazy festival-goers.  We ate fried macaroni and cheese, fried chicken and waffles, a giant s’more, tacos and so much more.  We also saw so many ridiculously amazing bands from Paul McCartney, Red Hot Chili Peppers (awesome), Vampire Weekend (more awesome), Hall and Oates, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Matt & Kim (they rocked!), Band of Horses, and The Lone Bellow.

Okay, so I just have to gush a little more about seeing Paul McCartney because it was seriously awesome.  I mean, he is not a young dude and he totally rocked a full three-hour set.  It was also so surreal to see and sing along to all of my favorite Beatles songs that I have grown up listening to.  I am not going to lie, I got a little misty for a few songs, but he played so many great hits including Let It Be, Paperback Writer, Lady Madonna, Hey Jude and plenty more.  Here are some shots I got from his set:


Clearly, I had a lot of fun at the festival and I am already looking forward to next year!  Thanks for reading :)


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  • drowninmelancholy

    Oooooh!!! I love Yeah Yeah Yeahs!!! *o* the Red Hot Chili Peppers I have seen 7 years ago :) They were amazing!

    August 19, 2013 at 9:41 am Reply
    • alligatortoe

      The Yeah Yeah Yeahs had a totally different sound live than what I was expecting, but they definitely rocked! And the Red Hot Chili Peppers were awesome, so many great songs from over the years that brought back some fun memories! :)

      August 19, 2013 at 10:08 am Reply
      • drowninmelancholy

        Yes, I have watched some live videos on Youtube from the YYY’s and they sounded different. But I think it’s because they experiment with synthesizers so often, and that’s what makes it sound so different live

        August 19, 2013 at 10:11 am Reply
        • alligatortoe

          I think you must be right and either way, they still sounded like a fun band to see. Unfortunately I didn’t get to watch their set, only listen, as we were working in the booth during that time, but the booth was close to the main stage so we had a great location for hearing all the headlining bands! :)

          August 19, 2013 at 10:22 am Reply
          • drowninmelancholy

            Wow! That’s really a lucky job to do :D Earning money, and at the same time listening to some good music :)

            August 19, 2013 at 10:28 am
          • alligatortoe

            Definitely! I look forward to going every year! :)

            August 19, 2013 at 12:03 pm

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