“I want you to tell your kids about this night,” Kanye West exclaimed during his headlining set on the opening day of this year’s Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival. West’s hook from “Good Life” described the overall vibe of Friday as the notorious hip-hop magnate led the outdoor dance party amongst the trees in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. The whole day, really, was full of West-ian performances that made thousands of festival attendees want to “throw your hands up in the sky” and welcome the ‘good life’.
The park usually boasts more fog than sunshine, but on this year’s curtain opening, crowds were treated to a bevy of NorCal sun, a perfect compliment to some of the acts we were able to catch, from the all-acoustic bluegrass rock band, Greensky Bluegrass, to the all-girl indie rock quartet, Warpaint, brooding about mid-afternoon harmonies, to country songwriter Kacey Musgraves, and Disclosure sunset dance party. Meanwhile, electronic dance music legend, DJ Icey, closed the House by Heineken DJ tent with the English indie rock band, Arctic Monkeys reappearing at the festival this year headlining the Twin Peaks stage. Stay tuned for more coverage on day two and three from the park.