Outside Lands Music Festival will rock SF

August 18, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
One of the biggest outdoor concerts in San Francisco history starts this Friday in Golden Gate Park. For the Outside Lands Musical Festival, it's the first time the music will continue after the sun goes down.

It took three years to plan and the scope is impressive. There will be six stages in three locations: The Polo Field, Speedway Meadow and Lindley Meadow inside Golden Gate Park. It will require 10 miles of fence, 47 generators, 2,400 people a day working and some of San Francisco's best restaurants. They hope to get 50,000 people a day to come to the concert. The capacity is 60,000.

"Capacity wise you could do several hundred thousand people in this space so it is going to be loose and easy," says Gregg Perloff, from Another Planet.

Perloff formed Another Planet five years ago, after 30 years with Bill Graham. Music will be going until 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights, so they have been trying to sooth neighbors.

"Anyone who has a problem we're saying we don't want you to have a problem, we'll deal with it in 10 minutes just call us," says Perloff.

And that seems to be working.

"Sure why not. It's summer, we live in the city, it's one of those things," says Ann Hom a Richmond District resident.

However, the neighborhood will be impacted. There is no parking in the park, so they're advising public transportation. Muni is adding extra service and you can walk.

"We say this is a marathon, not a sprint. We want to be welcomed back next year," says Perloff.

Sixty-six bands will be performing during the three days.

Headliners include Tom Petty, Jack Johnson, Beck and Radiohead. At least a quarter of the bands are local. A lot of this will be about being green. From one stage that runs entirely on solar power to composting and recycling exhibits.

"We don't want to leave a foot print. When we leave here we want to make sure the park is at least as when we came here. We're not trying to save the world, we're putting on a rock concert," says Perloff.

Tickets go for $85 for one day, $225.50 for all three days, and VIP tickets with a view overlooking the Polo Field goes for $695 for three days.

Click here for more information on Outside Lands.

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