With the inevitable shenanigans that occur during preparation, it can be difficult to get to a music festival in a timely manner. As a result, its fairly common for festival-goers to miss out on acts that play early in the day. While headliners rarely disappoint, there’s something incredible about discovering an artist for the very first time during a live performance–a mutually beneficial exchange between artist and fan. The first few hours of a lineup provide ample opportunity to do so without compromise often producing some of the most energetic shows of an event.

Outside Lands is coming up on Friday, and we’ve decided to do our best to compel all our ninjas to make it to Golden Gate Park early this weekend by highlighting 10 acts worth seeing before 3PM. In creating the list, we found that there is certainly no shortage of artists, both established and up & coming, that we’re excited for during the first few hours of each day. If you can’t make it in early, don’t sweat, because at least a few of these bands will be headlining festivals themselves soon enough. Check out the playlist below and we hope to see some of you at OSL this weekend!

Day 1 (08/08):

Night Terrors of 1927 (Noon, Panhandle Stage)

Sounds like: Brooding, dark pop bringing together powerful emotions on either end of the spectrum.

’Night Terrors of 1927 – Young and Vicious’
’Night Terrors of 1927 – Dust and Bones’

Aer (12:45PM, Twin Peaks Stage)

Sounds like: A sunny blend of hip-hop, alternative rock and a splash of Sublime.

’Aer – Feel I Bring’
’Aer – Won’t Laugh’

Run the Jewels (2:15, Lands End Stage)

Sounds like: Hardcore hip-hop with counter-cultural commentary.

’Run The Jewels – Banana Clipper feat. Big Boi’
’Run The Jewels – Get It’

Day 2 (08/09):

Trails and Ways (12:40, Twin Peaks)

Sounds like: Multilingual, multi-faceted post-rock.

’Trails and Ways – Nunca’
’Trails and Ways – Mtn Tune’

The Districts (1:25, Panhandle)

Sounds like: Folk-leaning rock full of carefully layered melodies.

’The Districts – Lyla’
’The Districts – Funeral Beds’

The Kooks (1:40, Lands End)

Sounds like: Indie rock with incredible guitar work from seasoned veterans.

’The Kooks – Shine On’
’The Kooks – Ooh La’

Jagwar Ma (2:05, Twin Peaks)

Sounds like: The biggest dance party at Outside Lands.

’Jagwar Ma – Uncertainty’
’Jagwar Ma – That Loneliness’

Day 3 (08/10): 

The Bots (Noon, Panhandle)

Sounds like: Jack White and The Black Keys fused with Ramones-era punk influences. At 21 and 17, these brothers are likely the youngest performers at the festival.

’The Bots – No One Knows’
’The Bots – All I Really Want’

Made in Heights (12:40, Twin Peaks)

Sounds like: Ethereal, experimental production from Sabzi (of Blue Scholars) and stunning female vocals to match.

’Made in Heights – Hors d’œuvre’
’Made in Heights – DEATH’

Lucius (2:30, Sutro)

Sounds like: Girls rule.

’Lucius – Until We Get There’
’Lucius – Hey, Doreen’
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Trails and Ways


Night Terrors of 1927

The Bots