Live Review: Outside Lands at Golden Gate Park

Outside Lands music review: Nonstop rockin’: Aidin Vaziri | With a glorious pink moon slowly rising over the Polo Field on Sunday, Arcade Fire stormed the stage with “Ready to Start.” Thousands of dust-caked fans pushed forward on the lawn, raising their fists and shouting along with the Grammy-winning Canadian group’s lanky front man, Win Butler. “This is one of those times where we feel like we have to pinch ourselves,” he said after the song came to a thundering close, a crooked smile spreading across his face. The organizers of the Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival – Berkeley-based Another Planet Entertainment – couldn’t have scripted a better finale for its fourth year. After the organizational setbacks of the first few festivals – permit issues, neighborhood complaints, canceled headliners – this was the year when it felt as if the whole thing came together almost effortlessly. “It seems like this year the city has so embraced the festival on every level,” said Another Planet’s Gregg Perloff, taking a brief breather backstage on Saturday. Read more.

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