Suffering from slow ticket sales and economic general fears, festival promoter Another Planet Entertainment is changing the structure and pricing for the Outside Lands music festival, scheduled for August 14-15 of this year. As first reported by Akit, instead of three days, Outside Lands will eliminate its Friday engagement this year, paring the festival down to just Saturday and Sunday.
The Chron additionally reports that ticket prices will also be changing; prices for one day tickets are now $75, $15 less than last year’s. Two day tickets have also been decreased to $140.
Outside Lands had apparently desperately scrambled to find a headlining act for Friday night but had no luck, thus this will be the only year since its inception with two days instead of three. This move has been applauded by some, who say that reducing the festival to only the weekend will potentially alleviate traffic congestion seen in the Sunset and Richmond districts, as well as the usual re-routings and closing of streets for Friday commuters, making for a less stressful weekend.
A lineup some describe as “disappointing” might be another factor in what the Chron reports are “slow” ticket sales.
“We’re scared to death, quite honestly,” said Sherry Wasserman, president of Another Planet, regarding the slow pace of sales.
Headlining Saturday’s concert will be Further, a Band founded by former-Grateful Dead musicians Phil Lesh and Bob Weir. Sunday’s headliner is Kings of Leon.
The full lineup is here, ticket info here. Are you going to Outside Lands this year? Why or why not?