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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?

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  • Xenu

    In general I avoid these clusterfuck events like the plague. At the point where you’re half a mile from the stage paying $9 for a taco and getting trampled by sweaty frat guys, it’s just not worth $70 or whatever.

  • turtle276

    This is very welcome news. Hopefully, these greedy promoters will realize that in this tough economy, people will no longer participate in these shameless money grabs. Also, it is good karmic retribution for the bait and switch they pulled last year with the Beastie Boys and Tenacious D. While MCA’s unforunate illness was obviously not the fault of the promoters, Another Planet could have stepped up and booked a comparable and possibly local act such as Green Day or Metallica. As usual, they decided to provide their customers with the least amount of value they could get away with and pocket the difference.

  • timmmii

    Crappy lineup (the only act i really want to see is Empire Of the Sun) combined with high prices means there’s no chance in hell i’ll attend.

  • renegade

    Megaconcerts should begin downsizing anyway. What’s with 3-4 day festivals with 28 stages, 562 bands, and a variety of 237 competing activities, all for $499 per day plus service fees and transportation? This is like going to work where you’re overloaded with tasks!

    How about two stages, two days, 10 bands and $50 both days?

  • netzard

    I am not going because the only bands on the bill I want to see (Gogol Bordello, Wolfmother, Social Distortion, etc) I have already seen in a more intimate setting. Also picking a remnant Grateful Dead band as a Saturday headliner paints the promoters as woefully out of touch with the festival-attending public. How about Muse, Silversun Pickups, Arcade Fire, Dead Weather, or anyone else making music that people under 30 are listening to.

  • Greg Dewar

    We are always promised that when we get these kinds of events that the Parks and Rec system will “make money” thus making it worth for us to use publicly owned facilities for a private for profit event. However, there’s never any guarantees from the private event folks that they’ll actually make what they promise, nor any way to hold them accountable.

    More to the point, as many have said, in this economy, charging hundreds of dollars for an event to then have to pay for pricey warm beer et al is asking a bit much. Maybe the city would “make money” (because the City is SO GOOD at doing so) or at least spread the risk by having more, smaller events with lower overhead that appeal to more people, instead of betting the season on One Big Freakin’ Thing.

    Remember this-when people at city hall wanna play Businessperson, they are in fact PLAYING they are not DOING.

  • aidaan

    Empire Of The Sun alone is worth the price of a single sunday pass. They’ve never played the US, and only played a handful of shows at all! And at least this year it’s not quite the hippiefest it was last year.

  • bloomsm

    As a resident of the Outer Sunset, I’m just relieved that the usual congestion, road closures, noise problems and other annoyances are now down to two days. I know that music fans could give a shit about the neighbors, but for those of us in close proximity, Outside Lands is generally a good weekend to be out of town.

    I am still not clear why SF Weekly’s blog states that “tickets are hot” when SF Appeal suggests that ticket sales are off. Equally odd–a festival that has made a big play on its headline acts is now telling people to view Outside Lands “in context”. Metadata translation = enjoy what we give you and STFU.

  • Eve Batey

    To be fair to SF Weekly, that blog post is from a few days ago, before the organizers spoke to the Chron, telling them ticket sales were tanking. It’s linked to support the some don’t like the lineup assertion.