After last year’s Halloween weekend episode, Outside Lands is going back to its usual starting August location in 2022.
The festival offers its usual impressive collection of headliners and other top touring acts – including SZA, Green Day, Post Malone, Jack Harlow, Mitsky, Weezer, Kali Uchis, Phoebe Bridgers and Lil Uzi Vert – on its three-day run, for August. 5-7, at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco.
The attendees probably don’t need us to spend much time slinging the virtues of big-name acts. After all, those artists are the main reason fans buy passes in the first place.
Nevertheless, if you are looking for recommendations on lesser-known acts performing at the festival, we will be happy to oblige.
Take a look at the bill and a dozen must-see acts listed below. You might not know all of their names — at least not yet — but they all deserve your attention in the 2022 Outside Lands.
For more information and to purchase tickets, visit sfoutsidelands.com,
Ashes: We’ll start our picks on a local note and recommend that Day 1 attendees definitely take the time to catch up with this San Jose native.
Ash grew up on a mix of Christian music radio and classic rock, attended Berklee College of Music, and now ranks among the most compelling new pop artists in the business.
She is best known for the 2019 single “Moral of the Story”, which was co-written and co-produced by hit-maker Finnace O’Connell (Billy Eilish’s brother), and the 2020 Netflix film “To All the Boyz: P.S. I Still Love You.”
The singer-songwriter’s first full-length, “Ashlyn”, came out in 2021 and proved to be an amazing showcase for her vocal work. His sophomore effort, ‘Rai’, is expected in October.
scheduled time: 3:45-4:35 p.m., Twin Peaks Stage. Aish also performs on 6th August at 10 pm Bimbo’s 365 Club in San Francisco,
Corey Henry: The multitalented performer, who is nothing short of a miracle on the Hammond B-3 organ, was reportedly just 6 years old when he made his debut at the famed Apollo Theater in Harlem.
He would go on to perform with jazz/R&B/rock acts such as Bruce Springsteen, Boyz II Men and Kenny Garrett, as well as an assortment of gospel greats including Yolanda Adams and Kirk Franklin.
Henry would also spend time as a member of acclaimed jazz-fusion act Snarky Puppy – earning three Grammy wins along the way. He garnered more Grammy recognition as one of the co-producers of Kanye West’s “Donda”, which was nominated (but lost) for both Album of the Year and Best Rap Album in 2022.
His latest solo album is 2021’s “Best of Me”.
scheduled time: 12:10-1 p.m., Lands’ End Stage
best Coast: It was the first band we sang to when we started making this list of can’t-miss acts for the 2022 Outside Lands.
Of course, Best Coast is far from being a hot new band and certainly doesn’t generate the type of buzz we get with some of our other picks. Still, no other act on the bill—including any headliners—has delivered better music in the past 13 years.
During that time frame, Best Coast has released four full-length studio albums – and each has been outstanding.
So, those looking to immerse themselves in some wonderfully sunny California indie-pop sounds – even if the famously unpredictable San Francisco weather is projecting an entirely different vibe – then definitely plan for Best Coast.
scheduled time: 7:45-8:30 PM, Panhandle Stage
Interval Cayote: The funky neo soul/jazz-pop outfit enjoys a large following in its native Australia, where its previous two albums – 2015’s “Choose Your Weapon” and 2021’s “Mood Valiant” – have both charted in the top 25.
Now, the rest of the world is catching up to singer-guitarist Barbie Pam and her groovy band mates. Fans include some of the heavy hitters in the hip-hop world – including Chance the Rapper, Kendrick Lamar, the Carters (aka, Beyoncé and Jay-Z) and Drake, who have sampled hiatus cayote in their works.
scheduled time: 4:10-5 p.m., Lands End
Kenny Hoopla: The Cleveland native has generated tremendous excitement with singles, EPs, and a mixtape – “Survivors Guilt: The Mixtape” – that he has released over the years.
One of those proposals spins through — starting with the single “Estella” that the singer released with pop-punk icon Travis Barker — and it’s pretty easy to see why people think Kenneth Lauron was born KennyHupla. Can be a major player. Alt-rock space for years to come.
Barker’s collaboration hit number 8 on the alt-rock chart, giving KennyHupla his second top 10 offering – “How Will I Rest in Peace if I’m Buried by a Highway?”
Set time: 1:05-1:50 PM, Lands End; 6:10-6:40 PM, Music Den by Toyota
One of the Bay Area’s best rappers, June has been incredibly productive throughout his career.
The San Francisco native, who attended high school in Vallejo, is just 31 years old and has released more than two dozen albums, mixtapes, EPs and collaborative efforts so far. In 2019 alone, June released five full-length albums.
Now that’s impressive.
Fortunately, the quality of these efforts is as impressive as the quantity.
June is a great wordsmith, with an ear for flow and great beats for days, and he certainly knows how to put it together in the studio.
scheduled time: 5:30-6:20 PM, Twin Peaks
Zoe Wes: You won’t hear the voice of this German singer-songwriter better than in 2022 Outside Lands.
Wes is a major talent, with incredible vocal chops and the ability to sell such a high-flying song. Their first single of 2020, “Control”, was an international smash, peaking at number 1 in France and top 40 in several other countries.
“Control” is one of those songs that stays with you long after you hear it, especially when it comes to the realization that the song with the power of pain is driven by the singer’s own concern over her struggle with epilepsy.
scheduled time: 2:20-3:10 PM, Twin Peaks
Robert Glasper: The Houston native is no less than one of the most important, acclaimed and respected artists of the 21st century.
The phenomenal pianist – who is also an accomplished songwriter, producer, arranger and band leader – is best known for his work in the jazz realm, but in reality, his talents can hardly be summed up in a single musical genre. Thus, it is no surprise that he has also found success in hip-hop, neo-soul and R&B.
He has been nominated for nine Grammys, winning four of them. The first “W” came for “Black Radio”, which earned it the title of Best R&B Album at the 2013 Grammy Awards.
scheduled time: 2:50-3:40 PM, formula step
Griff: The British singer-songwriter, whose birth name is Sarah Faith Griffith, joined some mighty influential company when she was named Rising Star at the 2021 Brit Awards. Past recipients have included notable talents such as Jorja Smith, Sam Smith, Florence and the Machine, Ellie Goulding, and even Adele.
Listen to Griff’s first mixtape, last year’s “One Foot in Front of the Other,” and it’s easy to see why people are expecting such big things from him. The effort is full of winning pop tracks that frame Griff’s soulful vocals well. Of particular note is the lead single, “Black Hole,” which ranks among the best broken love songs we’ve heard in recent years.
scheduled time: 1:50-2:35 PM, Twin Peaks
wet feet: Hailing from the Isle of Wright, this British indie-pop/rock duo – consisting of Ryan Teasdale and Hester Chambers – have skyrocketed in popularity since the release of debut single “Chees Long” in 2021.
The song quickly went viral, racking up over 6 million views on YouTube, and prompting Wet Leg to appear on “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon,” “Letter… with Jules Holland” and other shows.
The band quickly built on that early success with the release of their first full-length album, the eponymous effort of 2022, which debuted at number 1 on the UK and Australian album charts, and in the top 20 in the US, Germany, and New Zealand. Made a place and other countries.
scheduled time: 4-4:50 PM, Sutro
Briston Maroney: The young alt-rock hero rose to fame with the release of “Freakin’ Out on the Interstate”, the surprise smash that collected over 135 million spins on Spotify alone.
Still, it’s just one of many solid tunes this talented Tennessee has to offer.
Waltz through winners like “Small Talk,” “The Kitchen” and “Bottom of the Ocean” and you’ll see why Maroni is on our list of must-see acts on the Outer Lands.
The singer-songwriter-guitarist has released several EPs as well as a full-length outing, “Sunflower”, which hit shelves in April 2021.
scheduled time: 2:40-3:30 PM, Sutro.
Amber Mark: After amassing a fan base with EPs, mini-albums, and several singles, the Tennessee R&B singer-songwriter finally released her full-length debut “Three Dimension Deep” earlier this year.
Of course, by the time it hit stores, the offering seemed all too familiar to fans, noting that there were at least five singles from the album — “Worth It,” “Contest,” “Exotic Things,” “It’s Worth It,” “The Contest,” “Alien Things.” What is it” and “Softly” – released earlier.
Mark is also heard on Montreal electro-funk act Chromo’s fifth studio outing, “Head Over Heels”, which earned a nomination for Best Engineered Album (Non-Classical) at the 2019 Grammy Awards.
scheduled time: 2:30-3:15 p.m., Lands End
And don’t miss…
- Linda Lindas: The L.A. pop-punk band act was pure dynamite at Oakland’s Mosswood Meltdown Festival in July. scheduled time: Saturday at 12-12:45 pm; lands End)
- Reena Swayam: The Japan-born, London-born artist’s full-length debut, “Sawaima”, was one of the best albums of 2020. scheduled time: 7:05-8:05 p.m. Aug. 6; twin Peaks)
- Pusha T: His latest offering, “It’s Almost Dry,” is a good follow-up to 2018’s Grammy-nominated “Daytona.” scheduled time: 3:45-4:35 p.m. Aug. 8; lands End
When: noon-10pm August 5-7
Where: Golden Gate Park, San Francisco
Ticket: three-day general assignment access, $409, three-day VIP, $929; Single-Day GA, $175, Single-Day VIP, $395; www.sfoutsidelands.com,