by Emilio Arias
Friday - Top acts: Grace Mitchell / Tove Lo / Little Dragon
Friday's set-time shuffle in response to Tribe's absence gave André Allen Anjos (a.k.a RAC) an outstanding opportunity to leave his mark on the main stage. Perhaps it was wide-eyed nervousness at being moved to a stage magnitudes larger than expected, or maybe I just don’t particularly enjoy anything he produces that isn't a remix, but his sound fell flat and failed to get the crowd moving. Maybe I’m placing too much blame here, as the festival goers were still grappling with the loss of Tribe’s performance, but whatever the reason, RAC didn’t do enough to cover it.
Saturday - Top acts: Royal Blood / Bomba Esteréo / Claude VonStroke
Tribe touted Outsidelands as their final performance, ending a long tour that spanned 2017. As they grieve the loss of the immortal Phife Dawg, I can only imagine what the march towards this final act felt like for them. While the disappointment was palpable and the frustration very real (even more so for fans who bought single day tickets to see them), I certainly understand and empathize with Tribe’s no-show. There are rumors they’ll return to the bay to “rectify” their absence, but frankly, the way I see it, the legendary hip hop artists owe us nothing. Of course, having seen them a few weeks prior at Pitchfork Festival, my nonchalance is understandably not shared by my fellow Outsidelands goers.
Sunday - Top acts: Bleachers / Young the Giant / Solange
The last day of any festival can be rough with aching feet, regret from poor choices and dismay over having to return to real life but this year ended on a high note with some of the best acts of the weekend giving it their all and our spirits high, even as Karl the Fog did his best to dampen (quite literally) our buzz.