SAN FRANCISCO (KTVU) - Outside Lands in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park is reaching a milestone. The festival is turning ten years this year. KTVU got a look inside Thursday, the day before the festival opens.
Work crews were still putting the finishing touches on the main stage. It is the centerpiece of the seven stages that will feature dozens of musical acts over the three-day festival, from Lorde, to Metallica, to The Who.
"We're a multi-generational festival. We have music for everyone. But the biggest difference s we're the first gourmet food music festival," said Outside Lands l promoter Gregg Perloff.
But there won't be just food. There will be wineries and breweries with their own special sections of the park as well. The cost is $375 for a three-day ticket, $150 for one day.
About 210,000, people are expected over the three days. That' about the population of Modesto.
Police will be out on foot and horseback.
"Ticket scalping, non-permitted food vending, people trying to jump the fences. Those are most of the issues we have to deal with," said San Francisco Police spokesman Robert Rueca.
But not everyone is looking forward to the festival. Those who live near Golden Gate Park have complained about traffic, rowdiness and noise. Promoters say they do monitor noise levels and respond to complaints.
But one man who lives on 19th Avenue says it's not the noise that's the problem, it's the vibrations from the drums and bass that rattle his walls. And that is not monitored.
"Have you ever heard one of those cars with the amplifiers? Park one of those in front of your house for three days. That's what you get," said Riley VanDyke.
But, the festival, now in its tenth year..is still going strong. "There are basically 400 festivals around the world. Five in the u.S. The big five. And we're one of them. And we are really proud of that," said Perloff.
Two bits of advice for music goers: Wear layers of clothing. It can get pretty cold at night. And take public transportation. Parking around the park figures to be mission impossible.