Outside Lands 2013: By The Numbers

mccartney 435 Outside Lands 2013: By The Numbers

Paul McCartney (Josh Withers/ Outside Lands)

San Francisco’s Outside Lands music festival is an explosion of sights, sounds and experiences that’s not easy to convey in words. With four stages sprawled across the massive Golden Gate Park, concertgoers are inundated with synapse-firing stimulus that can prove to be overwhelming for even the most stalwart music fan.

Given everything that happened on Friday, Saturday and Sunday of Outside Lands this year, we’ve compiled this numerical rundown of the bands, people, music and moments that made the 2013 installment of this spectacular festival memorable and magical.

How long before a concertgoer was spotted wearing a pair Google Glasses on the first day of the fest: 4 (as in minutes)

Number of women seen wearing flower crowns: We lost count around 6,000, but it was still less than there were at Coachella this year.

Number of men seen wearing flower crowns: 2

Number of times someone in the crowd pronounced the band name “Rhye” as “Ree”: 2

Number of children conceived during Rhye’s set: 5 (apx.)

Percentage of the crowd during Chic’s set who learned for the first time how many massive hit songs by artists ranging from David Bowie to Diana Ross were written and/or produced by band leader Nile Rodgers: 77%

Number of people overheard telling their friends that Nile Rodgers is the guy who co-wrote Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky”: 37

Number of times “Get Lucky” was heard at Outside Lands this year (even though Daft Punk wasn’t there): 9

Number of times people freaked out and started dancing like crazy when “Get Lucky” was played: 9

Number of times Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” was heard over the weekend: 0

Number of songs Nine Inch Nails played from their 1989 debut,Pretty Hate Machine: 3 – “Head Like a Hole,” “Terrible Lie” and “Something I Can Never Have”

Number of weightlifting reps it took for Trent Reznor to get that massively ripped: a lot

Number of songs the Yeah Yeah Yeahs played before singer Karen O deep-throated the microphone: 3

Number of people Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs dedicated the song “Maps”: 65,004

Number of songs performed by Hall & Oates: 9

Number of Top 10 hits performed by Hall & Oates: 9

Number of people showing off impressive displays of really bad dancing when Hall & Oates played “You Make My Dreams”:9,467

Number of visibly pregnant women seen in the crowd: 8

Number of people overheard wondering when Vampire Weekend became so freaking popular: 17

Number of times Blur’s 1997 hit “Song 2″ was heard: 1 (it was Dillon Francis’ opening song)

Number of crying girls wearing festive face paint: 1

Number of gate-crashers seen climbing over the fence to get into Outside Lands for free: 5

Number of gate-crashers seen busted by security for climbing over the fence in an attempt to get into Outside Lands for free:3

Number of visually inebriated people soliciting high-fives from passersby: 2 (1 male, 1 female)

Number of times Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers told the crowd how much he loved them: 5

Number of times Flea made a point to shout-out fellow L.A. band Fishbone, who played earlier in the day: 1

Number of self-depreciating jokes RHCP singer Anthony Kiedis made about his porn moustache: 1

Number of times Grateful Dead founder Bob Weir appeared onstage with other acts: 2 – The National and Willie Nelson

Number of women who had Paul McCartney autograph their arms onstage to be made into tattoos: 2

Number of Beatles songs performed by Paul McCartney: 26

Number of Wings songs performed by Paul McCartney: 8

Number of hours it took Paul McCartney to perform his set: 3

Number of world-class sting quartets to join Paul McCartney onstage for his set: 1 – The world-renowned Kronos Quartet

Number of people who audibly proclaimed their love for Chromatics lead singer Ruth Radelet: 10

Number of cover songs performed by the Chromatics: 2 – “Running up That Hill” by Kate Bush and Neil Young & Crazy Horse’s“Hey Hey My My (Into the Black)”

Artists way too popular for the small Panhandle stage where they played: 1 – Dillon Francis

Number of massive white balloons released into the crowd during Kakade’s set: 42

Years in a row Radio.com has had to chow down on the delicious Malaysian vegan nachos from San Francisco restaurant Azalina’s: 2

Number of beers in the “Beer Lands” area named after a marijuana strain: 1 – Ale Industries’ Cherry Kush

Number of times it started raining over the weekend: 6

Number of people who screamed “Project X!” when DJ A-Trak played his remix of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ “Heads Will Roll”: 174

Number of people in the press tent impressed when Radio.comcorrectly called which song Paul McCartney would open with (“Eight Days A Week”): 3

Number of miles walked over the course of Outside Lands: 27

– Scott T. Sterling, Radio.com


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