Outside Lands lineup: Here’s who we think will headline in 2020

Not long after the last Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival
ended in August, music lovers started talking about the next

And, not surprisingly, the topic revolved around the possible

Fast forward six months and the chatter has only grown louder,
as fans hotly anticipate the release of the lineup.

We’re probably still several weeks away from the lineup being
announced. (Last year’s card was announced March 26 and the 2018
bill hit on April 3.)

But that’s not going to stop me from looking into my crystal
ball and trying to predict the names we might see headlining the
2020 Outside Lands, which runs Aug. 7-9 at Golden Gate Park in San

I’ll start with the surest bets and work my way down to the
long shots.

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Likelihood: 90

Previous OSL appearance: 2018

Following her phenomenal 2019, this amazing soul singer now
ranks as one of the most popular artists in all of music and
she’s already signed on to headline the big Bonnaroo festival in
June. Plus, she’s already seemingly got a strong relationship
with local promoter Another Planet Entertainment, having played
Outside Lands in 2018 and followed up with two sold-out nights at
the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium last year. So, I fully expect to
see Lizzo’s name atop the bill when it’s finally released.
She’d be a great Saturday headliner.

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Likelihood: 70 percent

Previous Outside Lands (OSL) appearance: 2010

I thought we might get these garage-rock revivalists last year,
but now it appears I was one year off. The fact that they announced
a string of West Coast/Pacific Northwest dates for March, but
didn’t include the Bay Area in the bunch, only strengthens my
view that the Strokes are coming to Outside Lands in 2020. And the
band would be a cool Friday headliner.

Travis Scott

Likelihood: 65 percent

Previous OSL appearance: None

This would be a huge booking for Outside Lands, one that would
motivate thousands of fans to snatch up those three-day passes.
Scott is definitely open to playing festivals – such as Southern
California’s Coachella, which he’ll headline in April – so
why not sign the contract and make his long-awaited debut at
Outside Lands. He would make a great Friday or Saturday night

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Vampire Weekend

Likelihood: 60 percent

Previous OSL appearance: 2013

It’s been seven years since their last showing at the
festival, so it’s definitely time for a return to Outside Lands.
Plus, Vampire Weekend is already signed up to do Governors Ball and
Bonnaroo so why not add one more.

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Lana Del Rey

Likelihood: 55 percent

Previous OSL appearance: 2016

Given the 2019 that she had – which included releasing the
best album of the year in “Norman (Expletive) Rockwell” – Del
Rey has certainly risen to the place where she should be headlining
major festivals. It hasn’t happened yet. But maybe Outside Lands
is the place where it does.

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— Jim Harrington (@jimthecritic)
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Missy Elliott

Likelihood: 45 percent

Previous OSL appearance: None

She’s signed on for Governors Ball in New York and we’re
really hoping that she decides to play a big festival on this side
of the continent as well. And the best fit would probably be
Outside Lands. And would Missy – at this point as in her career
– actually work in the “legacy headliner” role (see below)?
I’d be down with that, for sure.


Likelihood: 40 percent

Previous OSL appearance: None

It gets really tricky when trying to figure out who organizers
will slot as Sunday’s legacy headliner. And that’s because
Outside Lands has just been so awesomely unpredictable when in
filling it during past years. I mean, who could have predicted
Lionel Richie (2016), Janet Jackson (2018) or, especially, Paul
Simon (2019)? I’ve been thinking Aerosmith, however, since they
have a break in their Las Vegas schedule in early August.


Likelihood: 35 percent

Previous OSL appearance: None

Seems like a natural match. But it doesn’t feel all that
likely for 2020, given that the legendary guitarist already played
two big Bay Area shows – at Shoreline Amphitheatre at Mountain
View and Chase Center in San Francisco – plus the BottleRock Napa
Valley festival in 2019.

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Diana Ross

Likelihood: 30 percent

Previous OSL appearance: None

Just love the thought of Ross leading tens of thousands of
backup singers (aka, the crowd) through Supremes classics in Golden
Gate Park.

Dead & Company

Likelhood: 25 percent

Previous OSL appearance: None

When the band announced its summer tour, minus any Bay Area
dates, some people (such as me) started thinking that Outside Lands
is a possibility. But the fact that Dead & Co. is performing
Aug. 7-8 at Fenway Park in Boston makes a cross-country jaunt to
play Outside Lands on Aug. 9 look like a real long shot.

Rolling Stones

Likelihood: 20 percent

Previous OSL appearance: None

Here’s the biggest wildcard of the festival. And if promoters
can pull it off then it would truly be an occasion to remember for
years to come.

It’s past 10 pm and @Rollingstones
are still rocking @levisstadium
… But, wait, it’s not a curfew violation?https://t.co/pESQ2Ceve2

— Jim Harrington (@jimthecritic)
August 19, 2019

Bruce Springsteen

Likelihood: 10 percent

Previous OSL appearance: None

I wish I could add another “0” to that percentage, because
I’d love, love, love to be singing “Thunder Road” come
August. But, The Boss just doesn’t seem like a festival guy to


Likelihood: 2 percent

Previous OSL appearance: None

Maybe that percentage is too high.


Likelihood: 1 percent

Previous OSL appearance: None

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Outside Lands lineup: Here’s who we think will headline in 2020