August 5, 2022
Fans sit on blankets near the new windmill and watch Duckworth perform at Outside Lands in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco on Friday, August 5, 2022.
Adam Pardee/Special for SFGATE
One of the unfortunate things about any music festival is that you can’t see everything. Sometimes dueling headliners can make a tough decision, but this year the Friday night lineup at Outside Lands proved particularly annoying.
SZA performs during the 2018 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at Empire Polo Field on April 13, 2018 in Indio, California.
Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Coachella
Aside from the beautiful weather, which was actually reminiscent of summer, the main topic of conversation for the day seemed to be that Phoebe Bridgers and SZA, two of the weekend’s most anticipated performers, were booked at almost identical times on the Twin Peaks and Lands final stages. Gossip about the lineup conflict could be heard in line at the festival entrance and of course people took to Twitter to express their frustration.
I’m choosing between Phoebe Bridgers, Sza and Disclosure tonight in Outland pic.twitter.com/DJm1pcjx9C
— Jonathan (@eyebagboy) August 5, 2022
Phoebe and Sza play Outsidelands at the same scheduled time… friendships are put to the test
— Hannah (@robsbins) July 28, 2022
Outside the countries hates women, how are you going to hire Phoebe and Szas at the same time?
— ✧* dalya∙˚✧ (@bbydalya) July 28, 2022
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— taila (@tailalee) July 28, 2022
Creating the Outlanders schedule: “How can we accommodate everyone’s favorite artists at the same time”
— sophia (@sassatico) July 28, 2022
I sold my Phoebe tickets in June since I saw her at OSL, now she and Sza are at the same time…🥲
— Caitlin (@cariley5) July 28, 2022
Kind of homophobic for foreigners to put Sza right after Phoebe, but all the way through the festival
— Mother Bean (@Benjyguin) July 28, 2022
Outside Lands, who never have more than one headliner and then use SZA and Phoebe at the same time, is proof that they hate women. I don’t make the rules 🤷🏻♀️
— Emma (@sturdygirlemma) July 28, 2022
Booking Sza and Phoebe out of countries for the same timeslot is absolutely insane
— a Klaus in Nebraska (@CestNicklaus) August 4, 2022
osl plans phoebe and sza’s sets at the same time…. I would rather die
— gwy🐀 (@notlikeothrgrIs) July 28, 2022
Unfortunately, some fans had apparently not yet taken a look at the schedule.
YALL I GET TO SEE PHOEBE BRIDGERS AND SZA TODAY NOBODY TALKS TO ME
— neida🦋 (@neiduhhhh) August 5, 2022
However, it should be noted that Bay Area fans got a chance to catch Bridgers at a secret show in Healdsburg last night. Her Friday night performance will be featured on the festival’s Twitch livestream, and there’s another chance to catch her at an after-party at The Independent.
So maybe just go to SZA.
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Dan Gentile is culture editor at SFGATE. He relocated from Austin, TX to San Francisco where he worked as a vinyl DJ and freelance food and music writer. His writing has been published in Texas Monthly, American Way, Rolling Stone, Roads & Kingdoms, VICE, Thrillist, and others. Email: [email protected]