Outside Lands: SZA bounces back from COVID to perform winning set

SZA wasn’t going to let anything stop her from performing at the 2022 Outside Lands festival.

“I had COVID like a week ago,” the R&B vocalist told the thousands of fans assembled before her in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. “And it beat my (expletive).

“I was definitely fighting for my life to be with you.”

And the fans certainly appreciated the efforts of the St. Louis native, who headlined the big Lands End Stage and capped off 10 hours of music performed by 40-plus acts across nine stages on Day One (Aug. 5) of the festival.

Other popular attractions of the day included hip-hop star Lil Uzi Vert, comedic rapper-rocker Oliver Tree, acclaimed indie-folk-pop singer-songwriter Phoebe Bridgers and English electronic music duo Disclosure.

The three-day festival was set to continue on Saturday with a long-awaited headlining set from legendary Bay Area pop-punk act Green Day as well as performances by blazing hot rapper Jack Harlow, local hip-hop hero Larry June, rising alt-rock star Kenny Hoopla and many others. On Sunday, the bountiful lineup includes hip-hop star Post Malone as the main headliner plus sets from art-pop singer-songwriter Mitski, alt-rock icons Weezer, British indie-rock duo Wet Leg and dozens of others.

“I truly think it is the most diverse and dynamic lineup that we’ve had,” says Allen Scott, president of concerts and festivals for the Berkeley-based Another Planet Presents, which co-presents Outside Lands. “There are a lot female artists on (the lineup) this year. There are a lot of different types of music on there this year.”

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Source:: The Mercury News


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