Green Day’s Outside Lands seen heard across SF

Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day performs during the second day of the Outside Lands music festival in Golden Gate Park. Photo: Michaela Vatcheva / Special to The Chronicle

Green Day once released a song called “Wow! That’s Loud,” and on the second day of this year’s Outside Lands festival many San Francisco residents vehemently agreed with that sentiment.

As soon as the East Bay pop-punk band took to the Lands End stage to the strains of “American Idiot” at around 8 pm Saturday, Aug. 6, social media feeds lit up with people across the city noting how clearly they could hear every riff, cymbal crash and f-bomb the group cranked out from the end of the Polo Field in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park.

“Who needs Outside Lands tix when I can hear Green Day blasting all the way over to where I live as I nurse my baby to sleep,” Sarah Buhr Davis posted on Twitter.

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Green Day performs during the second day of the Outside Lands festival in Golden Gate Park. Photo: Ethan Swope / The Chronicle

And the tweets kept coming as the band moved through its two-hour headlining set, highlighted by hits such as “Boulevard of Broken Dreams,” “Holiday” and “Longview” (see Green Day’s full Outside Lands setlist below).

From my house, I can distinctly hear Green Day playing ‘Welcome to Paradise’ in Golden Gate Park (about 2 miles away),” Sarah Mei tweeted. Although she added, “I was a 924 Gilman kid in college and back then I was ALL. IN.”

Part of the problem may have been that the San Francisco weather was unusually calm, without the blanket of fog to dampen the noise, providing the perfect conditions for the music to carry.

So funny that I can hear Green Day playing from my house,” Shannon Wolfe tweeted. “The crowd noise is exuberant, you can feel the post-Covid air. Outside Lands is lit.”

Even fans on the festival grounds noted how the volume seemed to increase once Green Day went on — and that was before the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame act unleashed a barrage of fireworks during its second-to-last song “Jesus of Suburbia.”

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Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day performs on the second day of the Outside Lands festival. Photo: Michaela Vatcheva / Special to The Chronicle

The band’s set cut it close to Golden Gate Park’s strict 10 pm curfew, ending at about 9:58 pm with a low-key version of “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life).”

Another Planet Entertainment, the promoters of the annual summer festival, have worked diligently to curb noise issues in recent years and even have a community hotline to respond to any complaints park neighbors may have during the three-day concert. They also have mobile sound monitoring equipment set up around the park that concert technicians can refer to in order to adjust the volume as needed. The hotline number is 415-965-8001 and is available from 10 am to 11 pm during each festival day.

But it’s unlikely many people used it during Green Day’s nostalgia-heavy set which was devoid of Billie Joe Armstrong’s usual politically-charged banter.

“What’s better than listening to Green Day in your backyard? Answer: nothing. Nothing is better,” tweeted Mark Dietrich.

Green Day performs during the second day of Outside Lands Music Festival at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, Calif., on Saturday, Aug. 06, 2022. Photo: Ethan Swope / The Chronicle

City officials have previously stated that despite the persistent noise complaints about Outside Lands over the years, Another Planet has never violated any laws because there is no ordinance that applies to the festival site across the Polo Field, Hellman Hollow, Speedway Meadow and Marx Meadow.

In 2019, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors approved a 10-year extension for Outside Lands in Golden Gate Park. The festival has contributed $31 million to the parks’ budget since it started, enabling the hire of a full-time gardener for the festival grounds and scholarships for its youth recreation programs, according to city records.

The 14th annual festival is expected to draw 220,000 people during its three-day run at the park through Sunday, Aug. 7, when it closes with a headlining set by rapper Post Malone.

For more updates from the three-day festival, check back at datebook.sfchronicle.com and follow the team on Twitter at @SFC_Datebook.

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Green Day’s Outside Lands 2022 setlist

“American Idiot”

“Holiday”

“Know Your Enemy”

“Boulevard of Broken Dreams”

“Long view”

“Welcome to Paradise”

“Hitchin’ a Ride”

“Rock and Roll All Nite” (Kiss cover)

“Brain Stew”

“St. Jimmy”

“When I Come Around”

“21 Guns”

“Minority”

“Knowledge” (Operation Ivy cover)

“Basketball Case”

“She”

“King for a Day”

“Shout” (The Isley Brothers cover)

“Wake Me Up When September Ends”

“Jesus of Suburbia”

“Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)”

Fans cheer as Green Day closes the second day of the Outside Lands music festival. Photo: Ethan Swope / The Chronicle



  • Aidin Vaziri
    Aidin Vaziri is The San Francisco Chronicle’s pop music critic. Email: avaziri@sfchronicle.com Twitter: @MusicSF

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