By Jim Harrington
Two local legends -- Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Metallica and Neil Young -- are among the highlights of the 2012 Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival lineup announced Tuesday.
Other top acts include Motown great Stevie Wonder, alt-rock guitar hero Jack White and multi-Grammy-winners, the Foo Fighters.
The complete lineup was announce Tuesday by Berkeley-based promoter Another Planet Entertainment. Three-day passes for the festival -- set to take place Aug. 10-12 at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco -- go on sale at noon April 19 through the festival's website www.sfoutsidelands.com. There is no word on when --or if -- single day tickets will be made available. Early bird (or what promoters call "eager beaver") tickets already went on sale and sold out in less one day -- which was record time for the event.
A variety of three-day passes will be available ranging in price from $195 to $495. Three-day parking passes cost $149.50 and a three-day shuttle pass costs $29.50.
This year's bill is incredibly deep, featuring dozens of worthy acts. Besides such big-name acts as Wonder and Young, who will be performing with his legendary Crazy Horse backing band, Outside Lands will also present top electronic music act Skrillex, indie-pop daredevil Beck (who performed at the inaugural Outside Lands in 2008), avant-garde Icelandic troupe Sigur Ros, folksy favorite
This year's lineup also includes several up and coming buzz bands are such bands as Of Monsters and Men, Alabama Shakes and Die Antwoord.
The full bill, consisting of more than 60 acts, is listed on the festival website. Beyond the music, the festival will also feature offerings from some 30 wineries and 50 restaurants.
Outside Lands debuted in 2008 and quickly established itself as the Bay Area's top rock festival -- the Northern California equivalent to Chicago's Lollapalooza or Southern California's Coachella. Over the years, the festival has hosted such top attractions as Phish, Radiohead, the Dave Matthews Band, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Arcade Fire and Muse.
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