Outside Lands Exceeds $200 Million Earned in the 2010s

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Atmosphere during the 2019 Outside Lands music festival at Golden Gate Park on Aug. 9, 2019 in San Francisco.

The Bay-Area music festival posted its best gross in its 12-year history.

San Francisco’s annual pop/rock/indie/hip-hop/electronic/etc. Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival tops the Current Boxscore chart (dated Aug. 31, 2019) with a monstrous three-day gross of $29.6 million and 205,500 tickets sold according to figures reported to Billboard Boxscore.

It’s the tenth incarnation of the festival reported to Billboard Boxscore, and as such, the tenth time that Outside Lands has topped the Boxscore chart. The 2018 edition marked the only year-to-year dip in earnings since launching in 2008, down 0.8% with $27.7 million. But in 2019, the fest bounced back with $29.6 million, up 7% for the biggest gross in the festival’s history.

2019 is the fifth consecutive year with grosses of more than $20 million, and the seventh with a three-day attendance total above 200,000. Altogether, the festival has earned $211.3 million and sold 1,827,360 tickets, $200.2 million of which was grossed this decade. Outside Lands won top festival at the 2018 Billboard Live Music Awards.

The most recent lineup was topped by Paul Simon, Childish Gambino and Twenty One Pilots, also featuring Kacey Musgraves, Lil’ Wayne, blink-182, Flying Lotus, and many more across genres and generations. The festival was promoted by Another Planet Entertainment, Superfly Presents and Starr Hill Presents.


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