Outside Land’s headliners The Strokes were not locked into a San Francisco restaurant due to vaccine card rules

Photo by Dan Gentile

Nick Valensi, Fabrizio Moretti, Julian Casablancas and Albert Hammond Jr.  from The Strokes performs at Lands End Stage during Day 1 of the 2021 Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival at Golden Gate Park on October 29, 2021 in San Francisco, California.

Nick Valensi, Fabrizio Moretti, Julian Casablancas and Albert Hammond Jr. from The Strokes performs at Lands End Stage during Day 1 of the 2021 Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival at Golden Gate Park on October 29, 2021 in San Francisco, California.

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The first day of Outside Lands has come to an end. The weather, which changed from sunshine to fog in a matter of minutes, kept festival-goers on their toes and probably provided a cold night for some costumed attendees. But the overall atmosphere was festive and festive, with some longtime Outside Lands fans crying.

One of the most difficult choices in the festival series was Friday night’s main name. Given the distance between the stages, it was almost impossible to split the difference and capture a few minutes each of The Strokes, Kaytranada or Tyler, The Creator. Those who chose Tyler were treated to a hurricane by a show complete with explosive fireworks and a speedboat on stage rocking on hydraulics.

The Strokes played the Lands End stage at. 20.25 and it was a rocky set from the start. During their opening song, “The End Has No End,” singer Julian Casablancas interrupted his lyrics in the middle of the song to ask if the microphone was actually on. He went on to comment on the lack of volume throughout the set, with the audience roaring in agreement when asked if the volume was “insanely low”.

After sprinting through “Someday” from their 2001 LP “Is This It”, Casablancas once again questioned the sound.

“I mean, our sound man Gus is notorious for damaging the eardrums. So I’m sure it’s the law, or the festival, or some San Francisco law bull – t. I was not locked into a restaurant today, I have “a vaccine card and they were like, you need both, I think I do not know. San Francisco, love it,” Casablancas said with a stiff mockery. “If we could have ten minutes of silence, thank you for the inequality. Just kidding. YOYO!”

The band then began playing their song “You Only Live Once.”


In another fun moment of audience interaction, a baby doll was thrown on stage. Casablancas failed to catch it, but picked it up from the ground and passed it on to drummer Fabrizio Moretti, who put it on top of his pelvic stand.

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