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The Muppets Rock The Stage, Third Eye Blind Honors David Bowie And More: 10 Best Moments From Outside Lands Music Festival 2016


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Consider San Francisco rocked!

Outside Lands took over Golden Gate Park over the weekend for an unforgettable festival experience. Headliners included Radiohead, LCD Soundsystem, Zedd, J. Cole Lana Del Rey and Lionel Richie as well as performances by Ryan Adams, Chance The Rapper, Snakehips, Third Eye Blind, Duran Duran, Major Lazer and more.

Miss any of the action? Check out the 10 best moments from the Outside Lands below.

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#10. Mom Gets A Shout Out

The Knocks put on the ultimate afternoon dance party on Saturday. The New York based duo keep the crowd moving and grooving to their hits including "Kiss The Sky," "I Wish [Taylor Swift)." and "Classic" with Powers. But in one of the sweeter moments of the festival, band member James "JPatt" Patterson announced his mom was watching the livestream while at work. For a special shout-out, he has the entire audience scream "Hi Mom!" and wave.

So adorable!

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#9. Big Boi's Big Surprise

Ok, so we knew that this one half of OutKast was officially booked to perform at the festival with Phantogram as Big Grams on Saturday, but the rapper just couldn't wait. On Friday, following Duran Duran's set, Big Boi played a surprise set of three OutKast songs on a pop-up stage in the middle of the Polo Field. The lucky audience members who just so happened to be at the right place at the right time were treated to classics such as "Rosa Parks," and "Bombs Over Baghdad."

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#8. LCD Soundsystem Reunites

Worth the wait! The band, known for their signature electro dance sound, was finally back onstage performing the headlining set on Friday following a five-year hiatus. Frontman James Murphy owned the crowd performing the hits like "You Wanted a Hit" and "Daft Punk is Playing at My House."

Let's hop its not another five years before we see this again.


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#7. ZEDD Hypnotizes

It was one of the hardest decisions of the weekend. See Radiohead at the Lands End stage or ZEDD at the Twin Peaks. Those who went for for DJ were heavily rewarded. Featival go-ers were treated to an out of this world set with larger than life LED screens featuring 3-D effect animation and pyrotechnics, all synched to perfection to ZEDD's biggest hits.

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#6. Third Eye Blind Honors Bowie

Ziggy's spirit is alive and well. On the final day of the Outside Lands Third Eye Blind performed a touching David Bowie medley with a 30-person choir, donning fire engine red wigs, and 12-person orchestra on the Lands End Stage in front of a hometown crowd. The band, who first burst on to the scene in the '90s, played the Bowie classics as "Young Americans," "Heroes," "Modern Love" and "Ziggy Stardust."

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#5. Con Brio Splits, Flips and Slays

One of the best things about music festivals is discovering live artists on the brink of blowing up. This band may be a local San Fran favorite now but after seeing frontman's moves on stage, we have no doubt fhey will be headliners soon. While belting the soulful and funky songs from the band's new album "Paradise," the 23-year-old owned the crowd with his splits, spins and hip shakes. And the multiple backflips? It's like Michael Jaxksom meets James Brown meets Gabby Douglas.

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#4. Ra Ra Riot Takes On The Police

As part of the festival's Gastro Magic celebrity-meets-chef series, Ra Ra Riot performed as "A Humiliating Kick in the Crotch", their brilliantly named The Police cover band alter ego. The guys were perfectly styled in blonde 80's style wigs and covered the classic include "Roxanne," "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic" and "Can't Stand Losing You." While the Brooklyn indie faves sang the sweet serenades, Chef Melissa King of "Top Chef" whipped up some delicious dishes.

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#3. St. Lucia Summons The Sun

So apparently the band's frontman Jean-Philip Grobler has super powers. The weather Friday afternoon was cloudy a little gloomy but but midway through St. Lucia's tropical synth-pop set, they played the track "September" and with the lyrics "Hold your head up/ Reach for the sun" the clouds parted and the sun poked through in a magical moment. Further proving Grobler is some sort of wizard, the fog returned the moment the singer stepped off the stage.

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#2. Lionel Brings Down The (Brick) House

Nothing like a sing-along to close out the weekend. At 67-years-old, the ex-Commodores leader and Eighties solo superstar still has the stage presence (and voice) to command the attention of a crowd 17,000 deep.

One after another, Lionel delivered smash hits including slow jams "Hello" and "Endless Love." And powerhouse dance anthems "All Night Long" and "Dancing On The Ceiling." Things got real funky when throwing it back with "Brick House" and a cover of the Ohio Players' "Fire."

If only this could have actually gone all night long.

#1. Muppet Takeover

Since 1975 Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem have been keeping the hippie, psychedelic Haight-Ashbury vibe alive as the house band on "The Muppet Show." The San Fran festival was naturally the perfect setting for the legendary puppet band to rock an outrageously elaborate one-time-only Sunday afternoon performance. With Dr. Teeth on keyboard. Floyd Pepper on guitar, Janice on bass, Zoot on saxophone and Lips on trumpet, the nostalgic set included a cover of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zero's anthem "Home," as well as the band's original hit

They closed with the Beatles' "With a Little Help from My Friends" complete with stage-filliing gospel choir.

Like Janice says "far out man."


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Reporter's Photo Aug 10, 2016 07:38 PM EDT