Childish Gambino rocks ‘biggest crowd Outside Lands has ever had’

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Tens of thousands of fans stretched out in front of Childish Gambino, filling the Polo Grounds at Golden Gate Park in a fashion that was breathtaking to behold.

It was definitely bigger than what headliners Twenty One Pilots performed in front of during Day One (Aug. 9) of the Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival in San Francisco. Indeed, it has hard to remember a larger gathering in the event’s 12-year history.

And that’s because what we were witnessing on Day Two (Aug. 10) was “the biggest crowd that Outside Lands has ever seen,” Childish Gambino — aka Donald Glover — told the audience.

Although the Day One’s attendance totals were not officially released, organizers did say 210,000 fans are expected to show up during the course of the three-day event, which continues through Sunday, Aug. 11.

Yet, the second day of Outside Lands definitely felt more crowded than Day One. And it wasn’t just one stage that was attracting the huge numbers. Instead, multiple stages were drawing thousands upon thousands of listeners — often at the very same time.

Flume, RL Grime, Alina Baraz, Big Wild and Ella Mai all drew impressive crowds to see them perform. Yet, clearly, the evening’s headliner — Childish Gambino — was the main attraction.

And this may well have been one of the very last opportunities to witness Gambino.

“This is the second to last show that we’ll be doing,” said Glover, the multitalented artist — and creator/star of the acclaimed TV series “Atlanta” — who says he’s retiring his Gambino stage persona after this tour.

The artist — who, for simplicity sake, we’ll just refer to as Gambino for the rest of the article — has had a busy festival season. Besides headlining Outside Lands, he’s topped the bill at such other major musical gatherings as Lollapalooza, Coachella and Bonnaroo. He’s also performed several solo dates on his This Is America Tour, including stops at both the SAP Center in San Jose and Oracle Arena in Oakland back in December.

The crowd was grooving from the get go, bouncing along with gusto to Gambino’s mix of R&B, soul, rock and hip-hop.

“This is the part of the show where we rate the crowd,” said Gambino, explaining that the rating system went from 1-10. “I’m going to rate you guys a 14.”

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Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment


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