Shorter Outside Lands Is Music to Neighbors' Ears

By Sajid Farooq
|  Wednesday, Aug 11, 2010  |  Updated 3:20 PM PDT
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Shorter Outside Lands Is Music to Neighbors' Ears

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A shot of the crowd during a performance at last year's Outside Lands Festival.

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The down economy has its perks for some people.

Residents and businesses near Golden Gate Park can thank the sinking Dow for sinking one night of music, and the hoards of people that come along with it, at this year's Outside Lands Festival.

The festival has been three days the past two years but this year concert organizers are pulling the plug on the Friday night show partly because it is too expensive to run while ensuring a major act signs. And that's just fine with the locals.

Previous years the festival has been marred with complaints of illegally parked cars, excess traffics clogging the roads going into the park and obscene amounts of noise. There were 215 complaints about the Friday night show at last year's festival, according to the San Francisco Examiner.

For the City, one less day of music won't make too much of a difference. Concert promoters are still promising to pay San Francisco the full amount agreed upon back when Outside Lands was three days.

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