11/16/2012 12:54 pm ET Updated Jan 16, 2013

Outside Lands Festival Plans Expansion

This article comes to us courtesy of SF Weekly's All Shook Down.

By Ian S. Port

Good news for fans of Outside Lands: The city of S.F. is considering a contract extension that would keep the music festival in Golden Gate Park until 2021, and would allow even more people to attend.

This year, Outside Lands grew to 65,000 people per day. But the three-day festival hopes to expand to 75,000 as it negotiates a new contract with the city. That's still smaller than other Golden Gate Park festivals, like Hardly Strictly Bluegrass.

According to the Examiner, Another Planet Entertainment, the local company that produces Outside Lands, has proposed to direct even more revenue from the festival to the city's Rec and Parks Department. The department got roughly $1.7 million from the festival this year, and has taken in more than $6 million over the festival's four years.

Chances are that the new contract will get approved. An S.F. State study found that the festival bought in $60 million to local businesses. And festival organizers noted that 15,000 tickets to this year's festival were sold to people who live in the three zip codes surrounding the park.

Outside Lands 2012

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