What the Bands Ate at Outside Lands 2013

Carolyn Alburger | August 12, 2013 | Food & Drink Story Eat and Drink

Today San Francisco emerges intact from the enormous musical dust cloud that was Outside Lands 2013 at Golden Gate Park. As you reflect on that 50-person bathroom rooftop dance party during Phoenix’s set, and Trent Reznor’s 20-foot face shooting from a ball of Nine Inch Nails’ hellfire, aren’t you curious what the bands ate before and after their sets? In Reznor’s case, it was cookies. Nine Inch Nails ordered 30 big ones from Epic Cookies before they went on stage on Saturday night. We asked dozens of publicists and tour managers to fill us in on the meals, treats, snacks and libations that sustained their bands over the past three days at Outside Lands. Find out what they had to say for themselves below.

1) Pre-show on Saturday, Phoenix ate 4505 Meats’ Best Damn Cheeseburgers and chimichurri fries backstage.

2) Under-the-radar wonder Atlas Genius had super veggie burritos with extra hot sauce at El Toro on Valencia in the Mission.

3) Milo Greene enjoyed s’mores from Sharona’s Chocolate Shop during an interview (pictured, above).

4) Grizzly Bear, a band known for its own crazy elaborate backstage cooking sessions, swung by Split Pea Seduction for a grilled leg of lamb sandwich before their performance.

5) Band of Horses drank the Corpse Reviver from Homestead.

6) Houndmouth hit up The Butcher’s Daughter for bratwurst with sauerkraut.

7) Gabe Simon of Kopecky Family Band grabbed an iced almond milk latte and a blackberry pistachio croissant from Four Barrel on Valencia Street. On the festival grounds, he also ate a margherita pizza from Del Popolo, which he dubbed “insane.”

8) When Midi Matilda wasn't snacking on peaches from Berkeley Bowl, they were grabbing pizza from Escape from New York. They also ate Epic Cookies from Choco Lands, plantain arepas and yucca fries from Pica Pica, and veggie tofu tacos in the VIP tent.

9) Paul McCartney ordered a gluten-free pizza from The Pizza Place.

10) The Men's Ben Greenberg had an al pastor super burrito from Taqueria Cancun and said it was "pretty much all I needed to eat for the whole three days."

Update: Kevin Carducci of The Easy Leaves writes in to say that he grabbed a basic margherita pizza from the Casey's Pizza truck, yesterday in the VIP section. He said it was "the perfect meal at the end of a long day before making the hour and a half long drive up north."

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