Lorde reigned supreme at Outside Lands, rivaled only by the iconic The Who, as both acts delivered top-notch performances to close out the third and final day of San Francisco's annual music and arts festival.
Taking the stage first was Lorde, who kicked off a fourteen-song set with her 2013 hit "Tennis Court" before moving into new material from her just-released Melodrama. Halfway through her set, she was joined onstage by Jack Antonoff for a cover of Paul Simon's "Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard."
It was a bold move that paid off: During the stripped-down number, she effectively brought calm to a weekend filled mostly with heavy electric guitar, rave lights and pyrotechnics -- and then brought the energy back up to capacity by the time she closed with "Green Light."
As the last act of the night, The Who didn't disappoint, powering through timeless hits like "Behind Blue Eyes" and "I Can't Explain" with an almost shocking vigor. Original members Roger Daltrey, now 73, and Pete Townshend, 72, gave artists a fraction of their ages a lesson in how it's done.
Holding the stage for two full hours, The Who's stamina didn't falter -- and neither did that of the crowd, even though many had, by this point, been raging for 72 hours.
Other highlights from the weekend included performances from Metallica, Gorillaz and Fleet Foxes, as well as great sets from lesser-known bands like Royal Blood, Thundercast and Electric Guest.
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