Radiohead, Petty, Johnson Set to Headline New Outside Lands Fest

March 3, 2008 9:13 AM ET

San Francisco will be the site of one of this summer's newest live-music events: The Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival will feature five stages and take place August 22-24th in Golden Gate Park. While the full lineup has yet to be released, Radiohead, Tom Petty and Jack Johnson have been booked as headliners and the event's organizers -- the co-founders of Bonnaroo and one of the biggest promoters in Northern California -- are promising a wide range of acts (everything from rock and jazz to Latin, hip-hop and electro) as well as local artists, local food and exhibitions of traditional and new-media art.

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“American Girl”

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers | 1976

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