Fewer attend slimmed-down Outside Lands 

Sun filled San Francisco skies Sunday afternoon just in time for the headliners to take the stage and close the third year of the two-day Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival in Golden Gate Park.

When the Kings of Leon appeared on the Lands End stage, the wind picked up slightly but the fog had yet to roll in and temperatures reached 60 degrees. Saturday concertgoers weren’t so lucky: Gray skies stuck around much of the day.

An estimated 40,000 people made it to Golden Gate Park’s Speedway Meadow on Sunday to see all or some of the bands performing. The crowd was considerably smaller than the two previous years — the lack of a big-name headliner was a noticeable difference, which organizers had predicted.

Planning Association for the Richmond President Ray Holland, who lives at the edge of the park, said it seemed as if more people were walking than driving. But the festival still brought noise, some traffic and trash to the Richmond district.

“Noise, but not any worse than before,” he said Sunday evening. “It seems like a lot fewer people, but there’s still intense parking. My neighbor’s driveway has two cars parked across it.”

Organizer Another Planet Entertainment said it had a hard time securing a big name for a Friday show. As a result, the festival, which had been three days its first two years, was chopped down by a day.

Headliners Radiohead, Tom Petty and Jack Johnson helped attract more than 130,000 people for the first Outside Lands, which brought in about $815,000 for The City’s Recreation and Park Department

Last year, the Dave Matthews Band, The Black Eyed Peas and Pearl Jam brought 78,000 people to The City.

The slightly smaller crowd caught the eye of law enforcement officials. Police Officer Samson Chan said the festival was relatively quiet.

“There have been some arrests typical with any large event that involves alcohol,” he said. “But there has been no major issue I’ve been made aware of.”

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