Childish Gambino Draws Outside Lands' Largest Crowd Ever

Gambino continued his 2019 festival run with a stop at the San Francisco festival this weekend.


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Childish Gambino, whose stage-set artistic experiences are always worth the price of a festival or arena ticket, bagged one hell of a distinction at this weekend's expectedly massive Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival in San Francisco.

PerBillboard, Gambino's set boasted the largest crowd to have ever graced the grounds of the Golden Gate Park festival. Gambino was even generous enough to inform the audience of the feat. 

"I just found out that this is the biggest crowd they've ever had at Outside Lands!" Gambino said near the top of his headlining performance, mentioning the braggable achievement again later in the set with a well-placed "Worldstar"-housed joke about how he's "gotta get a better look" for crowds of this size.

In addition to the usual Gambino highlights one might expect at a festival stop, Gambino also worked in his Google ad-premiered February 2019 release "Human Sacrifice." On the same night that Google's Pixel 3 promo aired nationwide, Glover—who was absent from the evening's Grammys ceremony—took home a number of awards including Song of the Year and Record of the Year for his still-timely 2018 single "This Is America."

Showing specific gratitude for the Bay Area, Gambino shouted out director Ryan Coogler from the stage, noting he was the first person to hit him up following the death of his father.

"The Bay makes you understand how close and separate we all are, how you can go over a bridge and everything changes," Glover told fans, perThe Chronicle.

The Bay has nothing but love for @donaldglover 🙌🏽 #OutsideLands @sfoutsidelands

— 106 KMEL (@106KMEL) August 11, 2019

Don't mind us over here at #OutsideLands Those loud noises are just fireworks 🎇🎆 for @donaldglover

— Mariecar Mendoza (@SFMarMendoza) August 11, 2019

It's not easy to say what the future holds for the Childish Gambino name, and there's no real use in speculating, but Donald Glover fans can look forward to the release of a pair of new Atlanta seasons that were recently announced by the network to have been scheduled for back-to-back shoots in the spring of next year. Both seasons, unlike the previous two classic entries, will consist of eight episodes each. Specific release details have not been announced.

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