Between Hardly Strictly, Outside Lands, Stern Grove and Noise Pop, San Francisco music festivals have something for almost everyone. But for many electronic music fans, the offerings at these events tend to be slim, as they typically feature rising pop stars, indie mainstays, and bluegrass pickers dominating the stages.
The Portola festival, which takes place Saturday and Sunday at Quai 80, offers a reprieve from rock music with a jam-packed lineup of electronic-leaning acts, while still casting a wide net in terms of genre. Legacy headliners like Fatboy Slim and Chemical Brothers offer a chance for many young listeners to do their DJ homework. Crossover success stories like James Blake and Kaytranada are big enough names to score big fonts even on the Outside Lands flyer. And producers with rabid fanbases who haven’t quite broken through like Bicep still get high enough billing.