When: Fri., Aug. 7, 10 p.m. 2015
Big Freedia Last year, Big Freedia performed a daytime set on a peripheral stage at Outside Lands. Festivalgoers tend to mistake behaving like assholes for letting loose, but the bounce queen Big Freedia from New Orleans and her twerk troupe properly demonstrated the way to let go of one’s inhibitions. Freedia’s set was practically anarchic, with the dancers grabbing stage scaffolding, nearby ladders, and other such random fixtures in the interest of working props into their incredible dancing. As a queer rapper steeped in the Wards of New Orleans, Freedia is an inspiration, and each of her performances reflect the central tenet of her new book, God Save the Queen Diva: express yourself. Or, to invert that old Funkadelic cliché, free your ass and your mind will follow. This year, Freedia is set to perform an unofficial Outside Lands after-party at 1015 Folsom (1015 Folsom St., San Francisco) on Friday.