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Sam Smith, Elton John, Mumford & Sons to perform at SF's Outside Lands

Sam Smith, Elton John and Mumford & Sons will perform at the Aug. 7-9 Outside Lands fest in San Francisco

Sam Smith, Elton John and Mumford & Sons are among the performers at San Francisco’s rollicking three-day festival set for August in Golden Gate Park.

Other performers for the Aug. 7-9 Outside Lands fest include the Black Keys, Kendrick Lamar, Wilco, Ben Harper and Billy Idol. The list also includes dozens of up-and-comers who span genres from indie to hip-hop to Americana to electronica.

Every summer since 2008, Another Planet Entertainment has transformed the meadows and polo fields of 1,017-acre Golden Gate Park into a festive, friendly musical party.

San Francisco being the gastronomic beacon that it is, the expectations are high on food and beverage vendors: They include Bay Area stars Blue Bottle Coffee, Charles Chocolates, Three Twins Ice Cream, Kara’s Cupcakes, Anchor Brewing Co., J. Lohr and the Curry Up food truck.

There’s even a stage, called GastroMagic, devoted to culinary performances.

Also at Outside Lands this year: a comedy tent (headliners haven’t been announced) and visual art installations throughout.

The $325 three-day general admission tickets sold out within 45 minutes March 26 but single-day tickets ($135 for general admission, $295 for VIP) went on sale Thursday; check www.sfoutsidelands.com.

If that sounds steep, here’s a reason to feel better about spending that money: Organizers donate part of their proceeds — totaling more than $10 million since 2008 — to San Francisco's Recreation and Park Department.

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