Metallica and Neil Young + Crazy Horse are two of the many acts that will perform at San Francisco’s Outside Lands Music + Arts Festival, which takes place Aug. 10-12 at Golden Gate Park. Both longtime residents of the Bay Area, the two legendary groups will join sixty other bands for a three-day celebration.

A significant portion of every ticket sold will directly benefit the San Francisco’s Recreation and Park Department. If you’ve ever been to the Bay Area, you know this money is well invested.

This will mark the very first time Metallica (who are still celebrating their 30th anniversary) will play their hometown park. Now in its fifth year, the festival has become an event that music fans really look forward to. The 2012 line-up of artists is quite diverse, with Stevie Wonder, Jack White, Beck and The Kills participating, to name a few.

This festival is also billed as the world’s only "gourmet" music festival, and the fact that it takes place in the historic Golden Gate Park makes it all the more appetizing. Basically, if you’re a rocker and a foodie, you’ve truly hit the jackpot. The culinary offerings are said to be spectacular -- ticket holders can expect to discover approximately 100 different food and wine options prepared by some of the city’s hottest chefs.

As previously reported, Young and Crazy Horse have a new record ‘Americana’ (arriving June 5) which finds the duo rearranging traditional songs. Old standards like ‘This Land Is Your Land,’ ‘Oh Susannah,’ and ‘She’ll Be Comin’ Round the Mountain’ will undergo the Crazy Horse treatment. In fact, according to Young's bold talk about the upcoming album, the songs “belong to us now.” With any luck, they’ll soon be shared with those spending the weekend at the park.