Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2011 Lineup: Robert Plant, Thurston Moore, Broken Social Scene, and More

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Broken Social Scene is one of more than 90 acts playing Hardly Strictly Bluegrass this year.

The lineup for this year's Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival is out, and good luck figuring out whom to call the "headliner." For the festival's 11th year, organizers have put together another insanely huge lineup (90-plus acts) that spans all sorts of genres, stepping out even further from the traditional Americana focus of the festival. Names that stand out to us include Robert Plant and the Band of Joy, Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore, Mekons, Broken Social Scene, Bright Eyes, Kurt Vile, Kris Kristofferson and Merle Haggard, Cass McCombs, Bob Mould, and Elbow.

Of course, the lineup includes regulars such as Emmylou Harris and Earl Scruggs, too. Check out the full bill after the jump.

This year Hardly Strictly is expanding to a full three days, from Sept. 30 to Oct. 2, with the usual MC Hammer show and kid's program held on Thursday, Sept. 29 instead of Friday. The first day of the festival will include four stages of music, while the second two will have six. But on Friday, Bright Eyes frontman Conor Oberst will be curating the Rooster stage all day, and he's chosen acts like Woods, Kurt Vile and the Violators, M. Ward, and more to play.

Here's the full lineup:

Bill Kirchen
Seldom Scene
David Bromberg Quartet
The Del McCoury Band & The Preservation Hall Jazz Band
John Prine
Robert Plant & the Band of Joy
Charlie Musselwhite
South Memphis String Band
Jolie Holland
Chris Isaak
Jonathan Wilson
Simon Joyner
Kurt Vile & the Violators
The Felice Brothers
M. Ward
Bright Eyes
Blame Sally
Southern Culture on the Skids
Thurston Moore
Greensky Bluegrass
Otis Clay with special guest Chick Rodgers
Alison Brown Quartet
Earl Scruggs
Gillian Welch
Steve Earle and the Dukes (and Duchesses) featuring Allison Moorer
Cass McCombs
Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit
Kris Kristofferson & Merle Haggard
Irma Thomas
Ricky Skaggs
Broken Social Scene
The Wronglers with Jimmie Dale Gilmore
Robyn Hitchcock
Guy Clark & Verlon Thompson
Patty Griffin
Punch Brothers featuring Chris Thile
Robert Earl Keen
The Band of Heathens
Ryan Bingham & the Dead Horses
Reckless Kelly
The Flatlanders featuring Joe Ely, Jimmie Dale Gilmore & Butch Hancock
River Whyless
Seamus Kennedy
Wendy Bird
A.A. Bondy
The Belle Brigade
Nell Robinson & Jim Nunally & Their All-Star Band
Dry Branch Fire Squad
Laurie Lewis & the Right Hands
Bela Fleck, Zakir Hussain & Edgar Meyer
The Blind Boys of Alabama
Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mountain Boys
Emmylou Harris
The Low Anthem
Dr. John & the Lower 911
Abigail Washburn
Buddy Miller
Bob Mould
Fitz & the Tantrums
Jessica Lea Mayfield
Kieran Kane, Kevin Welch & Fats Kaplin
The Civil Wars
Justin Townes Earle
The Jayhawks
Joe Purdy
The Devil Makes Three
Hot Buttered Rum
The Mother Hips
Dark Star Orchestra
Conspiracy of Beards
Dive Bar Dukes
Those Darlins
Frank Fairfield
The Swanson Family Band
Over the Rhine
Bill Orcutt

Crazy, eh? And remember: You have don't worry about buying tickets, because it's free! You do have to worry about finding space close to the big stages, though.

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Broken Social Scene will draw the biggest crowd thanks to the hipsters and being a top tier indie name that many still think are on top of their game. I'd call them the defacto headliner.

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