Top 10 Signs You Did Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Wrong

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Christopher Victorio
Are these people doing HSB right or doing it wrong? We're honestly not sure.
Ah music festivals. Doing them the right way is smart. Doing them the wrong way is hilarious -- for everyone else. This year we spent a good deal of time and energy offering positive advice on how to do Hardly Strictly. So here, in less-than-total seriousness, are 10 signs you did Hardly Strictly Bluegrass poorly. All photos by Christopher Victorio.

See our sideshows from HSB '13: The Faces of Hardly Strictly | The Dogs of Hardly Strictly

10. You failed to dress like a hillbilly.

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Christopher Victorio

And thus didn't get into the proper spirit of a bluegrass concert.


9. Dull headgear.

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Christopher Victorio

Really, there's no reason to stick with a standard-issue Giants cap or a floppy-brimmed hat at a massive outdoor music confab. The occasion calls for something more interesting.


8. You slept through it all.

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Christopher Victorio

Banjos do get boring, but there's always drinking and people-watching, right?


7. You wore any more clothing than was absolutely necessary...

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6. ... Even if it was a silly costume ...

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5. ... And especially if it was a big-ass fur coat.

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Because dear god was it hot out there.


4. You came without a canine companion.

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See our slideshow: The Dogs of Hardly Strictly 2013


3. You stayed on the ground.

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Thus missing the best views Golden Gate Park had to offer.


2. You didn't get any crowd-surfing in.

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We know it was a bluegrass festival and all, but c'mon.


1. You missed the amazing sunset on Sunday night.

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Hopefully these people turned around at some point.


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rousseur
rousseur

I know you saw this sort crappy photographs of things you thought were ridiculous or didn't agree should happen in this kind of event, and then came out with this top 10. 
But: http://www.sfgate.com/music/article/Festival-draws-record-crowd-organizers-say-4876581.php Look how a good photograph makes the difference, doesn't it? While sfgate celebrates the event's diversity, sf weekly mocks it. I don't know if maybe I'm accusing the publication for the writer's and photographer's choices.  In any case, it feels like everything in this top10 is meant to be laughed at because of the way is presented. I don't agree with it. I think this kind of mockery only reinforces intolerance and egos inflating with self assurance based on that intolerance. Why do you have to laugh at others to make yourself feel good? And why does this publication reinforces that behavior? If the writer or photographer are intolerant, what could the publication do? Well, this is what they do: "Oh let's encourage our readers to ridicule other people's choices". Why don't you think about it for a while and decide to be a better person for yourself and others by occupying your thoughts and time in things that will make people grow as human beings in a diverse society. You have that power, put it in good use. 

Jane Hammond Ruddick
Jane Hammond Ruddick

Leave your dumb ass at home midget brain....Oh, no bring your squalling, snot nosed, ugly kid!

NorCal Crowe
NorCal Crowe

Yeah.....leave your animals at home for the love of god you !@#$& pet parents!!!

Mindy Zantek Ringhofer
Mindy Zantek Ringhofer

I got yelled at by a woman who told me to keep my voice down. Last time I checked, it was a CONCERT, not a CHURCH service!

RocketJ
RocketJ

@Mindy Zantek RinghoferFrom the Etiquette section of HSB dot com. * Please respect the people around you by keeping your talking volume reasonable so that everyone can hear the music. They also made the same announcement from the stage but I suppose if you were yammering away and missed it.

amerianabroad
amerianabroad

@Mindy Zantek Ringhofer Stay home then. It's called a CONCERT -- people want to HEAR music, not talking.

alohafromkailua
alohafromkailua

@Mindy Zantek Ringhofer  Seeing it was a "concert", I'm guessing the woman probably came to hear the music vs people talking?  Personally, I go to concerts to hear the music. It's been my experience that people generally don't go to movies and talk loud enough to prevent others from enjoying the movie.  Are concerts different?  Some people go to concerts and talk throughout the performance not realizing they are preventing others from hearing & enjoying the music. I personally find it interesting that people are more considerate during (recorded) movies than during live music performances. It's awesome you were able to hang out with your friends at the concert, maybe next concert you'll consider limiting the talking to between songs and between performers?  You might like what your hear, and you won't have anyone asking you to keep you voice down! :):):)  Just another point of view...have a great week!

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