By Nastia Voynovskaya
Update, Sept. 3: Hardly Strictly announced new safety precautions for this year's festival in light of recent mass shootings that have left festival-goers afraid to attend large events. In contrast to previous years' come-as-you-please vibe, there are now four official entrances on JFK and Transverse Drives, 30th Avenue and Fulton Street, JFK Drive and 36th Avenue and South Polo Field (here's a map).
The festival will also be fenced off, unlike in previous years, and gates open at 9am. Clear bags are required (you can find these at major retailers like Target, Amazon and Staples; many fast-fashion brands also carry clear purses). Coolers aren't allowed anymore, and blankets and short-backed chairs will be subject to search.
"As the world changes, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass feels the need to respond, prioritizing safety over convenience," festival organizers wrote in a statement. "We understand that these changes will make our event differ from years past, but are hopeful that our long-time fans will embrace these new rules and enjoy the performances as they always have."
Organizers also announced the complete lineup, which features surrealist R&B band Tank and the Bangas; indie rockers New Pornographers; Portland psych-folk rockers Y La Bamba; Oakland blues revivalist and Grammy winner Fantastic Negrito; Kronos Quartet performing the works of Pete Seeger with Brian Carpenter, Lee Knight, Meklit, Aoife O'Donovan and the San Francisco Girls Chorus; Summer-of-Love blues-rockers Hot Tuna; and San Francisco indie rock singer-songwriter Chuck Prophet.