Alison Krauss, Iron & Wine, Bonnie Prince Billy and Pegi Young also on the bill for Hardly Strictly Bluegrass

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Robert Plant and Alison Krauss head up an impressive bill for Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, a free festival taking place in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park between Friday October 3 and Sunday October 5.

They will play on the Friday afternoon, along with their musical director T Bone Burnett, the Jerry Douglas Band and Sharon Little.

Other artists who’ll be playing the massive event include Emmylou Harris, Gogol Bordello, Asleep at the Wheel, From the Jayhawks: Mark Olson & Gary Louris, Pegi Young, Dave Alvin & the Guilty Women, Loudon Wainwright III, Bonnie Prince Billy, Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mountain Boys, Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, Elvis Costello, Steve Earle & the Bluegrass Dukes, Richard Thompson, Global Drum Project featuring Mickey Hart & Zakir Hussain, Nick Lowe, Iron & Wine, Guy Clark & Verlon Thompson, Odetta and, allegedly, MC Hammer.

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass began in 2001. The attendance last year over the three days was estimated to be in excess of 750,000.

No tickets are necessary for the festival which, after the Friday performance, runs from 11am ’til 7pm.

For more information, visit www.hardlystrictlybluegrass.com.

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