Saturday, August 11, 2012
Get Inside Outside Lands
The Outside Lands Music Festival in Golden Gate Park is being put on by Another Planet Entertainment, whose San Francisco headquarters are at Bill Graham Auditorium. On Friday, a whole fleet of buses arrived for the weekend to transport passengers from the Civic Center site out to the music festival four miles away.
Muni has been a predictable disaster for public transport to the large music festival since it started (click here for last year's mess) so the producers came up with their own public bus transport this year from a nearby BART station. When I asked at the Bill Graham ticket window if the bus ride came with the price of a ticket or was extra, they replied "it's an extra charge, and it's sold out."
Muni did send a whole fleet of shuttle buses up McAllister Street this afternoon, by the way, but they sent them at the wrong time, at about 3PM, when everyone had already made it to the Golden Gate Park site, and so the special Shuttle Buses were running completely empty. Muni management sometimes seems to work at being so stupid.
In an unintentional series of ironies, Civic Center just across from the bus staging ground at Bill Graham was littered with hobos sleeping in the park across from buses proclaiming, "get inside outside lands." Their bodies gave the signage a whole different meaning.