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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Fence Mobs, Horse Manure, and "Camping" -- Crazy Ways People Sneak into Outside Lands

Posted By on Wed, Aug 15, 2012 at 12:00 PM

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As eager concert-goers lined up to be checked for contraband on Sunday, one even more eager man had a different idea in mind -- he was going to break in.

His plan was quite simple; wait in line just like everyone else until he was getting patted down, and then run as fast and he could into the crowd. Don't look back, don't slow down, just run.

And it worked perfectly. Just as the guard went to pat down his legs, the guy sprinted into the crowd, going up and over a hill faster than you could say, "Hey wait, where is your $250?"

Sure, this was no Mission Impossible, perfectly planned crime. The guy didn't have a special ops team in a van or a pair of night vision goggles. Just a lot of guts and perhaps a history with the high school track team.

John George, an eye witness, explained enthusiastically, "He bolted. And all of us were like, "Yeah!" He was wearing green, yellow, and red. Like Usain Bolt from Jamaica, who won the gold medal obviously. This guy actually had a gold medal clinking off his chest. Security tried to grab him and he just sprinted into the crowd, breaking the Outside Lands record."

Just as George finished explaining his somewhat enhanced version of the story (The guy was wearing blue, and he was yet to receive any medal), a different guy ripped up the fence behind the port o' potties and ran into the crowd sporting a huge smile on his face.

Maybe it was these type of incidents that inspired Outside Lands to fill the gaps between the the bottom of the fences and the ground with horse manure on Sunday.

Others preferred a team effort. On Saturday night a group gathered around one of the fences, in a similar location and seemingly with a similar plan in mind as this video from 2010:

The group this year was not so lucky. There was some hesitation on the part of the crowd. One kid went under the first of two fences, was promptly grabbed by a police officer, charged at by horses, and thrown back under the fence to tend to his bruises. After that, his friends didn't feel like following him anymore.

But not everyone who wanted to get in for free blatantly broke in -- Others tried sneakier routes. One blogger detailed his entire process of sneaking in the day before via the service entrance, sleeping in a hidden spot, and enjoying the concert the next day.

Did you witness any crazy break-in efforts? Let us know in the comments.

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Matt Saincome is SF Weekly's former music editor.


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