The Austin City Limits Music Festival, ACL has just released this year’s lineup. On its 13th year the two weekend event brings together multiple genres of music that encompass rap, alternative, folk, country and electronic. The festival sells its weekend passes separately, with most acts performing both weekends. The ACL takes place in Austin’s 46-acre Zilker Park, and is host to more than 130 musical acts, over the two weekend period within its eights stages, with each day bringing approximately 75,000 attendees. This year’s ACL will be held on the weekends of October 3-5 and October 10-12.
According to Rolling Stone, this year’s headliners are Eminem, Pearl Jam, Outkast, Foster the People, Lana Del Rey, Beck, Skrillex, Calvin Harris, The Replacements and Zedd. ACL crosses genre`s by showcasing electronic, rap, rock, folk and country throughout its eight stages. Other performers include Interpool, Chvrches, The Avett Brothers, Childish Gambino, Capital Cities and many more.
People wanting to attend the first or second weekend pay $225 per weekend for general admission tickets. The VIP tickets run at $1050 per weekend and include shade seating in VIP areas, access to VIP Grove, viewing lounge with HD live feeds, air-conditioned washrooms, catered food, and mini spa treatments. There are also Platinum passes with a cost of $3600. Included in this pass is access to the platinum lounge with its private air-conditioned tent and catered lunch and dinner, as well as on-site concierge hosts. There is also an exclusive area for viewing the two main stages, and golf transportation. VIP and Platinum travel passes may also be purchased. These begin at $3489 per couple and include passes plus a weekend stay at one of the festival selected hotels. For those not able to be on the VIP list, there are two and four pass general admission travel packages that begin at $1739 for a weekend stay.
While changes have been made throughout its 13-year history one thing is for certain, Austin’s thriving food scene will be represented. ACL sets up Austin Eats in Zilker Park, a food court of sorts promoting the very best in southern food, as well as fan favourites that include kettle corn and ice cream. The ACL Art Market is another popular destination for attendees; it is the spot to purchase accessories, posters and a large selection of goods created by local artisans. ACL also sets up an area named ACL Cares, where attendees have the opportunity to learn about how to support and give back to organizations like Anthropos Arts, a music arts program that connects at-risks youth with professional musicians. The all-inclusive atmosphere extends to children, ACL allows children under 10 years of age free admission when attending with parents. They have a designated area that offers activities from 11 am to 4:30 pm daily.
Last year’s event suffered a major setback with the cancellation of the last day on the second weekend of the festival due to a lightning storm, with a reported rainfall of more than 10.6 inches over a 12 hour period. Due to safety concerns for fans and performers the last day was cancelled with refunds provided accordingly to fans missing performances by Radiohead, Lionel Ritchie, Thom Yorke, and many more.
Austin City Limits Music Festival will bring together musical acts representing a multitude of genres to the thriving Austin scene. With more than 250,000 attendees expected and musical performances by the who’s who in the music industry, incorporated with Austin’s southern hospitality, food and arts culture, and the relative lower festival pricing. This year will undoubtedly be a success like no other.
Opinion By Dony Lugo