I got photo coverage started with a little gallery in our ACL Weekend One Recap. For me, Weekend One was all about the head down grind of chasing photos. Modern problems, I know, but it is hustling from pit to pit, sweating, lining up to make sure you gain access, attempting to keep everything clean enough and not have dirt ruin “the shot” and not having a panic attack knowing you have three songs to get it all right. It is a strange way to take in a music festival, often oblivious to the actual music as sensory depravation takes over and you enter a tunnel through the viewfinder.
…and loving every minute of it.
The Friday edition includes The Wild Now, Methyl Ethel, (Sandy) Alex G, The Aces, Hamilton Leithauser, Mutemath, Crystal Castles, Lukas Nelson, Bonobo and The XX.
So we’re a little under a month away from two weekends of live music and overall good times at Zilker Park, which may seem like quite a ways out, but why not start to get excited about the staple of Austin life? Whether you’re a veteran festival goer or just moved here and this is your first year in attendance, you need to be prepared for another weekend (or two if you go hardcore) of music and festivus. So click on through the jump to check out my list of things you should be getting stoked for this year at ACL.
Here come some big updates to the festival. Austin City Limits Festival made some rather big layout changes last year and they were warmly received. By moving the Cirrus Logic stage (rock island) away from that central location, a big traffic jam was removed and the addition of wine lounge was a hit for my wife-product.
Those changes have now led to more changes. The park is getting bigger for the first time. The Cirrus Logic stage is going to actually closer to Barton Springs and getting the Barton Springs moniker. The Barton Springs Rd. entrance will now be split, east and west and the Barton Springs stage tucked in between adding acreage to the grounds. Along with this bigger change, the other smaller stages are getting shuffled around a bit in hopes of cutting down sound spillover down and improving sound quality. They are adding another merch area and increasing the Eats in the park. Finally, we have the added Silent Disco in the Tito’s tent that used to sit idle late in the evening and during headliners. If you think the headliners suck, but you have to wait for your friends to share the Uber back to the car, you can dance with fest provided headphones.
Full details (plus platinum band changes $$$) here.
The other big update is the list of Official Late Night Shows. Go peruse the available bands and locales to decide your purchase at 10am on Friday.