ACL Preview

Savannah Burchfiel

Named the Live Music Capitol of the World, Austin boasts a plethora of music venues and festivals each year. This season brings one of the biggest festivals, one that combines the city with its famous association with music. It’s time for the Austin City Limits music festival. 

Festival goers come from near and far, all gathering in the name of good hipster music. An average of 65,000 die-hard music fans gather on the fields of Zilker Park in downtown Austin for three days of live music under the Austin sun.

The students of Cedar Park High School are no exception. Those boasting Friday wristbands will sacrifice the joys of school for the sights and sounds of Zilker Park. Music lovers with Saturday passes will endure long, hard hours of listening to good music. For those with tickets for Sunday, music will cut into their precious hours of sleep before the school week resumes. As for the students with three-day passes, hardships must be endured at the price of seeing their true loves on stage.

CamelBaks, Chacos and sunscreen will be sported by many fans of comfort as well as music. For the rest of the crowd that is concerned with appearance, studded boots and high-waisted shorts are in style.

The weatherman seems to be in favor of the festival as well. With weekend highs in the upper 80’s, the sun will be shining but not scorching. Those attending Sunday might see some showers, but compared to last year’s storms and mud, the light rain will be a blessing.

From the big names to the little hipster bands, ACL offers a wide range of music for everyone in attendance. The fact that tickets sell out before the lineup is announced proves that the shows are not to be missed. This year’s lineup boasts The Black Keys, Neil Young and Crazy Horse, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers as headliners. Florence + the Machine, Jack White, and Bassnectar are other acts that seem to draw hungry music fans to the festival.

The masterminds behind ACL know exactly what fans want. The energized crowd can sing along to every word of every song of their favorites. Based on the Tracks Yearbook survey administered to all students, Cedar Park students will be seen in the crowds singing along to Jack White, Two Door Cinema Club and the Lumineers.

For those who are enthusiastic about the festival, Austin City Limits has announced that next year the festival will be held over two weekends for more fun, more music, and more Austin. For those who waited to buy high-priced resale tickets or missed their chances to go, take advantage of pre-sale passes for next year’s festival.