We went to ACL this past weekend. People were not excited about it because
It was broken into two weekends with exactly the same lineup.
The lineup felt weaker than past years.
But I’m very glad I went. I had a blast. The weather was perfect for it. And most importantly, it’s the first ACL in many that allergies aren’t killing me and/or I’m stoned out of my mind with allergy medication.
Also, the crowds felt lighter (but I heard it was the usual 75,000 souls). Lines for food, bathroom, beer were quick and painless. Getting in and out of the park was a breeze. It was relatively easy to get close to the stages as well. Maybe they’ve been improving the logistics, maybe it was something else, but it really helped enjoy the weekend.
Disclaimer: Lots of photos below. But this year I decided not to carry my excellent MFT camera, instead using my puny little iPhone 5. This means the photos suck.
Also, I assumed that others would bring good cameras, take some decent videos, and post them to YouTube. I was wrong, it turns out my incredibly steady hand is unique among concert-goers. Oh well…
Read more for lots of photos.
I’m adding a small section for the food because I think they deserve it. These festivals usually serve turkey legs or something similar and that’s it. Austin is lucky because there is a subculture of foodies-on-wheels. Local businesses are well-equipped to serve their goods from a food stand. The organizers wisely chose to bring them in.
Salt Lick and Stubb’s always great chopped beef BBQ sandwiches were there, and that is just the tip of the iceberg. Well done, ACL. Well done.