Written by Faith Forester
Austin City Limits, the famous music festival of the ever hip Austin, makes its ninth run Oct. 8-10.
The festival, held in Zilker Park in the city’s downtown, has become an autumn tradition. It brings together music lovers to the live music capital of the country for three days each fall.
The lineup of more than 130 bands includes The Eagles, Phish and alternative favorite Muse. A small sampling of the lineup includes The Black Keys, Vampire Weekend, Monsters of Folk, Manchester Orchestra, Band of Horses and Cage the Elephant.
Christian alternative group Switchfoot is also making an appearance Sunday evening.
In addition to the all-you-can-hear musical buffet, the art community of Austin presents its creations in the SoCo Art Market. More than 30 vendors will be present, including Austin Art Garage, SoLa and TOMS Shoes.
Other attractions are the Hope Farmer’s Market, a 4G internet tent to check e-mail and Rock Island Hideaway. A taste of Austin is provided through locally grown cuisine, including gluten-free and vegan options.
The Hideaway screens NFL and NCAA football games throughout the weekend on two 12 x 9 foot monitors. So if you are torn between watching College Game Day or your favorite band, you can do both while eating delicious food grown right here in Central Texas.
Austin, quite possibly the most environmentally conscious city in Texas, boasts ACL as being “100 percent carbon neutral.” The festival is planned to eliminate waste and offset the concert goers’ individual emissions.
Organizers encourage attendees to ride their bicycles or take the shuttle that departs from 4th and Guadalupe. There is no parking offered at the event.
Tickets for the main festival are officially sold out on the ACL website. Some may still be found online at such sites as ticketliquidator.com, ticketcity.com and craigslist.com. However, those tickets are being sold far above face value.
The Facebook page for ACL also has several networkers offering to sell their tickets to any interested individual.
The official ACL website is still selling pre-show as well as aftershow tickets for many different bands located at various venues around Austin.
Senior nursing major Ellen O’Meara attended the event for the first time last year.
“I fell in love,” she said. “They cater to every type of music-loving audience by getting performers from all different music genres. Austin City Limits is a weekend full of great music, fun, and authentic Austin culture. If you haven’t experienced it, you need to.”