Austin City Limits
October 8-10 2010
Austin, TX... derived from the longest running live music televion show on PBS, for the last 35 years.
The Austin City Limits Music Festival is an annual three-day music festival in Austin, Texas' Zilker Park. The Festival brings together more than 130 bands on eight stages, including rock, country, folk, indie, Americana, hip-hop, reggae, and bluegrass, and attracts a crowd of more than 65,000 visitors each day. Named after the legendary PBS concert series, the festival is produced by C3 Presents, who also co-produce the Lollapalooza festival.
In a very short time the Austin City Limits Music Festival has joined Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, and Coachella as the United States’ premier rock festivals.1
Crowd at the Austin City Limits Music Festival with view of stages and Austin skyline.Concert goers that have three-day pass wristbands can leave and re-enter at any time. Those with one-day passes cannot re-enter. Allowed items include: Two 32oz sealed water bottles, umbrellas, and folding chairs (there is a restriction on how close chairs can be moved to the stage). There is no car parking near the festival. Most concert goers park downtown and take free shuttle buses. Bicycle parking is available, though cyclists must provide their own locks. Outside food is not allowed inside the festival; however, vendors provide food and alcohol inside.
Although the average high in Austin for the last two weeks of September is 88 degrees Fahrenheit, recently the event has endured above average temperatures and humidity. The high temperature for 2004 during the festival was 96 degrees. In 2005 the highs were 99 and 108 degrees. The temperatures reached 99 degrees in 2006. ACL has worked with the City of Austin to install a massive irrigation system to eliminate dust concerns during the Festival. In 2006 they also targeted dust patches by putting down mulch, ending most of the dust problems. Tents and other stations have been set up and equipped with fan misters. Organizers had historically not wanted to move the festival into October due to conflicts with hotel room availability on UT football weekends, increased chance of rain, and the reduced chance of booking bands on summer tour. However, festival took place in October for the first time in 2009. The 2009 ACL Fest experienced strong rain on Saturday, and clouds on Sunday, resulting in muddy grass, and many umbrellas.edit
Austin City Limits is a very popular event in Texas for rock, indie, blues, world/ethnic contemporary and traditional, reggae, eclectic, fusion, electronic, soul, folk/Americana and almost all other music fans. Major metropolitan areas Dallas, San Antonio and Houston are each within a 3 hour drive of Austin. Zilker Park also features nearby Nature City and its gardens, the botanical gardens and Barton Springs pool, beach volley ball courts and a rock formation in Zilker park. The festival is located near downtown Austin, where many artists perform after-shows after they play at the festival.