The Austin City Limits Music Festival

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October 10-12, 2014 | Austin, Texas 

2014 was the eleventh year of the Austin City Limits Music Festival, which took place on 46 acres of Zilker Park in Central Austin.  The six day event, over two consecutive weekends, drew more than 75,000 people each day.

Brit Turner of Blackberry SmokeIt is different than many of the other large-scale music festivals in that it allows festivalgoers to bring in folding chairs to sit on, creating an atmosphere much more inviting to a wider age range of festivalgoers. This one simple allowance leads to a more varied crowd than typically seen at large scale music festivals like Coachella or Bonneroo.

Both weekends had eight stages, each showcasing 5-6 different performers a day with a relatively wide variety of musical styles, and even including the “Austin Kiddie Limits” stage.  Each stage had great sound, while the larger stages also had jumbo screens to allow the audiences to view the show from afar. 

BeckWhile Friday was hot and steamy (typical Austin), Saturday was plagued by early morning rain and a temperature drop.  Festival organizers decided not to open the gates until noon on Saturday, cancelling all acts scheduled to begin before that, and keeping to the remaining schedule.  This change in weather created a muddy experience for most festivalgoers on Saturday, and a bit of an obstacle on Sunday.

As typical of Austin events, the food vendors were mostly local Austin-based restaurants that included barbecue, tacos, locally made ice creams, etc.  A craft beer tent was also in place to taste some of Texas brews. 

SpoonIn addition, the festival organizers developed a reward-based plan to encourage a clean atmosphere.  Any festivalgoer could grab a trash bag and fill it up while wandering through the festival.  When they had it full, they returned it, and were rewarded with a festival t-shirt.  This had a huge impact on keeping the grounds clean over both weekends.

The music in this year’s line up was spectacular!  Here’s a sample of what the weekend line up looked like:

Austin City Limits Festival set on 46 acres in Zilker ParkFRIDAY:
Jimmy Cliff, Bleachers, Sam Smith, St. Vincent, Foster The People, Ozomatli, Blackberry Smoke, Beck

Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Interpol, Icona Pop, Iggy Azalea, Lana Del Rey, Juanes, Eminem

Cults, Fitz & The Tantrums, Chromeo, Spoon, The Replacements, Lorde, Pearl Jam

By Evan Fabricant
Photo credit Dana Gardner
“Bulgaria SEGA” newspaper

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