As the days drew closer to weekend two of ACL in Austin, Texas one could not help but feel the anticipation of an inevitable good time begin to build. We started our adventure on a Thursday night on dirty 6th (East 6th) street downtown and partook in the pre ACL festivities all throughout the night. After a long night of pre gaming we awoke on the floor of a friend’s house in west campus and quickly began to prepare for what was to come. We showered, ate, threw on our wrist band and soon enough it was game time!
We had attended ACL last year and had a small idea as to what we would expect but where very much blown away by everything this year had to offer. To start things off the weather although wet on Saturday morning held up beautifully and added to the experience of the festival as a whole throughout the weekend. Zilker Park proved to be the perfect location for this enormously huge festival as it did a great job of accommodating a large amount of people with plenty of room to spare. The amazing view of the Austin, Texas skyline while looking toward the Samsung stage created the perfect scenery and helped to give the entire festival grounds a uniquely beautiful vibe.
The festival upheld eight different stages which played host to an onslaught of one of the most interesting line ups one has ever seen at ACL. From huge acts like Iggy Azalea, Eminem, Skrillex to up and coming artists like MO and Falls the festival was littered with music of every genre from wall to wall all three days. Some of our favorites included the likes of Major Lazer, Calvin Harris and of course Lorde. Some of the best concerts proved to be those of whom we knew nothing about but decided to stop and enjoy while passing through from stage to stage. This aspect of so many stages with so much music proved to be one of the highlights of the festival as it allowed for you to experience and discover new music as you wondered around the festival grounds.
Clip of Major Lazer at ACL 2014
While partaking in music one could not help but take notice to the major amount of food that ACL had to offer. The “Food Court” was a mix of local favorites and provided a variety of different choices that surely satisfied any and all who decided to eat on at any given time during the festival. While eating a P. Terry’s burger on Sunday, sitting in the middle of the grassy knoll we were happily surprised by a performance from AFI which we were not aware was going to take place. Experiences like these added to the nostalgia and downright good time ACL had to offer.
As the festival drew to a close we were definitely taken back by many moments throughout the weekend. It is the diverse feel and vibe of ACL and Austin, Texas that allows for a truly unique festival that is appropriate for people of all ages. The music knows no limits and provides something for anyone who attends. The culture is upbeat, cheerful and warming. Throughout the festival you are greeted with new enthusiastic faces that seem just as eager as you are to make friends, talk about music and jam out. The crowds although at times are over sized are welcoming and respectful making for a comfortable viewing of any artist you chose to see whether you were right at the front of the stage raging with the crowd or in the back just hanging out. There is truly nothing that compares to the general vibe that is ACL and it is for that reason we will definitely choose to return next year and enjoy ourselves once more!