Austin City Limits entertains large crowds


The Weekend performs at ACL.

Arianna Purcell, Features Editor

Austin City Limits, otherwise known as ACL, is a giant music festival that takes place in Austin at Zilker Park. From rap legends to indie-folk music, the festival attracts all kinds of fans from around the world.

ACL was inspired by the ACL television program on the KLRN-TV station in Austin, then founded in 1974. The television series was composed of a wide variety of musical performances from singer-songwriters such as Willie Nelson and Ray Charles. The success of the show paved the way for the ACL music festival.

A number of students attended this year’s festival, which was held Sept. 30 – Oct. 2 and Oct 7-9.

“I got my tickets on Twitter,”  senior Victoria Long said. “They were only $275 for the weekend.”

Tickets for ACL are priced high, a weekend pass runs for $300, and a day pass runs for $100, unless you’re able to catch a lucky break and find tickets elsewhere.

ACL is mostly known for its extreme variety in music. Some of its headliners this year were: Drake, G-Eazy, A$AP Rocky, Foo Fighters, Echosmith, The Weekend, Florence and the Machines, Vance Joy, and Disclosure.

“My Favorite part of ACL was meeting G-Eazy,” Long said. “He signed my album and my wrist.”

ACL is also known for how crazy things can get in the Texas heat.

“There was this girl who licked the sweat off of her boyfriend’s chest,”  Long said. “She was pretty out of it.”

Most of all, ACL is known for bringing different kinds of people together through good music and good times.

“My favorite part of ACL was Foo Fighters, I got to see Dave Grohl live,” senior Maddie Berry said. “I also got to go crowd surfing during that concert and they played my favorite song.”