Now that the dust has settled (literally), let’s take a moment to reflect on Austin City Limits 2016.
This year, ACL festival managers went for a younger crowd and the music skewed heavy on EDM. I wandered around and saw a number of bands: Catfish and the Bottlemen, Melanie Martinez, and Cage the Elephant all played fabulous sets, full of energy and showmanship.
Why You Need an ACL VIP Pass
There wasn’t a must-see band for me; honestly, I went because I had a Top Trip Rentals VIP pass.
I LOVE the VIP area of ACL. If you have the money, it is so worth it (a VIP pass is about $450 per day versus $100 per day). Just beyond the VIP gatekeepers lies the promised land–air conditioned flush toilets; free drinks from Tito’s Vodka and Troublemaker Wines; free food from local vendors, like Ranch 616, and catered meals from Central Market. It’s called the “Grove,” and the area’s shady and relatively quiet. There are even big-screen TVs showing the stages and others set up for football.
It’s an oasis for sure in a sea of people and heat.
ACL Venue is the Big Star
There are moments of pure transcendence at ACL.
Ironically, I ended up spending as much time watching the crowds and clouds as I did the bands.
Don’t get me wrong–the music is great. But Austin has a lot of great music happening at all hours in all places all across town most of the time.
What makes ACL such a great experience music is the setting. Austin’s Zilker Park, nestled on the edge of Lady Bird Lake, provides a great view across the water of Austin’s ever changing skyline.
It’s really a gorgeous site to experience live music.
ACL 2016 is coming up fast. And that means it’s time to pick your favorite bands.
When equally interesting bands are playing at the same time at opposite ends of Zilker Park (the ACL venue), it’s hard to pick who to hear. And it’s impossible to run between stages during performances to see two acts at once (well, it can be done but not easily).
The only way to manage your band picks is through a careful review of the ACL website lineup page including bios and videos. Then, download the app and set up your schedule.
Top Trip Rentals Recommends
Who are we psyched about seeing at ACL? Here are a few of our staff recommendations.
Sandra’s Top 5:
Mumford & Sons
Rebecca’s Top 5:
Band of Horses
Rene’s Top 5:
Nathaniel Rateliff and the Nightsweats
Quaker City Night Hawks
Corrine Bailey Rae
Cara’s Top 5:
As you can see, our crew at Top Trip Rentals is looking forward to a real mix of bands and styles. We guarantee that, no matter your taste, you won’t find a bad band at ACL.
Not much of a planner? Not sure what you like? Wandering the park and staying at a stage that sounds interesting could yield a great new find.
The kind ACL folks have put together a great guide. With the festival now in its 15th year, they know a thing or two about having a great time. The ACL guide includes FAQ for getting the most out of the festival. Read this to learn details such as how to get from downtown Austin to Zilker Park, what items can and cannot be taken, and additional programs to music during the event.