So this weekend is the Austin City Limits music festival. My husband and I have three day passes, so we'll be there for all of it this year. Last year we went for one day and discovered we were ridiculously unprepared. For those of you going for the first time, I suggest at the very least that you bring collapsable camping chairs, a hat and sunglasses and plenty of cash for food and beverage action. I highly emphasize the collapsable chair bit. Finding good places to sit on the dirt was a little challenging... also when you are sitting on the ground its easy for oblivious drunk folks to walk on you, which I also don't recommend as an experience.
Last year the festival was dusty. The summer was incredibly hot and Zilker park was a dry, vast, wasteland of Austin dirt, which of course got kicked up by the thousands of festival goers. It was so bad that folks were walking around with face masks on. I would recomnend that this year, except they actually put in a new lawn this year! So the festival goers can tear up the grass instead of kick up dust. (heh). This year it looks like its going to be much cooler, in the 80's as opposed to almost 100 degrees.
Check out the ACL website, its very good. It has a plethora of concert logistic information as well as pages for each band that is playing including a music player streaming their music. http://2009.aclfestival.com/
The ACL promoters sent an itunes certificate for a free 16 song ACL sampler. I thought this was a great idea and I did download the songs. There are alot of great tunes there, but I was a little dissappointed that it only represented 16 of the 126 bands playing. However, I am enjoying the music that was included.
I'm a huge electronic music fan so I'm excited about seeing Theivery Corporation and Bass Nectar. We'll definitely be catching The Toadies and The Dead Weather, but aside from that we haven't built a schedule. The ACL website has a tool that allows you to do just that, so I'm guessing we'll be playing with that tonight.