Omni Views welcomes TravelUpdate.com blogger Barbara Delollis this week as she shares her 3 part series on why travelers choose Austin, TX for live music and food trucks. For information on accommodations, please explore our Omni Austin Hotels.
While Austin’s South by Southwest Festival grabs the most headlines with its growing number of celebrity attendees, true music fans cherish a different annual tradition: the Austin City Limits Music Festival. The year, the festival takes place on the two long weekends of Oct. 3-5 and Oct. 10-12.
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The fall festival, which locals call “ACL,” rose out of humble beginnings. In 1976, a folksy, inauspicious television show began airing on a local public TV station featuring the music of Texas. Western swing, Texas blues, Tejano music and rustic singer songwriters all played for the cameras and a small studio audience. That show was called Austin City Limits.
Soon, the homegrown show was being broadcast on PBS stations across the USA, spreading the word that Austin was the ‘live music capitol of the world.” Since then, musicians, the television industry and even the President of the United States have recognized the show as a pioneering performance program.
In 2002, the show’s influence in presenting the most compelling artists resulted in the creation of the ACL Music Festival, which has now grown into two-weekend, six-day music extravaganza.
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ACL has become so popular that festival goers regale each other with high-profile audience sightings of legends like Pearl Jam’s Eddie Veder. This year’s eclectic lineup includes Pearl Jam, indie darlings Chvrches, pop songstress Lana del Rey and electronic dance music DJ Zed.
Unlike the much-larger SXSW technology, film and music festival, ACL offers fewer bands but on the bright side, attendees don’t have to contend with significantly larger crowds that test the capacity of small, crowded clubs along Austin’s Sixth Street.
Instead, most of ACL’s performances are held a short distance from downtown. Traffic and parking issues are easy to avoid because shuttle buses are provided from various downtown locations.
Besides the above artists, this year’s festival will feature an eclectic stew of artists including Eminem, Lorde, Beck and the reunited indie legends, the Replacements.
To see ACL in style, the festival sells VIP passes that come with perks such as unlimited access to the VIP Grove backstage area plus a list of creature comforts such as complimentary catered food, mini-spa treatments, beverages including beer and wine, and air-conditioned restrooms. Other packages are also available, for one or both weekends.
|About Barbara Delollis
An accomplished newspaper journalist, Barbara Delollis has extensive experience in the travel industry (USA TODAY staff 2002-2013) covering topics like the opening of new hotels, pet peeves of consumers and business travelers, the impact of Millennials, and the growing influence of social media marketing. Now, Delollis is the founder of the Travel Update with Barb Delollis blog, which officially launched in May 2014. In July, Travel Update partnered with BoardingArea.com, the leading content platform for frequent travelers, to expand reach and improve content. As an expert storyteller, Delollis has a track record of creating engaging stories/photo galleries/videos for a sophisticated audience.