by Peyton Wilson
Austin City Limits Music festival, or ACL, has become a huge event for many students here at St. Thomas. The festival takes place at Zilker Park located in the Austin metropolitan area. Zilker Park is a recreational area in the heart of south Austin that comprises over 350 acres of publicly owned land. It is named after its benefactor Andrew Jackson Zilker, who donated the land to the city in 1917.
The music festival was established in 2002, and has since headlined some of the biggest names in music, such as The Eagles, Pearl Jam, The Dave Matthews Band, The Foo Fighters, Robert Plant, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, Van Morrison, John Mayer, Willie Nelson, The Allman Brothers, The Black Crowes, R.E.M., and Coldplay. This year’s big names include Kanye West, Coldplay, Stevie Wonder, and Arcade Fire.
Along with the big name acts that annually attend ACL, the festival also holds unknown bands that have promising futures. With hit single “Pumped up Kicks” and the release of their debut album “Torches”, it is no surprised that Foster The People received an invitation to play at this year’s festival. The band’s relaxing melodies and meditation lyrics have a resulted in instant success for the new band, and are sure to put on a great show for the 70,000 people in attendance on Friday September 16.
For St. Thomas Students, the musical heaven serves as a safe retreat from the responsibilities and stress the new school year brings.
“It’s just nice to get away for a while,” said senior Hank Sudela. “I just love the groovy atmosphere and environment around ACL, and it always helps me forget about the start of the new school year.”
While some enjoy the full three days of music, others are forced to buy a couple single day passes due to other commitments. Due to the football season, many of the football players who plan to attend the festival are forced to spend a little extra change and buy two single day passes.
“I mean, I am just glad my parents are going to let me go,” said senior Jonathan Cohen. “Some people man, they think going for just two days is a waste man, but not me man, that place is sick, real t.”
Whether you spend 300 dollars for the three day wristband pass or just 165 for a single day pass on one of the three days, your bound to have a great time listening to great music at Austin City Limits.