October 25, 2017

Backstage Pass: Austin City Limits Music Festival Survival Guide

You guys— I have been itching to go to a music festival for years. The live music, the outfits and the seventies vibes are totally my jam. Day-drinking, singing ’90s throwbacks and being home by 10pm is my idea of a good time. And, obviously, food trucks with some of Austin’s best queso is right up my alley. So naturally, Austin City Limits, in the live music capitol of the world, seemed like the perfect option for my first ever music fest.

Of course, considering the timing, it felt all kinds of wrong to be eager about going to said event after the devastating massacre at the Route 91 festival in Las Vegas only two weeks prior. And if I’m being completely honest, I was more paranoid and anxious about attending Austin City Limits than I was excited. Can you blame me? My heart still aches for every single person that was involved in that man-made tragedy.

Spoiler alert: I put on my big-girl (velvet) pants and sucked it up.

So, fast-forward to Saturday, October 14, ACL weekend 2, and here we are.

Austin City Limits was everything I had hoped it would be, and more. We decided on only going on Saturday, because we really only wanted to watch the Red Hot Chili Peppers perform. And, let me tell ya, seeing RHCP play was such a dream and worth every penny.

I think going the full three days would have been really aggressive, and narrowing it down to one or two days makes a huge difference. Your wallet will thank you.

Music aside, the ACL eats were to-die-for. There were more than 30 of some of Austin’s yummiest food vendors, and it was nice to be able to taste a little bit of everything. I got the Burro Cheese Kitchen Burning Mac— a mac & cheese stuffed grilled cheese sandy (aka: heaven)— and Torchy’s queso (because, duh), and they did not disappoint. My mouth is watering just thinking about it.

The festival allows you to bring in two water bottles per person, and I highly recommend doing so. It was very hot, and water is of the essence. They had a few hydration fill-up stations around the venue, but the lines were longer than the lines for booze (surprisingly), so bringing your own agua is a real time-saver.

The food was great, the music was fantastic, but the people watching was the best. I live for festival fashion, and being able to see all of the different styles was so fun. Some outfits were total boho-goals, and others were out of this world, but all were one-of-a-kind. The diversity was real.

I wore brand new, straight out of the box booties, and really regretted it. Luckily we had packed a few blankets to sit on, but walking 6 miles in the Austin heat really makes you wish you wore some comfortable sneakers.

Overall, Austin City Limits rocked (literally), and it was worth all the miles, sweat and blisters.

Until next time, ACL.

xx, jordan

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