ACL Festival Planners Go On With The Show

Austin City Limits Festival organizers had a tough “damned-if-we-do, damned-if-we-don’t” call to make today on going through with the festival. On one hand, if they cancelled the festival due to the approach of Hurricane Rita, months of planning, booking and work would be lost. With the nature of artists schedules, there would be no way that they could reschedule such a diverse line-up in a small amount of time. On the other side of the coin, they’ve upset a few out-of-state people who feel that they could have cancelled the event for the sake of those who won’t be able to fly into Houston tomorrow or cancelled it to free up area hotels for Houston hurricane evacuees. Kelso quips that maybe it was the Starbucks connection. But with the hurricane seeming to take a turn out of Austin’s path, I think they made the best choice they could have made with the cards they were dealt. We have yet to see whether this will have an affect on future festivals or ticket sales, but for those of us who felt the festival was getting a little too hot and crowded last year, maybe this year will grant us a brief respite from the throngs who surrounded us last year and made for an unpleasant experience. I’m sure in the end that ACL organizers will do the right thing, whether that means cancelling Saturday if Rita changes her mind again or refunding tickets. And the rest of us who attend may have a little more breathing room (however wet it may be) this weekend.

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