ACL avoidance, generally

If there’s anything more to be avoided than being out in the heat for extended periods when the weather’s like this, it’s paying to be out in the heat, paying large sums of money. And paying large sums of money to be out in the heat with tens of thousands of other people. This is the opinion of just one person, but when I make this confession in company, there are always others who are then bold enough to express the same sentiments.

SxSW events take place at a more, shall we say, “salubrious” time of year. During ACL and during SxSW, a full house is always expected. The out-of-town visitors are always lots of fun.

But don’t make me go to Zilker. I hate to wait in line. For anything.

2 Comments so far

  1. Sam Kelly (unregistered) on September 24th, 2005 @ 7:31 pm

    No doubt. I am soooo glad I am not at ACLfest this year. Too hot, too much money, too many people, and too many bands that I could give a flying eff about.

    Not that I don’t like live music, I went last year and saw two bands I love, the Pixies and Elvis Costello. Both sucked due to really bad sound. Like amazingly bad sound. I have seen some huge shows and had a good time at them, but if you are paying that much money and someone cannot fix whatever is up with the PA, something is screwed. Its not like modern festivals are run on the logistical constraints of the the 60s. There is really no excuse.

    Last night I went to see the Drive-by Truckers at La Zona Rosa. It was still way more packed than if it wasn’t during ACL and as much as I needed of the big rowdy concert vibe. I dont hate crowds or anything, but bigname megamall festivals draw megamall crowds and being in that crowd can be a sucky and depressing experience.

    .. just my two cents.


  2. M Sinclair Stevens (unregistered) on September 25th, 2005 @ 9:09 am

    I’ve never understood the appeal of sweltering under the Texas sun with thousands of other people tempting heat stroke and dehydration. I thought it was smart of them to move it a month later than Aquafest used to be. An outdoor concert in the fall is a great idea. Maybe they should try October next year.

    If I had ever gone to the ACL, I would have boycotted it this year after the Starbucks gaffe. I don’t really have to pay to go. I can hear it from my house…with the windows closed!



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