ACL 2007 Day 1 Recap


Austinist and the Statesman have got many more feet on the ground and they don’t have kids, so go there for the full coverage. Here’s my bullet point take:

  • We brought coozies for the cans this year only to find that they’d done away with cans and switched to cups. Why? I can’t think that they’re better from an environmental sense. It’s aluminum versus plastic. Did they get a better deal on kegs? It was much easier to carry the cans around. Maybe they’re trying to cut down on beer consumption? Anyone?
  • Gotan Project seems to be the consensus winner of Friday.
  • Queens of the Stone Age were good.
  • LCD Soundsystem isn’t my bag generally, but they were good.
  • We liked checking out Reverend Horton Heat, but they were drowned out by Kaiser Chiefs and what was up with the cover medley? Play your own stuff.
  • Bjork was a good closer. I’d never seen her before. Very orchestral.
  • It was damn crowded yesterday. We arrived at 3:30 to a mob trying to enter. That’s the first time that I’ve waited to get in to the festival.
  • They should bring back the patrolling festival staff to kick people off the beach who don’t have kids. It was a welcome respite for families in past years and there were a lot of jerks stealing chairs without asking.

2 Comments so far

  1. M1EK (unregistered) on September 17th, 2007 @ 9:33 am

    Weren’t they supposed to be gathering up used plastic cups and selling them to people as souvenirs? IF they could convince people to do this, it’d be better than cans, but that’s kind of a big if.

  2. ttrentham (unregistered) on September 17th, 2007 @ 9:41 am

    They were doing that, M1EK. As you exited the park, there was a booth and they were handing out bagged stacks of them. I didn’t realize what was going on with that until you made the comment.

    That’s all good except for two things.

    1) The souvenir cups were only for the larger size $7 beers, not the $4 size, which were just clear Heineken branded cups. I’m guessing many more of the smaller ones were sold from my own experience over the course of the weekend.

    2) I did buy a couple of the souvenir cups, but didn’t recycle them because, as I mentioned, I didn’t realize until now that there was an organized program to do so.

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