By: Mo Paynter
One of the most anticipated events for Austin, TX has arrived. What’s that you ask? Are you living under a rock?! It’s the Austin City Limits Music Festival (ACL). Whether it be your first time attending or you just need a refresher course, FullNote Records has a guide of tips and tricks to survive ACL.
First, and arguably the most important: BREAKFAST TACOS!
Everyone knows the best way to start any day is to fill that belly and get that blood flowing with a good ol’ breakfast taco. Not to mention, they hold a miraculous medicinal hangover cure...my opinion of course. Some of our favorite hometown breakfast taco hot spots include:
Next up! Check out that weather forecast and grab that poncho ahead of time if a shower is possible! Umbrellas are not allowed within the gates of ACL so be ready to hop from stage to stage with your poncho clad self if you so desire. And always, always bring that sunscreen! No aerosol though. The gatekeepers will surely confiscate that.
A hot topic going from ear to ear this year is the new ACL bag policy. There are lovers of it, there are haters of it, either way you must obey it. Straight from the ACL website the bag policy states:
Speaking of Ears...Ear Plugs! This is a music festival folks. It can get noisy and I’m sure the last thing anyone wants to do is start losing that hearing sooner than you have to. Granted I will be an 80 year old asking, “What did you say?!” all of the time, but I hope to keep these sound machines in full hearing health as long as possible. Austin being the music capital of the world, you can find affordable ear plugs at most corner stores, pharmacies, grocery stores, bars etc.
Stay Hydrated! It’s hot, there are lots of people, and you may be drinking alcohol all day but please remember to drink that water! ACL allows you to bring empty Camelbaks and empty water bottles into the festival gates and they provide filtered water station tents throughout the festival. Although the lines look long, they tend to move pretty quickly so you’ll be right back frolicking around before you know it
Create an emergency contact! Of course we don’t want anything bad to happen but hey, you never know and the quicker authorities can get ahold of an emergency contact the better. Have this information in your wallet, as a screenshot on your phone home/lock screen or hey, write it on your arm if you feel compelled! Also, register that wristband and add your emergency contact to it when you do. You may not think this is important but it proves to be every year.
Ok, so I know I mentioned breakfast tacos as the most important tip but we all actually know what it is: PLAN A SOBER RIDE IF YOU ARE GOING TO BE DRINKING! Yes, I’m screaming at you.
Luckily Austin has plenty of access these days to a safe and sober ride to your next destination. Yeah the wait times might be longer and the prices higher but it’s worth it and you know that deep in your sole because it’s been drilled into your head since your 3rd grade “This is your brain on drugs” days.
If you need a little help, here are some options:
Now that we’ve given you all the pro tips on how to survive ACL, stay tuned later in the week for our weekend show suggestions. Not going to ACL? No worries, there is plenty of music all around town to catch! Cheers and happy Festying.