2013 – The Year in Music Festivals

Music festivals have only gotten bigger year after year. And why not? They’re some of the best values a seasoned concert-goer could ask for. For a few hundred bucks (or less), the gateway to multiple stages of bands, entertainment, and thousands of fellow fans is open. The 2013 festival circuit features the likes of Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Paul McCartney, Mumford & Sons, Phoenix and more. Check all the 2013 festivals have to offer, and get your tickets today.

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Tips from TicketCity: ACL

Since TicketCity is based in Austin, home of the Austin City Limits Music Festival, it’s fair to say that we have a lot of ACL experts on staff. So instead of featuring tips from just one of us, we will be posting several different tips throughout the next seven days as we count down to ACL.

While this year marks the tenth anniversary of ACL Fest, it is my personal sixth anniversary of attending the festival. It has been six glorious years full of great music, delicious food, and unforgettable memories.

Part of the fam at ACL Fest.

When my family and I decided to first attend the festival in 2005, I was a sophomore at LSU and had only visited Austin once before. Since that year’s lineup included Coldplay, Tom Petty, Ben Harper, Ray Lamontagne, and Kings of Leon, among others, there was something for everyone, so my whole family decided to attend. We all enjoyed it so much that we have made it an annual family tradition and are still doing it six years later. And I took my love even one step further than the rest of the fam by packing up and moving to Austin just as soon as I could.

In a sense, ACL is the perfect family vacation. No worrying about finding universally appealing activities, as every family member is sure to find something pleasing right there on the grounds of Zilker. Also, the fact that there is a set date each year means that there is no letting a year’s reunion slip through our fingers–we know the next year’s family reunion date approximately a year ahead of time, thanks to the miraculous logistical planning of the folks over at C3 presents.

But, my dad’s favorite thing about it, using a line from his favorite movie, Coupe de Ville, is that “We all got together.” So here I am to share what it is, exactly, that we must do, when we all get together, six years strong.

Get ready for some two steppin' at The Broken Spoke,

1: A night out at The Broken Spoke

My dad is a true country music connoisseur. Since my siblings and I were raised listening to albums of Willie, Waylon, and the boys, it only makes sense that The Broken Spoke is at the top of our Austin to-do list.

According to its web site, The Broken Spoke is the “Last of the True Texas Dance Halls,” and also the best chicken fried steak in Texas.

It features live music five nights a week, and dance lessons Wednesday through Saturday. Check out the calendar here to see which band is playing each night.

Go with an empty belly, and don’t forget your dancing boots!

2: Brunch at East Side Cafe

Ten years before I made the move to Austin, my sister lived in this amazing city, and while she did she earned a living by working at East Side Cafe. During our first tour of ACL, she suggested we brunch at this quaint restaurant, and the food was so life-changing we vowed to return each year.

As its name might let on, Eastside Cafe is located in a warm, old house with wood floors in Austin’s vibrant Eastside neighborhood. Many of the herbs and vegetables in its dishes are grown right outside the door in the restaurant’s own garden. The menu has something to please even the pickiest of eaters, including my own father, who finds even the very thought of soysauge, vegetarianism, or salad appalling. Check out the menu here.

Quick tips: Reservations are accepted for brunch, and are suggested. Also, if you’re looking for a souvenir, visit East Side Cafe’s gift shop, which is located just across the courtyard from the restaurant.

The always refreshing Barton Springs.

3: A quick dip in Barton Springs

While Texas is known for many things, our moderate climate ain’t one of ‘em. In fact, ACL Fest in September can downright blazing. Fear not, ACL goers, for there is a quick, affordable solution located right in Zilker Park. Allow me to introduce you to one of my favorite spots in Austin: Barton Springs.

For those that have purchased three-day passes to ACL (It’s not too late-get yours here), exiting and reentering the fest is permitted. This allows one to walk out the festival gates, cross Barton Springs Road to get to the other side of Zilker Park, and experience Mother Nature’s air conditioning. Barton Springs is fed by natural springs and maintains an average temperature of 68 degrees F. For a mere $3, you’ll gain entry to the pool side, or by walking a few extra yards, you can visit the creek side free of charge. Either way, you’re sure to enjoy this nice reprieve from the heat of the Texas sun in between festival acts. For more information on pricing and hours, click here.

While these are just a few highlights of the items on my family’s annual to-do list, they are some of our favorites. No matter which acts you see, foods you taste, or nightlife you experience, you can be sure that when you’re reliving your ACL memories at the festival’s end, you’ll at least be able to say one thing: “We all got together.”

The Week in TicketCity Search – May 20th

TicketCity Week in Search

1 - ACL Fest
2 2 Justin Bieber
3 1 Adele
4 4 Taylor Swift
5 - Texas Baseball
6 7 WWE
7 - Kylie Minogue
8 4 Selena Gomez
9 5 Jason Aldean
10 - Katy Perry

Merely a formality, the lineup arrived this week, and that put the ACL Festival at the top of the list. Headliners include Arcade Fire, Stevie Wonder, Coldplay, and Kanye West. A suitably eclectic mix for a festival known for that very attribute. Even the esteemed Mr. Bieber can’t win on an ACL lineup week, so no shame in holding onto the #2 spot for him. Adele lost the #1 spot for ACL, and tumbled a bit further to the third spot this week. She’s followed by Taylor Swift, who remains pretty solid at #4.

New to the list this week is the Longhorn Baseball team, who, this weekend, will be playing a couple hot games against rival Texas A&M over at Disch-Falk Field. Act fast to get into today’s game, or act in a slightly more leisurely fashion to get tickets to Saturday’s game.

The WWE climbs a spot this week, making room for Australia’s pop queen Kylie Minogue to return to the countdown. Kylie leads off the concert performers that flesh out the rest of the list this week. Selena Gomez falls from #4 to #8 this week, followed by Jason Aldean, who fell right along with Miss Gomez, ending up in the #9 spot. Finally, Katy Perry, whose pop experience points are somewhere between Selena and Kylie, returns to the countdown at #10.

The Week in TicketCity Search – October 8th

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Mr. deadmau5, I presume.

As I write this, it’s less than fifteen minutes before Two Tons of Steel are scheduled to kick off ACL Fest. In the week leading up to this weekend’s musical festivities, ACL became even hotter, blowing the proverbial doors off the top 10 and easily ending up on top. Second place goes to official ACL post show performer deadmau5. For those unfamiliar with even the barest hint of “leetspeak”, the “5″ is an “s” and it’s pronounced “dead mouse”. Not only is this deadmau5′ first appearance on the countdown, it’s the first appearance of anyone prone to wearing a large mouse head on stage.

ACL headliners The Eagles slip into the #3 spot, giving the entire top 3 over to ACL. I’ll just insert the obligatory “Phish is also at ACL” sentence in here, since they managed to remain exactly where they were last week at #6. ACL did put a bit of a dampener on Lady Gaga, but it places her in prime position to recapture the top spot next week.

Random college football team slips in, as the Yellow Jackets enter the countdown for what I believe is their first time to round out the top 5. Numbers 6 and 7 remain unchanged from last week, while all the ACL action has pushed Drake down from 5 to 8. At the very tail end, the esteemed Mr. Bieber clings tenaciously to the countdown, flipping positions with Shakira from last week.

1 2 ACL Festival
2 - deadmau5
3 - Eagles
4 3 Lady Gaga
5 - Georgia Tech Football
6 6 Phish
7 7 WWE
8 5 Drake
9 10 Justin Bieber
10 9 Shakira

The Week in TicketCity Search – October 1st

Combining all the various terms people used to find this weekend’s Texas-OU game, there really was no contest, despite the fact that ACL did put up a pretty impressive set of numbers too. The numbers are even higher than they were last year. Thought perhaps the recent UCLA game would dampen enthusiasm a bit, but it appears this game is immune that sort of effect. This will be two big weekends in a row, Texas-OU followed by ACL.

Gaga held on #3, while Daniel Tosh, who had made a brief appearance on the list a few weeks back in the bottom 5, returns at #4. The Tosh.0 star is one of the few comedians who have cracked the top 10, making this week all the more notable as another, Chelsea Handler, appears as well. Her show is down in nearby San Antonio tonight.

Drake climbs a bit to #8, and while I should just count Phish search as part of ACL at this point, I don’t and continue to let them hang around. Still pointedly avoiding a large amount of jokes based on their appearance on The Simpsons back in 2002. So, they’re on October 8th, Phish fans, don’t space on the date.

1 4 Texas Football
2 1 ACL Festival
3 3 Lady Gaga
4 - Daniel Tosh
5 8 Drake
6 - Phish
7 - WWE
8 - Chelsea Handler
9 - Shakira
10 9 Justin Bieber