Tips From TicketCity: ACL Part 2

ACL week is officially here! Since we’re based in Austin, home of the wonderful Austin City Limits Music Festival, the whole office is abuzz. For us, ACL is essentially like Christmas, and we can’t all wait to find out what will be wrapped up under the tree this year.

With all of the ACL veterans we have on staff, we thought it would only be fair to share some of our tips, hints, and must-see bands with you. Read on to find out more, and feel free to comment with some tips of your own.

Rafael Rivas


Rafael’s Advice:

  • Three day passes are the only ones with in and out privileges
  • Prepare for anything- it will probably be dusty and hot so bring sunglasses, a bandana, and water
  • There is very little shade, so wear a hat
  • Have pre-arranged meeting spots if you get separated cell phone service is terrible
Kelley’s Advice:

  • Bring your own toilet paper and hand cleaner
  • Plan a meeting spot since cell phones don’t work great
  • Bring cash
  • Freeze your water bottles the night before



Gene’s Advice: 

  • Check out Charles Bradley- Soul music is an important part of American
    History and it is good to see some old cats, like Bradley, doing it right and
    keeping the soul alive
  • Bring some sunscreen unless you want to look like Snookie from Jersey Shore
  • Avoid flip-flops-there are people everywhere and you want to protect your little piggys
Brandi’s Advice:

  • Try Amy’s Mexican Vanilla Ice Cream
  • Check out at least two bands that you’ve never heard of each day- they may end up being your favorite
  • If you promised your friends souvenirs, but don’t want to spend $20+ on a t-shirt for everyone, buy ACL coozies for the gang at about $3 a piece
  • Two words: NECKLACE COOZIE- I learned this one at Jazz Fest in New Orleans- you can hold a drink and clap all at the same time




Brian’s Advice:

  • ATM longs are SUPER LONG! Bring cash
  • Know where your favorite bands are going to be and look at
    the map ahead of time- this will save a lot of time
  • Don’t be opposed to new bands
  • Don’t be afraid to be independent and veer off from the
    group to see a band you want to see
Ashley’s Advice:

  • Eat at Uncle Billy’s before the fest- it’s right down the road from the ACL gates
  • If you can, buy VIP tickets- the bathrooms alone are worth it