Austin City Limits tickets, line up and Festival hints

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AUSTIN, April 22, 2014 — Tickets for the Austin City Limits two-weekend music festival, October 3-5 and October 10-12 go on sale today at 10am.

Concert goers have several ticket options, although the three-day early bird $200 tickets are now sold out. Regular three-day passes are available for $325 for weekend one and $225 for weekend two. VIP passes and Platinum passes are also still available.  To purchase tickets, go to the official site, where they also have travel packages available.  

As always, Austin City Limits is set to deliver a plentiful selection of music acts.  Among the highlighted acts are Eminem, Pearl Jam, Outkast, Skrillex, Beck, Calvin Harris, Lana Del Rey, Foster The People, The Replacements, Zedd, Major Lazer,  Jimmy Cliff, and Icona Pop to name just a few. See the complete line up here.

Long-time ACL attendees offer the following tips for festival-goers:

Where to Stay: Remember, ACL does not allow camping on the grounds, unlike many other festivals. Many hotels in the area are booked up to a year in advance, so make reservations now. There are a few hostels in Austin, but they also can be extremely crowded and are always interesting. You can camp around Austin, but the camp sites are not close to the ACL Festival.

Transportation to the Festival from Downtown: Take advantage of the free shuttle. ACL runs a shuttle from Republic Square in the downtown area to the Park. It’s an easy way to get to and from the Festival, but keep in mind that the last shuttle leaves the Park at 11pm. The Festival discourages using cars, and parking is difficult. Taxis are available, but the taxi areas are extremely crowded. Walking is not recommended, as the downtown area (and most hotels) are more than two miles away. Biking is also a great alternative, and there are several bike rental places in Austin.  Call ahead to reserve your bike.

Clothing: Definitely check the weather before the Festival. One year, the temperature was close to 100 degrees the first day, dipping down below 50 at night. Comfortable shoes are a necessity, as is a backpack, sunscreen, bug spray and sunglasses.

Other Tips: Eat before you go to the Festival, drink a lot of water, and watch the alcohol intake to avoid heat stroke (and bad decisions.)  It can get extremely hot during the day, so unless your favorite band is playing at 1:00, try to go the Festival toward evening.


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