Tuesday, April 12, 2005

ACL Fest Tix On Sale Friday

Tickets for the 2005 Austin City Limits Music Festival go on sale this Friday. This year's fest will be held September 23-25 in Zilker Park. Pushing ACL deeper into September decreases the chance of unbearable heat, while selling 10,000 fewer tickets per day should allieviate the crowd suffocation factor. Organizers have also promised improved sound, which is welcome news in lieu of the horrendous sound that plagued the Pixies and Elvis Costello last year. Three-day tickets will sell for $85.

Although the full line-up hasn't been announced yet, Pollstar shows Dave Alvin & the Guilty Men, Robert Earl Keen and the Ditty Bops are booked for Friday, September 23. Low, Dierks Bentley, and Bettye LeVette are booked on Saturday, September 24. Austin's own Real Heroes are also playing.

As unwieldy as festival shows are by nature, I think ACL is run pretty well. The concessions are reasonable, the presence of children keeps a lid on drunken buffoonery, and you can always leave to take a quick dip in Barton Springs or Deep Eddy if it gets too hot.

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