Tips for ACL 2012

Make the best of your fest-time with these simple tips.

Tips for ACL 2012

ACL is just around the corner and it’s time to prepare for a 3-Day music commitment. Make the best of your festival experience with these helpful tips…

1. Number one thing to remember? Go with the flow. Weather fluctuations, large crowds, and long lines sometimes make people grumpy. Remember that these are minor details; don't let them bring you down! Try to embrace these factors and immerse yourself in the experience. If you are the kind of festival-goer who prefers to plan your festival experience in more detail, check out ACL's personal festival guide. It includes a social function that you can use to compare your picks to those of your Facebook friends.

2. Get there early. A lot of people miss out on some amazing bands because they partied too hard to make it to the morning shows. Trust us, we understand that, but choose one day to wake up before noon and head to the fest. You'll be rewarded with minimal crowds, more accessible food and drink vendors, and awesome music.

3. Drink some water, for goodness sake. It might sound lame, but it'll keep you going longer and won't take away from your festival buzz.

4. Austin is becoming a food destination, and ACL has recruited some of the best restaurants to prove it. Try the Pork Belly Bahn Mi from Second Bar + Kitchen or a hot and crunchy avocado from The Mighty Cone, then finish off your meal with a homemade ice cream sandwich from Coolhaus. When you're taking a break from the music, ACL is a great opportunity to sample Austin's food scene without reservations.

5. Take advantage of the free shuttle. Parking sucks, and if you’re not a bike rider, it's a big pain to get to Zilker. The lovely people at Capital Metro have set up a shuttle running from Republic Square Park (5th and Guadalupe) straight to the entrance of the festival. It doesn’t get much more convenient than that. Plus, you'll end up right back downtown at the end of the night to catch all the after shows! Check out Cap Metro here.

Which brings me to this last piece of advice...

6. Check out an after-show. ACL is amazing, but it can be pretty impersonal. See which bands are playing at your favorite music venues that provide much more intimate settings. The bands love having the crowd to themselves, so they usually pull out some cool tricks and deeper tracks not featured in a shortened festival set.

Happy festing!

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