Weekend Two of Austin City Limits Festival is underway, and there’s no shortage of people trying to get rid of their wristbands last-minute.
A search for “ACL” in the Austin Craigslist turns up more than 9,900 results (how many of those are legit, it’s hard to say) and ticket prices are dropping fast since the festival is well underway.
Well, one person really wants to sell their wristband, and they’ve taken a unique marketing approach.
This Craigslist ad for a “magic wristband” has been making the rounds on social media lately. We hate to break it to you – the wristband isn’t actually magic, but the wearer “may still have many good things happen to them,” the seller reassures.
The story woven in the post depicts the storyteller wandering through a wooded area (the Greenbelt, maybe?) when he ran into a dark, robed traveler. He reassured the traveler he was simply avoiding the foot traffic of “Mountain Pack Road, or MoPac as you locals call it.” He relayed his difficulty in selling his three-day wristband, so the hooded figure revealed his true identity: he’s a tiefling (yep, Dungeons & Dragons-style) and he cast a spell on the wristband “which will give the wearer boundless good luck.”
No promises on what kind of good luck you’ll receive, but the phrase “free drinks” was used, so…fingers crossed.
You still have to pay for the wristband (less than face value, though!) but the ACL/D&D fanfiction, thankfully, is free.
One question remains: How has nobody bought this yet?!
It’s that time of year. It’s “Supernatural” star sighting season.
Actors Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles, who play the Winchester brothers on the long-running CW show, are Austin fixtures. Last year at Austin City Limits Music Festival, one of our photographers snagged a shot of Padalecki, and fans posted selfies with both actors on social media. We haven’t caught up with either of them ourselves this weekend, but plenty of other folks have, according to Twitter and Instagram.
Brosnan has been filming a series for AMC in Central Texas this month. “The Son” is a “multi-generational epic tale of the story of America’s birth as a superpower through the bloody rise and fall of one Texas family,” according to Deadline. The series is based on local author Philipp Meyer’s 2013 novel of the same name and will air in 2017.
The day is young…maybe we’ll spot some more famous folks as the weekend goes on.
There’s nothing like one of the biggest music festivals in the country to get a sense of what humans are up to right now.
How we choose to dress ourselves for a massive outdoor event like the Austin City Limits Music Festival isn’t just a matter of logistics. Yes, we need to wear what will keep us from overheating while waiting 10 hours to see Drake, but ACL is also a fashion week of sorts, where everyday people from all over the country show up to Zilker to show off for the, oh, 75,000 other people they’ll run into while they are there.
So, what exactly were they showing off this year?
We were out in force all six days of the festival Instagramming what we call #Austin360festies, the most beautiful, most eye-catching, expressive and even crazy forms of fashion. What’s amazing is that the trends of this year feel like all the trends of the past 50 years smashed into one. We saw so much hippie, grunge, goth, posh and even patriotic wear, but here are some of our favorites.
Tyson’s Tacos posted their official “Ukulele Policy” on their Facebook page in August. It reads, in part, “I decided to give away FREE TACOS TO MUSICIANS. They just have to prove it by playing (and tuning) the ukulele you see behind the glass.”
There are a few other rules: the ukulele can only be used during normal business hours. The only thing you can get for playing the ukulele is tacos. You can play as many songs as you want, but one song gets you one taco.
You don’t need to possess the same musical skill Vance has, though. The policy also states that “Some people just make fools of themselves to such extent that the taco is paid out of pity.”
Austin City Limits Music Festival already allegedly had Serena Williams in attendance — probably to support her bae, Aubrey Graham, aka Drake — but she was not the only celebrity not performing this weekend.
And you thought finding that ticket was hard. If at all possible avoid the headache that trying to find a parking spot at ACL guarantees you. Instead consider hailing a rideshare, or taking a bus to an ACL shuttle stop. Look out for street closures, as they’re different than even last year.
Expect to see traditional ACL food-favorites like The Mighty Cone and P. Terry’s, but if you’re looking to try something a little newer check out Lamba’s Royal Indian Foods or Skull & Cakebones. You can check out the full list of vendors, here. No matter which you choose, don’t forget your cash!
The answer is very fashion. Make sure you check out today’s forecast before picking out that perfect fest outfit. Go ahead and take a peak at tomorrow’s and Sunday’s while you’re at it. Mild temperatures throughout the weekend with nights that dip as low as 61 degrees may warrant your ACL bag including a sweater — that you pull out at 2 p.m. when it’s 89 degrees and use to fan yourself with. Pretty sure you look pretty good? Partake in our #ACLHunt selfies competition and you could win a sweet “Tastes of Austin” swag bag stuffed with a selection of our favorite local treats.
Instead of recounting your favorite episode of Degrassi, review our imaginary (but emotional) interview with the rapper to get some ideas of just what you should say when your eyes finally meet… across that crowd of hundreds of people who got there before you.
Remember your ACL experience will be just as fun as you (and the sun’s glare) allow it to be!