By Matthew Girard
Zilker Park was full of people dancing, enjoying the sun, hanging out with friends, moving from stage to stage and even people posing in a giant picture frame this weekend as the 12th Annual Austin City Limits Festival got underway during the first of two scheduled weekends for the festival.
This year’s festival was expanded to two weekends after the Austin City Council voted to approve the expansion in 2012.
According to C3 Presents, the company that organizes the annual festival, the expansion was motivated by the increasing demand for tickets year after year, especially with the festival selling out in less than an hour in recent years.
During the first weekend, more than 225,000 festival goers enjoyed everything from the best food Austin has to offer to the sounds of some of the hottest music acts around.
Along with live music from such acts as Muse, The Cure, Kings of Leon and Lionel Richie, the festival also featured an art market, a farmer’s market and numerous booths allowing festival goers the opportunity to support many different charities and organizations.
After the successful launch of the official ACL mobile app, this year’s festival experience was even more enhanced with the new 2013 app.
This year’s app, which works for both weekends, featured a fully customizable schedule, an interactive map and local food vendors with their menu items. This year’s festival also featured “Check In Stations” for those that registered their wristbands for a chance to be entered into special giveaways and upgrades.
Fans were also able to connect through social media through the official ACL Facebook page, Twitter and Instagram.
People who might have missed their favorite acts or can’t get enough of their favorite acts will get the chance to see them again this weekend as many of the 150 bands will be back in Austin this weekend for round two of the three-day festival.
Depeche Mode and Muse will highlight Friday night’s show, while The Cure and Kings of Leon will headline Saturday night, and Lionel Richie will close out the festival on Sunday night.
Three-day passes and single day passes are still available for the second weekend of the festival and are available by visiting www.aclfestival.com.