A guide to ACL 2018 —
September 27, 2020

A guide to ACL 2018

By Patricia Sandoval

See artist Janelle Monae at this year's ACL 2018

It’s that time of year again when dozens of music lovers flood Zilker Park for the Austin City Limit’s Music Festival – ACL 2018. But before storming the grassy grounds of Zilker Park, there are some things those attending need to be prepared for. Here’s a guide to navigating the largest music festival in town.

What to bring

The first thing to pack in a standard-sized backpack is two sealed bottles of water, which can helpfully be refilled at stations throughout the festival (for a green option, bring empty thermos). Collapsible chairs, towels and blankets are welcome. As for camera policies, bring smartphones and regular cameras (basic point and shoot consumer-grade cameras) without detachable lenses and other accessories (monopods, selfie sticks, tripods, GoPro mounts, and other attachments are not allowed). GoPro cameras also allowed without accessories. No professional electronics are allowed.

Transportation to and from ACL Music Festival

Ride with Uber and get to the festival with your whole crew. From shared rides (like UberPool) to a bigger vehicle to fit everyone (such as UberXL), there’s a ride for any occasion. Get to the festival stress-free with pickup and drop-off around the park.

When you’re ready to go to the festival, type “Austin City Limits Music Festival” or “Zilker Park” into your app as your destination. This will update your drop-off point to the nearest drop-off point around the festival. After the festival, head east on Barton Springs Road away from Zilker Park. The farther you walk from traffic and road closures, the easier it will be for your driver to reach you. You will still use your app to request a ride as normal.

Inside of Zilker Park

Downloading the ACL Music Festival app is highly encouraged. Although the app does drain phone batteries quickly, it’ll be a great tool in case of an emergency. Be aware, however, that no matter who your provider is your data is going to be nonexistent while at the venue. So, make sure to gather all the information you need before you make it to the park. Bring a backup battery to re-charge your phone.

The lineup

Headliners include Paul McCartney, Metallica, Travis Scott and a few other great acts you can’t miss. Other notable artists for the old-school fans include David Byrne and the Breeders. For the youngsters, hit makers include Khalid, Bazzi, Shawn Mendes, Camila Cabello and Elle King.

Although losing Childish Gambino to the lineup, the representation for the hip-hop and rap community at the festival will be on the hands of Lil Wayne, Smino, Kydd Jones and an Austin native Nelly.

Some familiar festival names will be playing, including Arctic Monkeys, the National, Father John Misty, and St. Vincent (having made an album together, maybe we’ll see Annie Clark and Byrne do a song or two together).

While female headliners continue to be under-represented this year, there does appear to be a noticeable amount of women acts, including Janelle Monáe, Tinashe, Lily Allen, Brandi Carlisle, and Sharon Van Etten.

This year, C3 presents has done a great job by bringing several notable artists representing the Latino community. Fest goers will be singing and dancing along to Residente, Mon Laferte, Flor de Toloache and Superfónicos.

 And of course, it wouldn’t be ACL Fest without local music representation. Leading the pack is Shakey Graves, followed by Sweet Spirit, Jackie Venson, and Molly Burch.

For more details on badges and other ACL 2018 information, lineup and FAQs, visit aclfestival.com.

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