The Austin City Council just voted unanimously to allow C3 Presents to expand the Austin City Limits Music Festival at Zilker Park to two weekends next year. The resolution states that City Manager Marc Ott is encouraged “to negotiate and execute an agreement with C3 Presents to include an additional weekend event for the Austin City Limits Music Festival,” beginning next year. The resolution had included language that would allow for adding additional event days at Auditorium Shores but council members decided to take that part out – likely owing to controversy over whether a Formula One-related concert would be allowed at Auditorium Shores the weekend of a major Junior League of Austin fundraiser. Council member Kathie Tovo expressed concern the impact a second ACL weekend would have on the SFC Farmers’ Market downtown at Republic Square Park, where festival shuttle buses operate over the concert. The city manager was encouraged to work with impacted stakeholders like the farmers’ market when negotiating with C3.
This might seal the deal for DDR to head back to ACL in 2013. We went in 2010 and amazing is an understatement. We saw Muse in all their Glory, one of LCD Soundsystem’s final festival performances, an up and coming Grace Potter (at Noon with no one there) and heard “Hotel California” from the cab as we drove to Stubb’s for Ribs. I fucking hate the Eagles man. Here’s to us getting back there next year. Check out Muse’s “Knights of Cydonia” from 2010. The crowd explodes at 6:00 in the video..another reason why festivals are amazing.