Austin City Limits Fest

Austin City Limits
1:45 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

Video: KUT Live at the Four Seasons

The Swedish siblings that comprise First Aid Kit played KUT's Live at the Four Seasons this morning.
KUT Austin

If you couldn’t tell already from the hum in the streets, the 2012 Austin City Limits Music Festival is here.

KUT kicked things off at the Four Seasons this morning, hosting a concert featuring four ACL performers: Austin rockers Quiet Company, the Swedish folk sisters of First Aid Kit, Tuscan vocalist Jovanotti and Afrobeat ensemble Antibalas.

Naturally, KUT was on hand to document the performances. Here's two videos from this morning.

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Transportation
1:23 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

Austin Police Give Thumbs Down to Texting While Driving

Not only is texting while driving dangerous, it may cost you $500. Police encourage drivers to wear thumb bands like this one as a reminder not to text.

With woolly traffic expected this weekend, city officials are reminding Austin drivers that texting while driving is banned under city law.

Texting while driving is a class C misdemeanor, which means offenders could face up to a $500 fine. And smart phone users should know that all "electronic messaging" is banned. That means no email, no Facebook, no ACL Festival iPhone app, and especially no Words With Friends behind the wheel.

Police Chief Art Acevedo asked drivers to be especially aware of pedestrians around Zilker Park this weekend, which, of course, is hosting the Austin City Limits Music Festival this weekend. Acevedo says crashes are likely to happen when texters look up from their phones and overcorrect.

To remind drivers not to text, Acevedo sported an orange thumb band, and encouraged others to do the same. 

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Austin City Limits
4:30 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

Need ACL Info on Bands, Food and Aftershows? We've Got You Covered

Another ACL festival is dawning - and we've got you covered.
flickr.com/kevharb

The 2012 Austin City Limits Festival is less than 24 hours away.

Thousands of ACL attendees are probably compiling lists of bands to see, foods to eat, and places to go. But it's going to be a challenge: There's over 100 different acts performing at the festival, close to 40 different vendors serving all types of food and drink, and tons of events and parties going on all over downtown Austin.

While we can’t put your list together for you, maybe we can help you get started.

Here's some picks compiled by KUT's Austin Music Matters team: 

From Susan Castle, KUT Music Host:

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Austin
1:06 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

You Can't Smoke at ACL (Even Though the Burn Ban's Lifted)

Attendees gather in Zilker Park for the 2011 ACL Music Festival- when a smoking ban was loosely enforced.
KUT News

The Austin Parks and Recreation Department has lifted the burn ban for all city parks. Department Director Sara Hensley cites recent rainfall and improving drought conditions for the change.

No more burn ban means grilling is now allowed in designated areas. Campfires are only allowed at Emma Long Metropolitan Park.

The city reminds everyone that fires should never be left unattended and should be fully extinguished when not in use. The city says a source of water should also be kept nearby.

Naturally, you won't be able to grill or build a campfire at Zilker Park during the Austin City Limits Music Festival. But more importantly, you also won't be able to smoke there.

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Austin
5:34 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

Double Your Pleasure: Mayor Makes Two-Weekend ACL Official

Bob Landers talks about ACL's economic benefits on the Mayor's Balcony of City Hall
Tyler Pratt, KUT News

We heard it in August, when City Council unanimously voted to let city council negotiate an ACL two weekender with C3. Then we hear it on Monday, when ACL announced it had created a two-weekend ACL Festival. Well, in case there was a shadow of a doubt that it wouldn't happen, Mayor Lee Leffingwell announced today that ACL was indeed getting expanded.

Leffingwell doted on ACL for bringing in "a hundred thousand visitors with over a hundred million dollars in economic impact to our city every year," and creating over 1,400 jobs.  

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AM Update: 8/21/12
9:07 am
Tue August 21, 2012

AM Update: The Impact of Events on Parks, Smart Meter Opt-Out?, Clemens to Play Ball

April's Austin Food & Wine Fest was "dusty" after wear and tear from events left the grass looking barren.
Filipa Rodrigues for KUT News

What's the Impact of All Those Events at Zilker & Auditorium Shores?

The Austin City Council is scheduled to discuss today a resolution that would direct the City Manager to study the impact of events at Zilker Park and Auditorium Shores.

Last week, council members approved expanding the Austin City Limits Music Festival to two weekends next year. The festival organizer, C3 Presents, promised to pay not only fees for the use of Zilker but also an unspecified sum of money to upgrade Auditorium Shores.

C3 Presents also organizes the Austin Food and Wine Festival at Auditorium Shores. Attendees at this year’s event complained the festival was “dusty” after grass was worn down to dirt from a previous event at the park.

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Austin
11:28 am
Thu August 16, 2012

ACL Festival Expanding to Two Weekends

ACL Fest in 2012.
Sean Murphy for KUT News

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.

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City Council
10:39 am
Fri August 3, 2012

Council Passes Short Term Rental Regulations, Punts on Concert Approvals

Protesters calling for a ban on types of short term rentals rallies outside City Hall yesterday.
Wells Dunbar, KUT News

Austin City Council members voted 5-2 last night to pass a plan that regulates short term rental properties.

The plan puts no limit on the number of short term rentals that are owner-occupied. But council members put a cap on the percentage of homes per census tract that can be used primarily as short term rentals. All short term rental homeowners will have to register with the city and pay hotel tax.

Council members Laura Morrison and Kathie Tovo, who had been pushing for an outright ban on rentals that aren’t the renters' primary residence, voted against the regulations.

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Arts and Culture
4:20 pm
Thu July 26, 2012

Will ACL Go To Two Weekends Next Year?

Festival organizers C3 are in talks with the city over doubling festival dates next year.
flickr.com/kevharb

The release of the 2012 Austin City Limits Music Festival’s schedule grid wasn’t the only big Austin City Limits news today: Music festival producers are in talks with Austin officials to extend the popular three-day event by an extra weekend starting next year.

C3 Presents, the company that produces ACL Fest and other big events nationwide, would also donate some of the increased revenue it would gain each year, in addition to the amounts they already give, to help improve Austin parks.

“We’ve been discussing working with Auditorium Shores for almost two years,” Austin Parks and Recreation Director Sara Hensley tells KUT News. “It’s dusty, it’s truly muddy, there’s no grass there. For me, it’s just an opportunity to take a park area that’s just heavily used and make it a lot better and a lot more vibrant for the community and visitors.”

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Arts and Culture
5:58 am
Tue May 22, 2012

Red Hot Chili Peppers Lead 2012 ACL Line-Up

We now know who will take the stage for ACL 2012.
Photo by Paul Woodruff for KUT News

Red Hot Chili Peppers lead the line-up of artists and bands performing at this year’s Austin City Limits Music Festival. The official list was released this morning.

Neil Young and Crazy Horse, The Black Keys, Jack White, and Florence + The Machine are the other headliners.

The festival is October 12-14 this year.

The Complete Line-Up:

  • Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • Neil Young and Crazy Horse
  • The Black Keys
  • Jack White
  • Florence + The Machine
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Arts and Culture
4:16 pm
Mon May 21, 2012

Who's Headlining? ACL Lotto Has Fans Scratching Tickets (and Their Heads)

ACL headliners will be announced tomorrow, but that hasn't stopped fans from speculating.
Photo by KUT Austin; lotto image courtesy aclfestival.com; graphic by Filipa Rodrigues for KUT News

The 2012 lineup for the Austin City Limits Music Festival will be announced tomorrow. But, thanks to festival promoters and some silver-fingered Austinites, we’ve gotten a few previews of the lineup.

Over the weekend, festival fans started buying lotto-style scratch tickets for a chance to win passes and more. The tickets also revealed the names of attending bands. Each of the following bands were featured on the tickets, confirming their appearances at ACL this October (barring any cancelations, of course):

  • Quiet Company, Punch Brothers, Steve Earle, Bon Iver, Alabama Shakes, Freelance Whales, Kimbra, Barrington Levy, Jack White, Black Keys, Andrew Bird, Esperanza Spalding, A-Trak, Zola Jesus (via diffuser.fm)
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Arts and Culture
10:22 am
Mon April 23, 2012

Check Out Photos of Willie Nelson and His New Statue

The bronze likeness of Nelson is presented to the public.
Photo by Jeff Heimsath for KUT News.

Austin got its long-awaited glimpse at the new Willie Nelson statue on Friday.

The April 20th unveiling of the statue was captured by photographer Jeff Heimsath for KUT News. On hand for the commemoration of the eight-foot tall, one-ton statue was the Red-Headed Stranger himself, who treated the audience to a song.

Austin
8:58 am
Wed February 15, 2012

Top Morning Stories 2/15/12: Execution Drug Shortage, Redistricting Drama, Texas/OU Battles ACL

Texas' Huntsville Prison, home to the United State's most active execution chamber.
Photo courtesy Mark Britain, flickr.com/8427230@N04

Texas Prisons Hard Up for Execution Drugs?

Texas state prisons are running low on a key execution drug, according to a report released Tuesday. According to the Austin American-Statesman, state prison officials say there is enough of the drug to continue with six executions that are scheduled over the next four months.

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Arts and Culture
10:41 am
Mon February 13, 2012

Is it Justin Vernon? Bon Iver? Or Bonny Bear? Grammy Confusion Reigns on Twitter

Bon Iver songwriter Justin Vernon at a performance last year.
Photo courtesy flickr.com/starbright31

It’s safe to say a music-loving town like Austin’s familiar with Bon Iver, the folk-tinged indie band fronted by Justin Vernon. But that might not be the case for the public at large.

Bon Iver has made numerous stops in Austin: at South by Southwest, the Austin City Limits Music Festival, and most recently, a performance at the Long Center. (KUT is a fan as well.)

Nationally, Vernon’s stature has grown since appearing on Kanye West’s platinum-selling “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy”, and Bon Iver’s self-titled 2011 album was named album of the year by numerous critics, including music-review site Pitchfork.

But for many, Vernon’s Grammy win for “Best New Artist” last night was the first many had heard of him. And moments after his acceptance speech, the confusion took to Twitter, with hilarious results.

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Austin
7:30 am
Mon September 19, 2011

Top Morning Stories September 19, 2011

Iron & Wine on stage during the Austin City Limits Music Festival 2011.
Photo by Sean Murphy

Bastrop County Complex Fire Update

Bastrop county officials say the Bastrop County Complex fire was 95 percent contained as of Sunday. Officials released The Bastrop County Complex Fire Factsheet on the county's Office of Emergency Management Facebook page.

Austin City Limits Festival 2011

Yesterday rounded out  the last day of the ACL festival. If you were not part of the 75,000 people there each day, KUT's Texas Music Matters has reviews of the headlining acts. Here is just a handful:

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austin city limits
3:34 pm
Thu September 15, 2011

ACL Smoking Ban May Be Loosely Enforced

ACL concert goers in 2010
Photo by Sean Murphy

The city really, really doesn’t want you to smoke if you plan to attend the Austin City Limits music festival. Austin Parks and Recreation director Sara Hensley even said “please” during a news conference this morning. But there will be no parks rangers at the festival, and ACL organizers’ private security guards may not be actively hunting down those who do light up.

“We’re not going after the smokers,” Austin Parks and Recreation spokesman Victor Ovalle clarified on the telephone this afternoon. “We’re asking them to please help comply with the smoking and the fire ban in the park.”

“We’re really not trying to ruin anyone’s experience,” he said.

Because the smoking ban in parks is not a city ordinance, people can’t be fined for lighting up. But they can be asked to leave the park. If the smoker refuses, he or she could be issued a criminal trespass notice and be banned from city parks for a year.  

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austin city limits
2:11 pm
Mon September 12, 2011

No Smoking at ACL Fest This Year

Watch out for cigarettes in those crowds. City officials are banning smoking during ACL fest this year.
Photo by karlnorling http://www.flickr.com/photos/karlnorling/

ACL festival goers who like to enjoy live music with some drinks and cigarettes will have to leave their smokes at home this weekend. Smoking is banned in all city parks because of the drought, and that includes Zilker Park during Austin City Limits.

“There’s a high propensity for fire if there’s any kind of spark out there,” City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) spokesman Victor Ovalle told KUT News. “It’s critical that we continue this ban of smoking and the use of grills in our parks.”

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music
1:33 pm
Tue July 26, 2011

ACL After Shows Announced

Deer Tick play an ACL aftershow at Emo's in 2009
Photo by Leah Miller http://www.flickr.com/photos/leahmiller/

You want to take in some of the artists in town for Austin City Limits Music Festival but don’t want to sweat it out in Zilker Park?  The ACL after shows let you watch musicians perform from the comfort of a downtown night club without the inflated drink prices.

Here’s the list of official after shows, released this morning by ACL.

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Arts and Culture
4:20 pm
Wed June 22, 2011

ACL's Summer Tapings To Include Arcade Fire, Randy Newman

Austin City Limits announced today that is has scheduled six tapings over August and September at the Moody Theater on Second St. In a post on its blog, ACL released these dates:

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music
2:22 pm
Tue May 17, 2011

Austin City Limits Music Festival Announces Line-up

The crowd at Austin City Limits Music Festival in 2008
Photo by Whittlz http://www.flickr.com/photos/whittlz/

Austin City Limits released the bands that will be performing at the tenth edition of the outdoor festival, which will come in September this year rather than October.

Updated at 2:57 pm: Friday and Saturday one-day tickets are already sold out after going on sale at 10 am today. Three day passes sold out earlier this month.

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