How To Have The Best ACL Experience

How To Have The Best ACL Experience

Get ready for the best weekend of the year.

Weekend one of ACL is nearly here. Break out the flower crowns, Converse and high-waisted shorts, because you know everyone will be wearing them, and get ready to dance, sing at the top of your lungs, and push your way through the crowds to get closer to the stage.

As you prepare for one of the best weekends of your life, check out these tips to make your ACL experience the best one yet.

1. Getting there.

Expect traffic. Lots of traffic. Though it will be difficult getting to and from ACL, it will be worth it! Although Uber and Lyft have now left Austin, try using the new companies such as RideAustin or Fasten, though the price to ride may be expensive. You can also take the shuttle from Republic Square Park directly to the festival. Or if you have some very sweet friends or family members, get someone to pick up you up and drop you off nearby.

2. Stay hydrated.

It's still hot outside and is even hotter when you're crammed like a sardine in a crowd at a show. Don't forget to drink water! Bring an empty water bottle to the festival and re-fill as many times as you want at the water re-fill stations. You can also invest in a CamelBak backpack to be hands free at shows and have easy access.

3. Wear sunscreen.

And keep re-applying throughout the day! Bring a small bottle with you to the festival and apply generously to avoid being uncomfortable and even hotter the whole weekend. Chances are you'll be trying to wear the coolest clothes you have, which means you'll have a lot of skin exposed to the sun.

4. Pick a meeting spot.

With so many people at the festival, this means little to no cell service or WiFi. If you're planning to meet up with people at the festival or are with a group and split up, pick a place to meet up. Avoid trying to send text messages and making calls that won't go through and pick a time and place to meet up beforehand.

5. Arrive early.

Getting there early is typically a good way to avoid the big crowd before everyone arrives later in the day. It's also a good way to get to the front of a stage or show before it gets too crowded. If you're super dedicated, get there right when the gates open, run to the front of the stage of your headliner of choice and camp out there all day long. You can also opt to see the performer playing before whoever you want to see at that stage and then push your way closer to the front after they finish and people start to leave.

May your ACL experience be your most memorable yet and go see your favorite performer from the front row! There is nothing like it.

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This is it early 2000's babies, a compilation finally made for you. This list is loaded with things that will make you swoon with nostalgia.

1. Not being accepted by the late 90's kids.


Contrary to what one may think, late 90's and early 00's kids had the same childhood, but whenever a 00's kid says they remember something on an "only 90's kids will understand" post they are ridiculed.

2. Fortune tellers.


Every day in elementary school you would whip one of these bad boys out of your desk, and proceed to tell all of your classmates what lifestyle they were going to live and who they were going to marry.


You could never read this book past 8 o'clock at night out of fear that your beloved pet rabbit would come after you.

4. Silly bands.

You vividly remember begging your parents to buy you $10 worth of cheap rubber bands that vaguely resembles the shape of an everyday object.

5. Parachutes.

The joy and excitement that washed over you whenever you saw the gym teacher pull out the huge rainbow parachute. The adrenaline that pumped through your veins whenever your gym teacher tells you the pull the chute under you and sit to make a huge "fort".

6. Putty Erasers

You always bought one whenever there was a school store.

7. iPod shuffle.

The smallest, least technological iPpd apple has made, made you the coolest kid at the bus stop.

8. "Education Connection"

You knew EVERY wood to the "Education Connection" commercials. Every. Single.Word.

9. " The Naked Brothers Band"

The "Naked Brothers Band" had a short run on Nickelodeon and wrote some absolute bangers including, "Crazy Car' and "I Don't Wanna Go To School"

10. Dance Dance Revolution

This one video game caused so many sibling, friend, and parent rivalries. This is also where you learned all of your super sick dance moves.

11. Tamagotchi

Going to school with fear of your Tamagotchi dying while you were away was your biggest worry.

12. Gym Scooters

You, or somebody you know most likely broke or jammed their finger on one of these bad boys, but it was worth it.

13. Scholastic book fairs

Begging your parents for money to buy a new book, and then actually spending it on pens, pencils, erasers, and posters.


Who knew that putting yogurt in a plastic tube made it taste so much better?

15. Slap Bracelets

Your school probably banned these for being "too dangerous".

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