#ACLfest the Best Fest!

This is post 6 of 6 in the ACL 2011 series

The ending of Austin City Limits 2011 was bittersweet. By day three I didn’t know if I could take much more, I was sunburned, fatigued, and my body was beyond sore, but the thought of not being able to spend all day outside lounging in the grass, listening to music was a sad one. The experience was so much more than I could have ever imagined and sitting here typing this makes me want to buy my tickets for ACL 2012!

The best performance of the weekend for me would have to be Kayne West, with Stevie Wonder coming in at a close second. Kayne was such an incredible performer, I was a little skeptical at first, but all my skepticism was thrown out the door the moment he hit the stage. He is an extremely talented performer and knows how to get the crowd energized. Stevie was quite unbelievable as well. He really knows how to make you feel like you are a part of the show and of course makes you want to dance!

Besides all of the great performers- the food, people (ACL Mike of course!) and atmosphere are what makes ACL such an unbelievable experience.  Getting to spend three days eating, spending time outside with 65,000 of your closest friends and enjoying what Austin has to offer is an experience in itself.

Breanne -Oh ACL, why do you have to leave me after only three days? Each year the weekend flies by way too quickly and I’m left trying to relive what I can through headphones while at work during the weeks after.

This year’s ACL festival provided the same amazing and substantial goods to us that it has for the last 10 years: abundant food, music, and people-watching. I got to grab my two top ACL food items, the famous Chicken Cone from The Mighty Cone as well as a giant glass of fresh squeezed lemonade from Fresh Squeezed Best Lemonade (they’re squeezing it for you right there!). 130 bands played on 8 stages – so much amazing music amassed in one place. My personal lineup had been set for weeks, if not months, and I was glad to finally see it come to fruition. The bands I wanted to see were as great as I hoped, and the ones I wasn’t planning on seeing were a nice surprise. I’d say my favorite act for the weekend was a tie between Stevie Wonder and Coldplay, and my favorite sleeper act that I wasn’t expecting to love was Sara Bareilles (she seems like a real charmer!). We also saw tons of interesting people – a hula-hooping peacock girl, a multitude of folks with crazy hats, giant signs with giant faces on them, and for some reason, lots of gold lamé tights, shorts, and body suits. Yeah, that part was a little weird.

We tried to catch as many shows as we could and were inevitably pooped by the end of each day, and for sure by the end of the weekend. My legs are tired, I’m sunburned, still kinda sleepy, and my throat is sore – my body is in a total post-ACL funk. But you know what? It was totally worth it and I’m already excited to do it all again next year! Also, I’ll have to remember to bring my Enercell batteries that Radio Shack sent me – those kept my electronics going all weekend and I wouldn’t have been able to tweet and take photos as much as I did. Seriously. I won’t be forgetting them for my future festival ventures – they’re lifesavers.

That’s about it for our time at Austin City Limits 2011. We had such a wonderful time getting to check out everything that ACL has to offer and report it back to you!

Be sure to follow@RadioShackLIVE  for our next special event! See you next year, ACL! Now, where do you think we should go next?

This is post 6 of 6 in the ACL 2011 series

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