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Posted by wonk
Mar 2, 2013 20:05:47 GMT -5
Switch and I have been checking out hotels and rentals for a couple days now, and even dives on the outskirts of Austin are going for over $200 per night. Anything downtown was $300 per night minimum. Switch found a loophole site who apparently doesn't realize ACL is doing two weekends this year. I tried to book a single room Thursday through Monday on that site, and it was almost $1,200. We booked a triple room Friday through Monday for $500.

ACL deserves its own thread, because multiple boarders are attending. Make sure everyone posts or texts me several reminders when tickets go on sale. As mentioned previously, this festival usually sells out quick, and our hotel is paid for.

If anyone else wants to join us, the festival is $225 for three days. I flew round trip to Austin for less than that last fall. We'll have extra room for you to crash at our gigantic triple hotel downtown.
Posted by stamper
Mar 3, 2013 11:52:12 GMT -5
Nice. Where are you guys staying?

And yes, I'm going.
Posted by wonk
Mar 3, 2013 14:14:26 GMT -5
The Radisson downtown, perfect location. Although I'm going to call the hotel next week to make sure our reservation is legit. You know, if something is too good to be true, it probably is?
Posted by kdawgisjeff
Mar 3, 2013 14:48:19 GMT -5
I'm a newb here that hasn't posted much, but I've lurked for the past few years. I'll be moving back to Austin from Oregon this summer and will likely be going to ACL. I don't really know anyone on the board but I figured I'd chime in since a group of y'all are heading down. Would you recommend weekend 1 or 2 for buying tickets? I figure the park is going to be torn up by weekend 2, and don't see any upside for going that weekend instead of weekend 1, but I'm curious if there may be any upsides to it.
Posted by wonk
Mar 3, 2013 15:03:13 GMT -5
I don't see too many benefits to going weekend two except we apparently saved $400 on a room, and it should be easier to get tickets. One of our crew couldn't do weekend one. Good point about the park, hopefully it won't be too torn up.

I preferred weekend one at Coachella so I don't know what is going to happen. That 2pac hologram was all over the news. If I chose weekend two, that would have pissed me off knowing it would happen. I'm not afraid anything newsworthy is going to happen at ACL to ruin the surprise.
Posted by kdawgisjeff
Mar 3, 2013 16:14:35 GMT -5
Yeah it seems ACL will always be behind other festivals from that sort of aspect, so it's weird to think what they might do different or set themselves apart from other festivals now with extra money from adding an additional weekend. I don't think the additional weekend and money will actually change the festival much, the additional weekend is a money incentive, so I guess I'm just curious how much better the line up will be. That week in between must also have a few good smaller shows in town as well.
Posted by stamper
Mar 3, 2013 16:20:03 GMT -5
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The Radisson downtown, perfect location. Although I'm going to call the hotel next week to make sure our reservation is legit. You know, if something is too good to be true, it probably is?


Very cool. I'm only about a 15-minute walk from there.
Posted by kdawgisjeff
Mar 3, 2013 16:48:53 GMT -5
The website airbnb.com might offer some reasonable alternatives also.
Posted by Switch
Mar 4, 2013 13:52:24 GMT -5
I chose weekend 2 for a number of reasons. First, because Stamper is going on weekend two and I want to see him and give him a hard time. Second, because there is a Texas football game on the same weekend as weekend 2 and ACL already offered students the option to trade-in their weekend 2 passes in exchange for weekend 1 passes. I figure it will be slightly easier to get tickets for weekend 2 because of this. Third, because my hot wife is going to a veterinary conference the same weekend as weekend 1.

Normally I would have chosen to go to weekend 1.

Either way, this is going to be a blast. Triple hotel room with the Wonkster! Party time.
Posted by stamper
Mar 4, 2013 14:26:24 GMT -5
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I chose weekend 2 for a number of reasons. First, because Stamper is going on weekend two and I want to see him and give him a hard time.


bring it.
Posted by kdawgisjeff
Mar 4, 2013 16:30:25 GMT -5
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I chose weekend 2 for a number of reasons. First, because Stamper is going on weekend two and I want to see him and give him a hard time. Second, because there is a Texas football game on the same weekend as weekend 2 and ACL already offered students the option to trade-in their weekend 2 passes in exchange for weekend 1 passes. I Dr. Garbanzoure it will be slightly easier to get tickets for weekend 2 because of this.


That seems like the strongest case for weekend 2, just looked up the game that weekend and it's UT/OU, so lots of people will be out of town for that one. The crowds, especially the younger one (even though I'm a part of it), will probably be under-represented, and that's all the reason to go weekend 2, especially since I probably won't be able to buy a ticket until after they sell out. A torn up Zilker can't be too bad, though I didn't go the year of the rain and the crazy muddiness so I've only dealt with the dust.
Posted by wonk
Mar 5, 2013 14:05:57 GMT -5
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A torn up Zilker can't be too bad, though I didn't go the year of the rain and the crazy muddiness so I've only dealt with the dust.


Have you been since they installed the new grass in 2009? I thought that was to prevent dust?
Posted by j3ff8
Mar 5, 2013 14:50:16 GMT -5
I can't believe we live in a world where you can 'install' grass. Fuck.
Posted by stamper
Mar 5, 2013 16:02:12 GMT -5
Yup. It's true - and we've been doing it for centuries.

Farmers: how do they work?
Posted by kdawgisjeff
Mar 5, 2013 16:37:05 GMT -5


Yeah I went in 2011 and was pretty impressed with how the new grass fared. I only say that because I guess I'm still skeptical how the second weekend might affect it by the Saturday or Sunday. I don't really care either way, I'm going to be there despite the conditions, and if it is sloppy you can go home and rinse up.