I moved to Austin about 1.5 years ago and one of the many awesome things this city has to offer is Austin City Limits Music Festival. The tickets were a little pricey for me, but when I heard the Red Hot Chili Peppers were headlining I couldn’t get my debit card out fast enough.

3 days, 8 stages and over 130 bands

Having heard so much positive build up about something it can be kind of a let down when said thing isn’t insanely awesome…well ACL was insanely AWESOME!

ACL Festival Wristband

ACL Festival 3-Day Wristband

I enjoyed it on a variety of levels. The first was the efficiency of the festival itself. Your wristband was your ticket. They accomplished this by embedding NFC chips. This scored some major street cred with me (if you don’t know I am super geeky). Also, security at the festival was perfect, especially entering and exiting. You felt safe and didn’t mind opening your backpack when entering, but you didn’t feel like there was a high likelihood of some sort of anal insertion or forced strip tease (TSA please take notes).

My final favorite thing about the festival besides the music was the Camelbak stations. These were huge water stations situated all over Zilker Park to fill up your Camelbak or water bottle for free. I can’t understate how awesome it was to go to a festival and not be financially raped for some H20. Hat tip: Camelbak and ACL.

Ok onto the music! My favorite show was the Red Hot Chili Peppers, but Florence and the Machine put on an sensational show. The Black Keys (who I love) left me wanting more and The Shins were spectacular. My only gripe with ACL is that to see the big acts you have to literally camp out a few hours before the set causing you to miss other awesome shows. Yes, I realize I am bitching about too many awesome bands in one place 😉

ACL was so much to experience…not so much to shoot. I brought my camera and a huge appetite to score some ‘festival’ photos (whatever the fuck those are), well that didn’t happen. It turns out music festivals are relatively difficult to shoot. I had a tough time going on any photo walks or generating any photographical inspiration.

Nevertheless, I had a blast at ACL snapping pictures and jamming out. I guess now that I have an ACL under my belt the only thing left to do is buy a gun and some cowboy boots 🙂 Check out the shots above and let me know what you think in the comments section.

Have you been to ACL? Have any interesting ACL experiences? What was your favorite show at the 2012 ACL? Leave some love in the comments.