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A Quick Guide to ACL 2015 – What to See and When

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Brave the crowds for Drake
The locals are getting out of town with the fury of Mad Max. Hurricane Joaquin Phoenix will somehow dump a year’s worth of rain on Zilker, turning it into a muddy mess of biblical proportions. Bicycle riders without helmets will swerve through stalled traffic with reckless abandon. It’s the first weekend of the ACL music festival. Here’s your three-day primer: Friday It’s hard to be chill when you’re excited for the weekend, but trust me, there’s no need to set up shop at 11:00AM on Friday. You’ll have the whole weekend to get worn out. Go to work. Go to school. Drink enough water so that you won’t need any for the next 48 hours. Get your fanny packs and your sunscreen ready. Dry-clean your vintage NBA jerseys. Cut your jeans into jorts. Do whatever you need to do and know that you don’t need to get to the Honda stage until the Leon Bridges show at 4:00PM. But don’t miss that show. He’s a Ft. Worth guy with a Sam Cooke vibe. Next, fight the urge to get wild with Killer Mike and El-P, and run over to the Brand New show for the high-school-freshman-year nostalgia. Chill at Tame Impala until Gary Clark Jr. at 7pm. Let the local guitar hero shred your blues soul, and finish the night watching Dave Grohl and the Foo Fighters give you a hell of a show. You’ll end up enjoying it way more than you thought you would. Saturday Get an early brunch and drink away the hangover to get your pop fix with Milo Greene at 12:45PM. Swing over to San Fermin at 1:30PM before making your first difficult decision of the day: The weird psychedelics of Father John Misty, or 22-year-old rap wunderkind Vincent Staples. Personally, I’d go Staples, but either will do. Next, go local with Shakey Graves, but try to catch the end of Houndmouth’s set. Do not miss Sturgill Simpson for your country fix, and then get a quick BBQ break. Skip A$AP for Brittany Howard’s incredible voice and Alabama Shakes. Next, rock out with TV on the Radio, and then lose your minds for Drizzy Drake – the show of the festival. Sunday Sleep in until the 2:30PM Lord Huron show. If you’re an early riser, catch Waxahatchee at Noon, but after Huron check out Sylvan Esso. Next, do some clapping and stomping with The Decemberists. If you want to wade through teenagers don’t miss Chance the Rapper, but if you’re not into that, vibe out with Kurt Vile. Skip the car commercial soundtrack that is Of Monsters and Men and go with alt-J at 6:30PM. Throw a curveball and go Dwight Yoakam instead of that fella who wants to take you to church. Check out The Weeknd be sleazy before laying out the blanket and finishing off the first half of The Strokes. Bail early to try and beat the traffic, and hope that Monday isn’t a hard day in the office. CC Image courtesy karlnorling vai Flickr

Logan Theissen

Logan is a Content Marketing Associate at FreightPros in charge of social media and content creation. He has a writing degree from the University of Oklahoma, but lives life on the edge and resides in Longhorn country. He loves Murakami books, Tarantino movies, and Vonnegut books. Lots of books. One day he will own a dog, but first he'll have to get a yard.

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