ACL wraps up first of two weekends



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Posted on October 6, 2013 at 10:20 PM

Updated Monday, Oct 7 at 7:52 AM

AUSTIN -- The music played as the sun set over Zilker Park.

Named after the Austin City Limits concert series, 2002 was the inaugural year for the ACL Music Festival. Austin has grown, and so has the fest.

During the first year of the festival, it lasted two days. For the first time this year, it will last two weekends.

"Every year it seems to get bigger," says Justine Salisbury. This is her sixth year to go to ACL.

Now there are eight stages and all the local food you can eat.

"There is enough space here that if it feels too big you can go to the back or go to an open space," said Juliette McGee.

Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo says his department is ready to show the world again what Austin can do.

While people fly in from out of town, this is a big scene for Austinites. Some even go it alone like Courtney Knudsen.

"I came alone and I've made friends. So it's pretty neat," she said.

While there is drinking and partying, police say they haven't had many issues other than a pot arrest or two.

Knudsen expected more of a clash when trying to hear the bands.

"You could stand in the middle and you could get a little bit of both."

Friday night hosted Depeche Mode and Muse. Saturday was Kings of Leon and The Cure. Sunday night was Lionel Richie and Atoms for Peace.

The second weekend of ACL kicks off Friday, Oct. 11.