Music fans enjoy cooler temperatures at this year's ACL



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Posted on October 5, 2013 at 10:55 PM

Updated Saturday, Oct 5 at 11:00 PM

AUSTIN -- Festival goers enjoy music on eight stages from 130 bands all with a backdrop of the Austin skyline. They're also enjoying a cold front that made it's way in Saturday afternoon.

"It's in Zilker Park which is beautiful. We get the view of downtown which is amazing ," said ACL attendee Catherine Herring.

Herring says this festival stands out from the rest.

"You can see electronica, and then Lionel Richie, then hip hop, it's kind of alt and indie rock. It's kind of all over the place which is really cool," Herring added.

In addition to big names, fans enjoy food from local chefs, and art and merchandise from Austin vendors.

Something new this year is the Barton Springs beer hall.

"It's a 20,000 sq foot tented area with sports playing, yard games, great craft beers. It has become the best chill spot in between sets," said Festival Marketing Manager Lindsay Hoffman.

Hoffman says the now two-weekend festival is proving more popular than ever before each weekend expected to generate more than $100 million for the city.

"We started selling out in just under an hour without releasing any bands," Hoffman said.

Weekend 1 is sold out and Weekend 2 is getting close. And for those who've been to ACL before, the cool temperatures are hard to beat.

"I think everybody who has been out here when its 106 degrees is going to be really, really excited to have a cooler festival," Hoffman said.

"The weather is better today. Maybe even cooler tomorrow which will be great," said festival goer Brian Worthington.

"Everybody's really happy to be here and relaxed. It's got that Austin kind of feel," Herring said.

An estimated 75,000 people attended Saturday, they'll be back Sunday for day three with headliners Lionel Richie and Atoms for Peace.