ACL wraps up day one with The Black Keys


by MORGAN CHESKY / KVUE News and photojournalist MATT OLSEN

Posted on October 12, 2012 at 10:55 PM

Updated Saturday, Oct 13 at 12:14 AM

AUSTIN -- Every ACL is special and this ACL perhaps a bit more so.

While the music festival has changed over the years, this will be the last time all the magic and music is packed into just one weekend.

After eleven years in the making, day one of ACL 2012 kicked off not holding anything back.

"This one is probably the best one I've been to," said one fan

"I bought my tickets in March and I've been like super pumped for forever," said another.

For Ryan McShaery, only the weather kept the event from perfection.

"We were hoping for a little bit of rain this weekend but it can't all be perfect," McShaery said.

October heat kept drink lines long from the free water to the pricier refreshments.

As for feeding the festival masses, it's a study in teamwork.

The Salt Lick BBQ will sell just as much beef from their ACL tent as their entire restaurant.

"We're talking about thousands and thousands of pounds, it's pretty amazing," said Jay Knepp.

Despite the thousands of fans, APD officers didn't encounter anything out of the ACL ordinary.

"This is a great crowd. This is the kind of concert you want to come to, the kind of people you want to be around for a concert," Mike Stephens said.

And when you got 70,000 packing the park, it can be tough to stand out in a crowd. The secret to that issue is to fly the right flag up top.

For Marc Irvine, the flag flies for a deeper purpose.

"That's why we have the flag. Everything represents something different for us. It's pretty special, these are some of our friends that passed away in a car accident. So we kind of carry along them with us here at the festival," Irvine said.

Before the sunset on a packed day one, fans were already looking forward to what's to come.

"Red Hot Chili Peppers are one of my all time favorite bands so I'm looking forward to seeing them," said an ACL attendee.

Just two more days of non stop music to go.


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