Austin preparing for biggest ACL Festival yet


by TINA SHIVELY / KVUE News and Photojournalist KENNETH NULL

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Posted on October 3, 2013 at 9:39 AM

Updated Thursday, Oct 3 at 1:51 PM

AUSTIN -- It's time again for the annual Austin City Limits Music Festival. This year's party is set to take over Zilker Park for not just one but two weekends.

Organizers say they started planning for the biggest ACL Fest ever the day after last year's party ended. Crews say it works like a well-oiled machine through every step, from booking acts to sorting out the schedule of music and cleaning up the park.

That kind of preparation is necessary, organizers say, to make sure the 75,000 people who attend the festival each day enjoy themselves and keep coming back.

Security is also a necessary part of the plan. The event's marketing manager says officers with Austin police, Parks and Recreation police and private security companies will be on hand to keep people safe, but she also asks people to watch out for each other.

"It's everybody's job to keep everybody safe. We do absolutely everything we can, safety is the first priority. But you're also working with a social contract of 75,000 people in the park. So we really reach out to people and say 'Please stay safe. If you see something, say something. There's always security staff, medics on site if you need help. And just be aware," Marketing Manager Lindsay Hoffman said.

These visual preparations have been going on for two weeks. Everything from signs warning drivers of road closures to crews setting up stages. Everyone works quickly to get the job done.

Hoffman says other than the fact that this year's festival is six days instead of three, nothing much has changed. Music fans should expect the same experience they had at last year's successful event.

Tickets are also selling out. A check of the festival's website shows that three of the four regular ticket packages are gone.

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