|(Photo by Charles Reagan/ACL Festival/C3 Presents)|
On October 12, 2019, I left Zilker Park. I had a great day there, I got to see Denzel Curry, Brittany Howard, Billie Eilish, Childish Gambino's last show ever, and possibly The Cure's last show ever too. I, unfortunately, was only able to go that day but I still made the most of it, I still had a blast with the group of friends I got to meet up with there, and I was very much looking forward to 2020's festival...but, ummm, do I really need to say it? So of course, 2020's festival didn't happen, at least not in person. However, around the end of April, things started looking up. Lollapalooza started making some rumblings that their fest was going to happen, tours were getting booked, more shows were being announced, and it really seemed like after a year off, ACL was going to get to happen again.
Due to inclement weather overnight and impacts to Zilker Park, gates for the first day of ACL Fest will open at 3pm today. We look forward to seeing you this afternoon. Stay tuned for performance schedule updates. pic.twitter.com/Wju3pZsSCv— ACL Festival (@aclfestival) October 1, 2021
This is how my Friday started and to be honest, I'm super happy that it did start this way. I had flown back home to then drive up with my mom and it felt nice to not be as rushed to have to make it to the gates at 11. There was one major issue though and that was that 3 PM is when something starts that the festival likes to call a "peak time" which means that's the time when the majority of people attending the fest like to show up to the park. So as you can imagine, opening the gates at one of these times was pretty chaotic. My mom and I decided to shuttle in the first day of the fest and that was a major mistake. We got in line at around 2:30 to ride in and didn't get on a bus until around 4. Once we got off the bus, the line to get your bag checked and wristband scanned was even more chaotic. It was just a sea of people with no real lines and everyone just sort of pushing forward until you got to a security guard.
|Not really ideal.|
However, once I was in the park, it was smooth sailing. It wasn't too crowded inside the park which made acquiring a spot for the last two sets of the day extremely easy. The first show I got to see back in Zilker Park was the mighty Black Pumas.
|Charley Crockett performing on the VRBO Stage at ACL Fest 2021 (Photo by Jackie Lee Young/ACL Fest/C3 Presents)|