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Five Fact Feature: ACL

Like the city itself, Austin City Limits Music Festival (ACL) continues to gain what seems to be infinite popularity, drawing locals and tourists alike. While most know it's an epic 2 weekend salute to music, a few quirky facts that are not so well known are are:

  • ACL Festival is based off of a PBS TV show, ACL Live. ACL Live still airs today!

  • Willie Nelson was the first artist featured on ACL Live in 1974!

  • ACL Festival began as the brainchild of 2 friends named Charlie (one of which owns Stubb’s!)

  • The same company that produces ACL Festival also produces Lollapalooza, C3. In fact, Lollapalooza was almost cancelled until C3 got ahold of it and changed the format to mimic that of ACL: a weekend-long, outdoor festival in a heart-of-the-city park.

  • Over a quarter of a million people will head to Zilker Park this weekend for the festival!

See you out there again this weekend!

http://acltv.com/history-of-acl/

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/07/arts/music/07lolla.html

https://www.axs.com/the-history-of-lollapalooza-50817

http://www.austin360.com/news/entertainment/music/council-approves-two-weekends-of-acl-fest-starti-1/nRNXk/

http://archive.tribeza.com/blog/three-perspectives-from-c3-presents