Students road trip to Austin for music festival
Austin City Limits to offer uniqueness, live shows, new people
Published: Thursday, October 3, 2013
Updated: Thursday, October 3, 2013 23:10
The crowd sways, the sound reverberates through the air and the words hit the brain at a rate faster than any pair of headphones could deliver. Live music offers an experience unlike the predictability offered by recorded songs.
Austin City Limits, one of the biggest music festivals in the nation, will be held Friday through Sunday and Oct. 11-13. Thousands of fans will converge on Austin to see old favorites and new obsessions perform live.
Elizabeth Pawelek, senior agricultural communications and journalism major, said she is thrilled to be attending the festival after years of waiting.
“This is my first year,” Pawelek said. “I have literally wanted to go to ACL since, like, junior year of high school, and finally I’ve got a group that’s going. I’m so excited.”
As they take in all the sights, many attendees appreciate and enjoy the uniqueness of the city.
“I’m expecting a change of pace in Austin, where I can meet new people and hear all the music.” said Josh Dollgener, junior sociology major. “I think the difference is refreshing and getting those new experiences is really nice.”
The weekend is exciting for novices and veterans alike. Felipe Eastman, junior industrial engineering major, said the excitement of seeing his favorite bands perform live keep him coming back year after year.
From die-hard fans to casual listeners looking for new artists, Eastman said the performance experience has a way of bringing all listeners together.
“When you’re listening to the music, all the people gathered there together, you really get a unique feeling,” Eastman said.
With eight stages and more than 100 artists, Matthew Keller, senior industrial distribution major, said the size of the festival can be overwhelming.
“The atmosphere at an ACL concert is something that I could only describe as that of gameday here at A&M with the 12th Man at Kyle Field,” Keller said.
With an abundance of options, Pawelek said she and her friends were deliberate about planning their schedule for the weekend.
“I think it’s a big thing too, planning which bands the group wants to see because there are so many and they’re all in different locations,” Pawelek said. “We all made a list of what bands we had to see and then we made a schedule for each day.”
Even in a sea of concertgoers, Keller said the focus remains on the connection between the listener, the band and those around them.
“Music is all about emotion,” Keller said. “The connection that you feel to the band during a show, as well as everyone else in the audience, is something really special.”