Common thought falsely reports that, by this time of year, festival season has faded with the heat of the summer, so if you live for a world-class, outdoor festival with nothing but Mother Earth providing the acoustics, you'd better migrate south. As in, an-entirely-different-hemisphere-south, or, too-south-for-you-to-go-with-a-full-time-job-type-south. And then, rising like a mirage over the horizon, the 2012 Austin City Limits Music Festival appears on the deserted landscape like a heaven-sent oasis to quench your festival thirst.
Just when you've finally sprayed the caked mud and grass off of your Birkenstocks, and that farmer’s tan is beginning to blend in somewhat respectably, 46-acres of music bliss are calling your name, and they couldn’t be shouting any louder. “Hey, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Neil Young and Crazy Horse, The Black Keys, and Jack White, all in one city, live on stage!” they yell. And with that statement alone, the threshold of stimulation for any respectable audiophile is nearing capacity. But that's only the beginning. Ladies and gentlemen, the Austin City Limits Music Festival has arrived, and it’s taking no prisoners.
Scheduled to take place in Austin, Texas' Zilker Park from October 12 – 14, the stage couldn’t be set any better. Picture yourself basking for three, heavenly days on the crown jewel of Austin’s public green spaces, dining in marvelous local eateries so good they’ll make you want to smack your grandma and immersing yourself in the capital city's incredible culture. Over 130 artists are set to wail out the music you’ll look back on as the soundtrack to your life when you're criticizing your grandchildren for having such poor, poor taste.
All of the heavy hitters are set to flex their muscles, but you better believe that the rest of the lineup is swinging for the fences as well. Any time a festival can put names like Florence + The Machine, Iggy & The Stooges, The Roots, The Shins, Weezer, M83, AVICII, Andrew Bird, Gary Clark Jr., and Metric in the smaller print, you can rest assured that you’re in for something special. Then, toss in artists like BASSNECTAR, Tegan and Sara, Thievery Corporation, Crystal Castles, Big K.R.I.T., Los Campesinos!, and over 100 other excellent bands, and you can rest assured that you'll have a solid array of fresh tunes recieving heavy rotation on your subsequent iPod playlists.
In essence, the Austin City Limits Music Festival accomplishes exactly what you hope every festival would: They stack the lineup so full of vibrant musicians that other festivals appear gray and depleted in comparison, and they encompass it all inside one of the most beautiful parks in the nation, which is encompassed within one of the most culturally-vibrant cities in the country. The quality here is as densely-layered as the movie Inception, but this time around, the ending leaves you satisfied. This musical extravaganza is what other festivals want to be when they grow up, so purchase Austin City Limits Music Festival tickets now; one day, your grandchildren will look up to you for it.