The biggest change to the grounds at the Austin City Limits Music Festival this year is a new area using space south of Barton Springs Road for festgoers for the first time. Not only has it improved foot-traffic in the main area of the park, it’s also become an excellent additional location for music, food and other amenities.
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Our video above gives a short tour of the area, starting at the festival’s new primary merch store. It’s spacious, air-conditioned(!), and positioned near the Barton Springs East entrance/exit, making it easy to swing by and pick up a shirt or CD on the way out of the fest.
Adjacent to the merch store is an artists store where more creative and craft-oriented items can be purchased. around the corner from that is a row of food booths featuring satellite locations of a handful of vendors who also have booths in the main ACL Eats area on the north end of the park, including Chi’Lantro, Tino’s Greek Cafe and Amy’s Ice Creams.
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The primary attraction is the Barton Springs Stage, which has the advantage of less noise bleed than other stages because of its separation from the center of the park. We caught a little of Mondo Cozmo as we surveyed the grounds. Solange played a well-received set there Friday night; others coming up there include local psych-rockers the Black Angels later this afternoon and acclaimed band Whitney on Sunday.