You can’t leave the Austin City Limits Music Festival without snapping a picture, and one of the most popular places to do so is the ACL Fest frame, perched on the hill in Zilker Park that overlooks the Austin skyline and the American Express stage.
The line for the frame can stretch all the way down the hill sometimes, but Friday afternoon featured a short wait, which meant festgoers who hadn’t planned to take a picture hopped in line to memorialize Day One of the fest.
Emma Cooper, 29, from Atlanta, and Ina Grozeba, 26, from Greenville, South Carolina, were killing time before Børn's set.
“We’re just doing what everyone else is doing,” Cooper said. “We gotta capture the moment; it’s our first time here.”
Matt Slaghter, 30, and Lydia Parsons, 25, flew 10 hours from England to come to ACL Fest based on a family recommendation.
“We’re visiting family, and they come here every year.” Slaghter said.
The photo stop was for Parsons, who wanted the “memory photo” of their first ACL Fest.
“I’d never heard of (ACL Fest) until now,” Parsons said.
Bonnie Rosson and Nicky Rosson of Austin are returning to ACL Fest after a few years' break.
“I haven’t been to the last three, because something happened or they didn’t have a big name like Paul McCartney,” Bonnie said. “We used to come all the time.”
Bonnie said they try to take a picture at the frame every year, but Nicky needed some persuading this year: “He didn’t want to stand in line so long; he was ready to get something to drink, so I said, ‘We’re standing in line.’”
Experienced festgoer Shiu Mei Bassette, who has been to up to 12 fests by her count, took advantage of the shortest line she’s ever seen for the frame.
“I never get here and the line is this short," she said. "My friends are on their way in … so I waited for like 20 people to go by, but they’re (not here) so I’m gone.”
She said she’s still sad about Childish Gambino’s exit from the fest but is excited to see Janelle Monáe, Khalid and Travis Scott.
“It’s an amazing place to be and celebrate," she said. "The energy is phenomenal.”