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ACL Fest: The long muddy road to Lana del Rey

Staff Writer
Austin 360

Once again Iggy Azalea drew a massive crowd for her 5:30 set, but as the crooned about how she was going to “Change Your Life” thousands of teen girls and their slightly older and male counterparts streamed across the field heading toward Lana del Rey’s 6:30 set on the Samsung Galaxy stage.

Unfortunately, to access the east end of the field festgoers had to walk through the swampiest section of Zilker Park. While the mud wasn’t the same ankle deep mess it was in 2009 it still was the kind of soppy mud that splattered legs and swallowed the shoes of those who dared to cross with inadequate footwear. “I can’t see my toes,” one young woman who had abandoned her shoes somewhere along the way exclaimed halfway through.

Thousands made the trek and a crowd that was fairly accessible fifteen minutes before del Rey’s set became quite thick. Ironically enough, as the gloomiest pop star in America began her set, patches of blue sky were visible between the crowds for the first time all day.