Students prepare for Austin City Limits Music Festival

Johnny Millar, Staff Reporter

When most people hear the phrase “Austin City Limits” they assume someone’s talking about the boundaries of the city of Austin ­– not two weekends of back-to-back concerts from more than 130 musical acts.

On the weekends of Oct. 3-5 and Oct. 10-12, the 12th annual Austin City Limits Music Festival will be held in Austin’s Zilker Park, and a few of McKinney High’s own will be attending the festivities.

Sophomore Reed Waterman will be visiting the festival on the second weekend.

“While I’m there,” he said, “I’m gonna see Eminem, Lorde, Foster the People, Chvrches, a few no name bands, and Beck because he’s like at everything.”

Waterman also said how this isn’t his first festival.

“About three years ago, I went to Edgefest and I saw Blue October and I saw Rush and Puddle of Mud and it was a lot of fun.”

He also said that there are a few acts that he wished he could’ve gone to while he was there.

“On Sunday,” he said, “I’m gonna miss Fitz and the Tantrums and Pearl Jam.”

Senior Kathy Millar will be attending the festival on the second weekend.

“I am going to see Beck, Foster the People, and…Bleachers,” she said.

She said how she’s excited to go because of her past experience at music festivals.

“The only music festival I’ve been to was Edgefest, last year.”

Scheduling conflicts at the festival have made her miss out on a show.

“Some of the times overlap,” she said, “so I’m going to miss Phantogram.”

Freshman Alexis Pezeshki will be visting the festival on October 10th – 12th.

“I’m really excited to see Childish Gambino, Skrillex, Pearl Jam, and Lorde,” she said.

Pezeshki is also having trouble working out all the shows she wants to see.

“There’s a few conflicts with the time with like Skrillex and I think Outkast, and I guess I will just have to go back and forth because it’ll happen.”


If you’re wondering who you should go see at the festival here’s my top 5 must-see acts:


  1. Lana Del Rey –
  1. Jenny Lewis –
  1. Beck –
  1. Lucius –
  1. Bleachers –


And be sure to check out the celebratory Primetime Special airing Oct. 3, at 7 p.m. on PBS Arts Festival.