ACL Festival makes safety a priority with new rules

Madhi Dharma, Arts and Entertainment Editor

The Austin City Limits Music Festival is one of the biggest events in music every year.

Huge musical acts come to Austin from all over the world to perform and people fly in from all over to attend. Last year, the ACL festival was canceled because of safety concerns related to the pandemic, but this year the festival started on October 1-3 and will finish up on Oct. 8-10, which is just in time to celebrate the festival’s 20th anniversary.

Festival planners had to create a safety plan and have it approved by the City of Austin to prevent the event from becoming a superspreader. Attendees have to show proof of vaccination or show proof of a negative COVID test taken 72 hours before the event. Also, masks are required in areas of Zilker Park where it is difficult to maintain social distance, especially in areas like the merchandise store, entrance areas, and the shuttle buses for the festival.

Organizers decided they would give refunds for tickets if people tested positive for COVID. There’s a section on the form where you can attach a copy of your positive test results. ACL has a wide range of performers. Some of the bigger names are George Strait, Billie Eilish, and Miley Cyrus. A couple of other honorable mentions would be Machine Gun Kelly, Phoebe Bridgers, and Megan Thee Stallion.

This festival definitely has music for everybody, with people like George Strait and Jon Pardi for country fans, artists like Girl in Red and The Backseat Lovers for people who enjoy more indie music, and so much more.

Stevie Nicks was supposed to perform at ACL making a lot of classic rock fans very excited, unfortunately, due to COVID concerns, she dropped out of the festival. The band Duran Duran will be replacing her. There was a lot of praise for Billie Eilish’s performance during the first weekend of the festival. Fans will be eagerly be waiting to find out who wows the audience next.