ACL Fest: Am I getting my money’s worth?

This weekend, I will be attending the three day Austin City Limits Festival for the first time.  It should be a blast, and I’m very much looking forward to it.  That said, I’ve never spent $130 on a concert ticket ($140 after shipping), so I wanted to break it down and see how much bang my buck is giving me.

Rumors that this is simply an easy way to write a blog entry are unfounded.


First day of the festival.  It’s an important day, because it really sets the tone.  Who will I be seeing on this fabled day?

Joseph Arthur (possibly) – I’m not that aware of the guy’s stuff, but he’s worked with Greg Dulli a lot, and that usually spells out quality.
Pete Yorn – I’ve wanted to see Pete Yorn ever since his first record came out, but I always seem to be busy when he floats through town.  Well, not this time buddy!
Crowded House – Just a nostalgia trip, but a fun one!
LCD Soundsystem – I’m very curious.  Sounds like a great time, and a fun escape from what I’ll have seen up to that point.
Queens of the Stone Age – Love their stuff.  Should be great.
The Killers – Wouldn’t miss this one for the world.

Total Band Count: five or six.  We’ll call it five.


Butch Walker – Looks like my day starts pretty late.  After five, even.  May have to go earlier and just browse a bit.
Muse – Saw them once, and I can’t wait to see them again.
Arcade Fire – This is what my festival is about.  Been looking forward to seeing them for a long time.  After this set, I’ll run over to catch the end of…
The White Stripes – And why the hell not?

Total Band Count: 8.5


Yo La Tengo – And that’s it.  There are plenty more I might check out, but this is the only one I’m making plans to see.

Total Band Count: 9.5

Price paid per band: $14.74

That’s not that bad, and when you factor in the other bands I’ll probably check out along the way, it’s a great price.  So yeah, I think I’m getting my money’s worth.  Whew!  What a relief!