Gosh, it’s hot! Three days at the Austin City Limits Music Festival

Ten days on, I still have the last remnants of a heat rash–what was once thirty-nine terrible zits–on my forehead.  I’ve given myself time to digest the events of my weekend at ACL Fest, and I am ready to tell you, the reading public, if sending $130 on passes is worth it.

In a word: maybe.

“Everybody festivals differently,” a wise person told me the day after ACL.  And while I had no idea you could use “festival” as a verb, it makes sense.  I think the festivals worth is up to you and how you approach the weekend.  My friend Clinton, who was probably the first to arrive and the last to leave each day and ran from one stage to another like a chicken with its head cut off probably got the most bang for his buck out of all of us.  A lot of folks, however, seemed content to set up a chair in front of one stage and sit there for three days, missing out on roughly 97% of the bands playing.  I’d say that’s not getting your dollar’s worth.  Hell, one guy who set up camp in front of us on Friday stayed for three bands and then left!

But hey, it’s not like I bought his ticket.  Who am I to judge?  I even collapsed in a camping chair now and then, when I wasn’t too busy bitching about how un-cool they were.  Newsflash: like most humans, I can be hypocritical now and then.

So I’ll probably go back next year.  I might even buy those stupid passes that go on sale before the line up is announced.  And if the line up isn’t so hot, well that’s why they invented ebay.

I figured I would leave you with my five favorite sets from the festival.  I was pleasantly surprised to find these in an order other than what I’d expected.

ACL 2007 Best Sets

1. Yo La Tengo
2. Butch Walker and the Let’s Go Out Tonights
3. The Arcade Fire
4. Pete Yorn
5. Ben Kweller