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ACL Festival Expanding to Two Weekends

Sean Murphy for KUT News
ACL Fest in 2012.

The Austin City Council just voted unanimously to allow C3 Presents to expand the Austin City Limits Music Festival at Zilker Park to two weekends next year.

The resolution states that City Manager Marc Ott is encouraged “to negotiate and execute an agreement with C3 Presents to include an additional weekend event for the Austin City  Limits Music Festival,” beginning next year.

The resolution had included language that would allow for adding additional event days at Auditorium Shores but council members decided to take that part out – likely owing to controversy over whether a Formula One-related concert would be allowed at Auditorium Shores the weekend of a major Junior League of Austin fundraiser.

Council member Kathie Tovo expressed concern the impact a second ACL weekend would have on the SFC Farmers’ Market downtown at Republic Square Park, where festival shuttle buses operate over the concert. The city manager was encouraged to work with impacted stakeholders like the farmers’ market when negotiating with C3.

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