Friday, October 12, 2012

ACL Festival Preview: Conflicts

Music festivals are a great way to see a lot of bands without a lot of effort. If you're a casual music fan you can just wander from stage to stage stopping when you hear something you like. If you're a serious music connoisseur, you'll want to have a more curated experience, moving from stage to stage like a person on a mission trying your darnedest to catch every band worth seeing. That is where this post comes in. I'm not trying to tell you who to see when or curate your experience for you, I'm just highlighting the points during ACL Festival when it will be most difficult to choose. With the festival happening two weekends in a row in 2013 some of these conflicts will be resolved for people attending both weekends. Catch one act one week and the other act the next week.

Like any music festival there are going to be times when there are two or more bands you'd like to see who are performing at the same time. I can tell you from experience that catching bits from multiple sets can be very difficult especially if it's later in the day. There are stages it is easy to navigate between but it's going to be nearly impossible to get from one side of the park to the other in a timely manner after 4pm-ish. I think one of the biggest conflicts of the festival is going to be the headliners Saturday night. I know that many people are fans of both Neil Young and Jack White, both of whom will be playing at the same time. For those of you lucky enough to be at Jack White's Austin City Limits Television taping Sunday night won't have to make the tough call. Find the most troublesome time conflicts of this year's fest below the break.

Jack White - I'm Shakin' video via YouTube