Posted in music on August 30, 2007

ACLThis September I'll be returning to Austin for my first-ever visit to the annual three-day Austin City Limits Festival (see previous post for talk of the lineup). While I'm there, I also hope to catch at least one episode-taping for the 33rd season of the associated PBS series with the same name (Austin City Limits). Arcade Fire, Crowded House, Wilco, Bloc Party, Regina Spektor, and Lucinda Williams will all be there to play the festival, and to tape a show.

Then there are the afterparties - official and unofficial. Official afterparties (or aftershows as they call them) feature many of the same bands playing the festival. They happen at night at one of the various venues around Austin - Stubb's, La Zona Rosa, The Parish, Emo's and Antone's to be exact. Anyone can buy tickets to the aftershows. They've got Spoon, The White Stripes (sold out), Common, Blonde Redhead, The National, etc..

I actually know very little about the unofficial afterparties, except that I helped put one together. It was a team effort between myself and the "Hot Freaks" otherwise known as an aquarium drunkard, la blogothèque, chromewaves, gorilla vs bear, my old kentucky blog, and you ain't no picasso. This group of 'Hot Freaks' worked together before - at SXSW. For ACL they asked if I felt like getting freaky, I said 'yes', and the rest is history.

Our parties take place at the Mohawk and at the adjoining Club Deville, on both Friday and Saturday after ACL. The shows are FREE (w/ some RSVP thing that's going to be available after Labor Day), and all of our artists are NOT also playing ACL. We have Art Brut, Grizzly Bear, St. Vincent, The Rosebuds, Yellow Fever, Sparrow House (Jared from Voxtrot), and more. More details below....

The Rosebuds @ BOwery Ballroom, NYC (MORE)
The Rosebuds

These shows are also in conjunction with (sponsored by) Dell Lounge. Dell Lounge sponsors a stage at ACL, an ACL-related Battle of the Bands, and Dell Lounge will be the website where people can stream some of the ACL Festival performaces as they happen. This is also their party....

Hot Freaks

More info @



Comments (13)

is Dwight playing?

Posted by Anonymous | August 30, 2007 5:10 PM

I hope to make to the Friday night Hot Freaks. The whole weekend should be great.

Posted by danfun | August 30, 2007 5:22 PM

Does anyone know anywhere cheap/free to stay in Austin that isn't really far away from the festival? I can't seem to find any campsites at all. anyone have a hot tip...or floor space at the south congress hotel?

Posted by Anonymous | August 30, 2007 7:06 PM

It'll be nice to see the Vegan in action in Austin. My brother lives there with his family, and this will be my fourth ACL. See you at DeVille!

Posted by Feast Of Music | August 30, 2007 7:40 PM

i think the clear choices each night are grizzly bear and st. vincent. Too bad I don't get to make them in person.

Posted by Anonymous | August 30, 2007 10:54 PM

just a few more weeks until the glorious ACL Fest...

Day 2 is the best line up!

The White Stripes is the best official aftershow!

Posted by Anonymous | August 31, 2007 1:03 AM

Both of my brovers live in Austin and this will be my 11th ACL!

Posted by A.C.L. (my initials!) | August 31, 2007 11:26 AM

i'll be there and full of breakfast tacos - yippee!

Posted by sam | August 31, 2007 2:26 PM

Make sure you go to Las Manitas for breakfast (though I don't know if it's good for a vegan) and cool off with a swim in Barton Springs every day and we'll see you at one of the after parties.

Posted by MissFit | August 31, 2007 4:37 PM

from a true austin lover, who has just moved away after 4 and a half years:

good luck. acl fest blowssss. so hot, so crowded. stick with your aftershows, they look lovely. :)

oh, and take both of the allowed two water bottles. really.

Posted by amy | September 2, 2007 4:46 PM

to fucking hot in austin jump into barton spings to coll off

Posted by la hipster | September 3, 2007 2:07 PM

Bob Dylan is also doing an ACL aftershow at Stubb's on Saturday night. Tickets go onsale to the general public tomorrow.

Posted by mb | September 11, 2007 12:44 PM

White stripes have cancelled! This sucks.

Posted by Anonymous | September 11, 2007 1:48 PM

Leave a Comment