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Austin City Limits 2016 Recap

Andi Minter
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Taylor Smith, Kelley Parsons, Adriannah Reyes, Aryana Imani

(From left) Taylor Smith, Kelley Parsons, Adriannah Reyes and Aryana Imani, all juniors from Memorial High School, make sure to stay hydrated in the heat at the hydration station. 

This past weekend, hundreds of people from Texas – and thousands of people from all over - traveled to Zilker Park in Austin to take part in the annual music festival, Austin City Limits. The popular event showcases dozens of bands that perform on various stages over the course of three days. This was my third year to attend and I was beyond excited to participate in the experience.

I went with my friends Eva Jacobs and Conley Kinsey, both juniors at Memorial High School. The three of us bounced from stage to stage throughout the days seeing a few of our favorite performers such as Catfish and the Bottlemen, Young the Giant, Kendrick Lamar, and Mumford and Sons. Austin City Limits provides music from a wide range of genres and there were many great acts that we didn’t get to see, like Willie Nelson or the Chainsmokers. In between concerts we stopped at a couple of the numerous food stands from restaurants such as Torchy’s Tacos or Freebirds; all vendors that contributed to the spirit of Austin.

One of my favorite parts of the trip was how easy it was to run into other friends. So many students from schools all over Houston were at the festival that it was hard to walk 100 feet without bumping into somebody you knew. I ran into two juniors from Episcopal High School, Margaret Runnels and Terrell Watson, and happened to find my best friend from The Kinkaid School, Sara Burpeau, in the crowd at the Oh Wonder concert. It provided me with a very communal feeling because I knew that when I went back to school, there would be dozens of other people who had the same incredible experiences that I did. 

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  • Kelly Ore, Sara Burpeau

    (From left) Kelley Ore and Sara Burpeau, juniors at The Kinkaid School, hang out in the shade of the food tents. 

  • Meredith Bullock, Meg Espey

    (From left) Meredith Bullock and Meg Espey, juniors at Memorial High School, on the second day of ACL.

  • Eva Jacobs, Andi Minter, Conley Kinsey

     

    (From left) Eva Jacobs, Andi Minter and Conley Kinsey say goodbye on their last night of the festival. 

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    (Front row, from left) Lauren Gabel, Marian Pearson, Hillary Allenspach; (back row, from left) Grace Gabel, Hannah Gabel, Kelly Engler

  • Cameron Cooley, Audrey Kaufmann

    (From left) Cameron Cooley, a sophomore at Memorial High School with her best friend, Audrey Kaufmann, a sophomore at St. Stephens School in Austin.

  • Kelly Ore, Sara Burpeau
  • Meredith Bullock, Meg Espey
  • Eva Jacobs, Andi Minter, Conley Kinsey
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  • Cameron Cooley, Audrey Kaufmann

Kelly Ore, Sara Burpeau

(From left) Kelley Ore and Sara Burpeau, juniors at The Kinkaid School, hang out in the shade of the food tents. 

Meredith Bullock, Meg Espey

(From left) Meredith Bullock and Meg Espey, juniors at Memorial High School, on the second day of ACL.

Eva Jacobs, Andi Minter, Conley Kinsey

 

(From left) Eva Jacobs, Andi Minter and Conley Kinsey say goodbye on their last night of the festival. 

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(Front row, from left) Lauren Gabel, Marian Pearson, Hillary Allenspach; (back row, from left) Grace Gabel, Hannah Gabel, Kelly Engler

Cameron Cooley, Audrey Kaufmann

(From left) Cameron Cooley, a sophomore at Memorial High School with her best friend, Audrey Kaufmann, a sophomore at St. Stephens School in Austin.

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