ACL Fest 2009 – Day One

The sun was shining and a cool breeze was blowing when the gates opened at Zilker Park the first day of The Austin City Limits Music Festival 2009. Fans lined the entrance for the chance to be the first person to experience a new ACL atop the lush, new Bermuda grass that now coats the entire park. As it is done every year, the Star Wars theme song welcomed hundreds of music fans rushing into the park, most running to snatch that favorite band’s t-shirt, stake out a perfect spot in front of their favorite stage or get their usual spot under the big tree.

Many fans wore yellow in support of LIVESTRONG Day, a commemoration of Lance Armstrong’s diagnosis with cancer, a day of action and awareness towards cancer. As you looked out over the expanse of Zilker Park, hundreds of yellow shirts were peppered throughout the crowd. We thank everyone who participated and encourage everyone, if you haven’t done so already, make sure to check out all the activities & charitable organizations set up inside the park, including free entry into a bone morrow registry at the LiveStrong booth, helping out local musicians at HAMM or SIMS and much more!

Friday played host to a varying array of home-grown and nationally-known acts, from the local band Nelo kicking off the day, to The Sound and The Jury winner, The Bright Light Social Hour playing it’s first fest and the Kings of Leon who top the charts worldwide rounding out the night. And what’s an ACL Fest without a few surprises, like John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin sitting in with Sara Watkins on the Austin Ventures stage or K’Naan stopping by Austin Kiddie Limits for a surprise guest performance that drew more than just the young ones.

Oh yeah, and did we mention the weather was a balmy 85 degrees and sunny?

With day one of The Austin City Limits Festival 2009 in the books and two more days on tap, we are looking forward to the weekend for more great food, art, activities, and of course, music.

See what everyone else was saying, from The Statesman, KUT, and Rolling Stone. And make sure you’re ready for Saturday by checking out the schedule here.

Don’t forget to keep checking our News site for updates and information, and if you’re at the Fest, make sure to interact with us for all the latest updated throughout the day.

Enjoy some of the photos from day one, but be sure to visit our official ACL Fest Flickr for more shots.

Photos courtesy of Patrick Dentler