The 2009 Austin City Limits Music Festival will be remembered as an event that brought diverse music — and diverse weather — to Zilker Park. From blue skies and green grass that greeted music lovers as they filled Zilker Park on Friday, to the rain no one seemed to care about on Saturday, and the ensuing emergence of mud on Sunday, tens of thousands of resilient music lovers were dead set on catching their favorite acts no matter what Mother Nature served up.
The threat of rain was not deterrent to the thousands of festival goers who made their way to downtown Austin for the third and final day of the eight edition of the Festival. Classic bands like the B-52’s, Toadies and The Preservation Hall Jazz Band shared the billing with buzz worthy acts like L.A.X., Passion Pit, The Heartless Bastards and Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears. Each act amped up the energy of every set while playing the final day of the Festival, and the crowd was always sure to return the favor. The end of the night belonged to Pearl Jam. Closing the gig for the capacity crowd (many of whom waited patiently to see them bring the weekend home) Eddie Vedder and company played many of their popular hits, as well as their some of their latest. They even brought in some surprise guests including an intimate set with Ben Harper and an off-the-wall appearance from Jane’s Addiction’s Perry Ferrell.
An after three days of food, art and the most important ingredient — music, fans left Zilker Park on Sunday with, yes, a little mud stuck on their feet (and in some other places too), but with more amazing songs stuck in their heads, and indelible memories of great times with friends and strangers alike.
Don’t want it to be over? You can relive the first two days here: Friday | Saturday. Also, find out what everyone is saying about the festival: The Statesman, Austinist, KUT, The Houston Press, The New York Times and Rolling Stone. Or, share stories directly with the fans when you Interact With Us.
Enjoy some of the photos from day three, but be sure to visit our official ACL Fest Flickr for more shots.
Oh, and to give you an idea of what it took to throw this thing together, here are some quick numbers on the 2009 Austin City Limits Music Festival.
130 bands performed on 8 stages over 3 days of music.
700 bartenders served beer, wine and water to thirsty fans.
650 port-o-potties lined the park.
700 trash and recycle containers were scattered throughout the park.
300 guards & 150 police officers helped watch keep everyone orderly, safe and secure.
50,000 feet of fence lined the park.
Pearl Jam, Fans & LiveStrong Stage photos by Jack Edinger. Crowd shot, Girl Talk & Passion Pit photos by Patrick Dentler