ACL 2012 Day 1: What to expect when you arrive

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Austin City Limits 2012 started today, and here's some helpful tips to plan your trip:

Parking:

The One Texas Center lot (Barton Springs Road and South 1st) is free today after 5pm and will be $10 Saturday and Sunday. If you're loaded, you can park closer to the festival for $30 a day. There's other paid parkings in the vicinity for $10 a day.

Transportation to and from the fest:

There's free shuttles going from Republic Square (4th and Guadalupe) to Zilker Park throughout the weekend (the last one departing from Zilker park 30 minutes after the last band leaves the stage on each day), but my personal choice is to leave the car wherever you can and rely on the bike rikshaws ($10 per person) to go wherever you need. They're all over the place, the drivers are cool, friendly, and will get you there. Taxi? You're funny.

Tix

Sold out, but plenty of scalpers and people willing to buy whatever extra tickets you may have. There's still a few 3-day VIP passes for $1,050 a day.

What's left for tonight:

Florence + The Machine at 6:30pm and The Black Keys at 6:30, both at the Bud Light stage. Complete schedule here.

— Enrique Lopetegui


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