One day passes are back, new features at ACL

AUSTIN (KXAN) — While the 2014 Austin City Limits Music Festival lineup came out in late April, there weren’t specifics on who would play on a certain day.

Those questions have now been answered, music to all ACL lovers’ ears.

Also on Wednesday, single-day passes went on sale for $90 each. VIP and Platinum Passes are still available for both weekends, organizers say.

“When we were at one weekend, we noticed people were buying one and two single day passes so we read the urgency as we needed more three day passes,” said Lindsay Hoffman, festival marketing manager. “The fans really wanted them back and now people have the chance if they love one band, say Eminem on Saturday night, they can go to Saturday night and make their own schedule and really make it their own.”

But if you’re looking for three-day passes, you’re out of luck for both weekends.

In addition to bringing one day passes back, ACL organizers C3 Presents say there are more exciting changes this year.

Six winners, one for each day, and 10 of their friends get to bypass an unpleasant festival staple by getting to use the Golden Port-a-Potty.

“Beyond being gold, it’s got air conditioning, a screen that will stream some of the main stage performances and some nice amenities,” said Hoffman.

Cashless wristbands could make paying for your drink or t-shirt easier.

“It’s really just to make it so the fans don’t have to carry cash and credit with them on site,” said Uri Bogler, Frontgate Tickets VP of marketing. “They can just use the wristband they need anyway.”

Fans go online and register their credit card and assign a pin number to their wristband. Frontgate Tickets tested the technology at a festival in Georgia. Bogler says there are no fees and it’s secure. If it works well next month at Lollapalooza in Chicago, you could see it at ACL.

C3 Presents also said to look for new chefs at Austin Eats and new features in the Art Market.

That is where you will find Austin artist Jake Bryer. Austin Art Garage has had a vendor tent since 2007.

“We’re 100 percent local emerging artists so what better place to be showing the Austin culture than ACL,” said Jake Bryer, co-founder Austin Art Garage.

More green initiatives are also in the works. Last year, 68-percent of ACL trash was diverted from landfills. Organizers hope that number is higher this year.

The festival happens this year from Oct. 3 through Oct. 5 and then again Oct. 11 through Oct. 12 in Zilker Park.

The 2014 lineup includes Eminem, Pearl Jam, Outkast, Skrillex, Beck and Calvin Harris, who will play both weekends.

This year’s fest will also have a strong international presence with acts from Germany (Zedd), Scotland (CHVURCHES and Paolo Nutini), Colombia (Juanes), Mexico (Zoe), Australia (Iggy Azalea), Sweden (Icona Pop), England (Sam Smith and Temples), South Africa (KONGOS), France (Ana Tijoux), Denmark (MØ) and Ireland (Hozier). Each weekend will also host artist that call Austin home like Saints of Valory, Asleep at the Wheel, Black Pistol Fire and many more.

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