The ACL music festival opened its doors to music fans Friday morning, and while the music lineup is sure to keep attendees rocking, the weekend forecast could make for a very muddy event.
75,000 music lovers are expected to attend the three-day festival, where 130 bands, some world-famous and some up-and-coming, will crank out dozens of their hits. Beautiful weather is on tap for the first two days of the event, but by Sunday, the Great Lawn at Zilker Park could look more like a mud pit if the projected rainy forecast holds.
ACL organizers and those who have set up booths on the Great Lawn are making preparations in case the rain clouds roll in, as was the case a few years ago.
During ACL fest in 2009, rain storms soaked concertgoers, and straw had to be hauled in to help fans get around safely. By the end of the festival, the rain and mud become as much a part of the story as the musical performances, cementing that year's festival among the more memorable experiences among long-time attendees.
ACL promoters will live-stream some of the bands this weekend, so those without tickets or wristbands can still enjoy some of the music.