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Photographer’s Journal: Austin City Limits Festival 2009

Oct 14, 2009
By Daniel Bloomfield and Drew Stoga

Austin, Texas—much like its sister city on the Mississippi River, New Orleans, La.—is a town that eats, drinks and breathes live music all year round. However, things kick into overdrive every fall when the Austin City Limits Festival takes over Austin’s beautiful Zilker Park for three days. Despite a rainy Saturday, crowds of 65,000 once again filled the concert grounds by day and downtown’s numerous nightclubs by night.

Austin-based photographer Daniel Bloomfield was there. He takes FLYP through a few of his images from the event-filled weekend.

Austin City Limits

"The weather played a major factor in my ACL experience, as I’m sure it did for my fellow festivalgoers. Friday was some of the best weather the festival has ever seen. However, on Saturday we saw rain from the very beginning to the very end. The sun reappeared on Sunday, but brought lots of mud with it." 


Karen O of Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs

"Easily the most dynamic and visually entertaining set of the weekend. Yeah Yeah Yeah’s were a great replacement for the Beastie Boys. The crowd loved every minute of their hour-long headlining set on Friday night."


Levon Helm

Levon Helm

"The rain stopped Saturday just in time for Levon Helm’s set, which mixed classic Band songs with great covers."


Deer Tick

John McCauley of Deer Tick

"Deer Tick just get better and better each time I see them. The quartet from Providence, R.I. had expanded to a quintet since their last show in Austin. The band’s set also feature one of the only Townes Van Zandt covers of the weekend. What would a music festival in Texas be with out some Townes Van Zandt?"



Deck D’Arcy of Phoenix

"Drawing one of the largest crowds of the weekend was Phoenix, the indie-rock-meets-electronic-dance-music band from France. The set feature mostly material from the band’s most recent release, Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix."


Medeski Martin & Wood

John Medeski of Medeski Martin & Wood

"It is always a treat to see Medeski Martin & Wood, but their set was short. It is kind of funny that I can’t remember the last time I saw the band in the early afternoon outside." (Check out FLYP’s in-depth profile of Medeski Martin & Wood.)

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