10 Reasons You Should Rethink Not Going To Austin City Limits

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6. Iggy Azalea's Accent.

Is it as painful in person as it is on record? Surely not, right? Is it possible that it's even worse? Well, you'll likely never know unless you hightail it down to Austin for this year's ACL. Youtube doesn't count.


Returning from that great hip-hop beyond, Big Boi and Andre 3000 are back to grace us with their presence. "Miss Jackson," "So Fresh, So Clean" and that song about shaking a Polaroid picture, yeah, they made all those! Don't you want to see them perform live? Of course you do. And Texans, ACL could be your last shot. Truthfully, I don't see them being at this reunion thing for very long, especially not with Andre 3000' defeatist attitude. Better strike while the iron's hot.

8. You Can Pretend You're Not So Boring.

There's no better time than the present to break out of your comfort zone. Meet new people, have new experiences, drink your body weight in alcohol. You know, whatever it takes to prove that you aren't as vanilla as you think. And, yeah, the truth is that you are boring -- really, really boring. You get excited about recipes you find online, and a new sandwich shop opening down the street makes your month. Even though binge watching Netflix is the highlight of your weekends, for one weekend (or two) it doesn't have to be.

9. Because, Austin.

Coffee shops, craft beer bars, record shops, kick-ass dives, whatever else sounds cool to you, all of that's in Austin. We promise. At ACL, you can take in one of the nation's raddest cities while locked in the midst of festival fever. For coffee, check out Houndstooth, Medici, Brew & Brew and Figure 8. Banger's Sausage House & Beer Garden, Craft Pride and Draught House are the places to be if you're a beer-head. And, of course, Austin is a record shop paradise; End Of An Ear, Waterloo and Breakaway are all essential stops.

10. The Drop

Skrillex is all set for some dubstep bro-stepping at this year's ACL. Aren't you just a bit curious what this feels like?

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Jonathan Patrick