Feels: The 5 Stages of Not Going to ACL

By Krystal Cruz

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Austin City Limits 2016 (ACL) is approaching and both weekend one and two 3-day general admission wristbands are sold out. According to the ACL website only 1-day ($100 each), VIP ($1,100 per weekend or $440 per day), and platinum ($3,600 per weekend) wristbands are available.


To the average consumer who still needs money to eat everyday, it’s time to accept that attending ACL is no longer an option. But for the festival and concert lovers, it’s not easy to accept that loss.


Here are the 5 stages of not going to ACL:


1. Denial
“Sure, 3-day general admission is sold out, but maybe I’ll be able to buy someone’s wristband if they can’t make it. There has to be reasonable prices on the UT/Buy/Sell/Trade page or StubHub right?”




The Austinite will refuse to believe they will not make it to ACL. They will continue searching for the perfect festival attire, keep listening to the bands they want to catch on the lineup, and continue searching their budget in a last-minute attempt to buy a wristband that doesn’t exist. When their friends ask what they’re doing ACL weekend, the Austinite will say they’re busy in hopes that eventually they’ll get tickets.


2. Anger
“I should have saved money as soon as ACL last year ended!”




As the ACL date approaches, anger will rise in those who didn’t get tickets. Anger in themselves for not saving money. Anger for missing the early bird dates when wristbands were sold cheaper. Anger in the fact that the lineup consists of many of their favorite artists. They will begin to block out the conversations of others talking about their plans for ACL, and pretend people are talking about a ligament in the knee rather than an awesome music festival.


3. Bargaining
“I will not go out for a month. I won’t buy coffee every morning. I’ll ask it as a very-very early Christmas Gift.”




Desperation will begin to creep on the horizon as the person will begin to try to find loopholes for attending the festival. They’ll be in several Facebook messages and emails with people who are selling their wristbands for a very unforgivable price. They’ll try to give hints to friends and relatives to gift wristbands, but in the end won’t get a promising result. Then they’ll begin bargaining with themselves, risking taking out things from their daily routine to save money or possibly selling personal belongings. This is when they begin to realize that the ACL hunt has become and obsession and they must stop looking for ways to go to ACL to protect their sanity.


4. Sorrow
“I can’t believe I’m missing ACL”




Slowly, realization will hit the non-concert goer. The last of the available wristbands will sell out and the possibility to go slowly fades. This person will begin to listen to the sad songs of the artist going to ACL they wanted to see and begin to hope that maybe the band will come to another Austin venue soon for a more reasonable price.

5. Acceptance
“I’m not going to ACL.”




It is suddenly is easier for the person not going to ACL to admit it to themselves and their friends. They’ll begin to look on the brighter side of not attending, like having money. avoiding sunburn, and not getting stuck ACL traffic. There will always be ACL next year and maybe they will be more prepared to buy tickets next time.


It will all be okay, just remember that Austin is the live music capital of the world, and you will get more chances to go to concerts!