Concert snowflakes on Facebook. Austin City Limits Festival was cancelled yesterday. I'll admit to being disappointed myself but after what happened in 2009, I think canceling the final day was the right call. Zilker Park would have been destroyed.
Many of the bands scheduled tried to find alternative venues to play pop up shows for as many people as they could. It just goes to show you can't please everyone. People were complaining about:
1. No notice of pop up shows. ACL said follow Facebook, Twitter and Instagram all day. The notices went out all day.
2. It's just a little rain. Glastonbury, Bonnaroo, Jazz Fest, etc wouldn't have cancelled. Drought conditions + 12 inches of rain overnight. It was too much for the park to take. Did I mention Zilker Park lies between two bodies of water?
3. I had a wristband, I should get priority for any shows that come up. So did 50,000 other people.
4. But I wanted to see (insert act name here)! So did 50,000 other people. It's not safe and the artist is probably as disappointed as you.
5. I bought my tickets on Craigslist. I'm not getting a refund. The promoter was pretty clear about this from the beginning. Only tickets purchased through them were covered. Weekend two tickets didn't sell out until Wednesday. It was possible for a lot of festival goers to avoid scalpers or third party vendors.
I know my fifth point will probably prove divisive but, had I bought my tickets from a scalper, I'd have to suck it up. That the promoter is even issuing refunds at all is pretty generous.
I had a blast on the days I was able to attend. The Cure's phenom all set alone was well worth it.