October 4, 2009

Rain, cold plague Austin music festival

Attendees of the Austin City Limits Music Festival in Texas say the event was plagued by heavy rain and cold temperatures during its second day.

Festival attendee Melanie Young, 37, said while those on hand Saturday during the festival's second day attempted to have fun despite the rainy and cold weather, the weather rivaled the record-breaking heat at previous ACL incarnations, the Austin American-Statesman reported Sunday.

I didn't think this would be more miserable than the heat, but it's impossible to have fun when everybody is this cold and huddled over, Young said.

Meanwhile, attendees like 44-year-old Rob McCann were struggling to approach festival stages due to lines of chairs brought by other festival guests.

They form these walls right on the line, and you can't break through even though there's space, McCann said.

The American-Statesman said despite the problems Saturday, guests at the three-day festival that began Friday enjoyed performances by rapper Mos Def, reggae singer Eek-a-Mouse and Jonathan Tyler and the Northern Lights.