AUSTIN -- The music plays as the sun sets over Zilker Park.
Named after the Austin City Limits concert series, 2002 was the inaugural year. Austin has grown, and so has the fest.
That first year, it was two days. This year, for the first time, two weekends.
"Every year it seems to get bigger," says Justine Salisbury, who marks her sixth year at ACL.
Now there are eight stages, and all the local food you can eat.
"There is enough space here that if it feels too big you can go to the back or go to an open space," said Juliette McGee.
Austin police chief Art Acevedo says his department is ready to show the world again what Austin can do.
While people fly in, this is a scene for Austinites, even if you go it alone, like Courtney Knudsen.
"I came alone and I've made friends. So it's pretty neat," she said.
While there is drink and partying, police say they haven't had many issues other than a pot arrest or two.
Knudsen expected more of a clash when trying to hear the bands.
"You could stand in the middle and you could get a little bit of both."
On Saturday night's middle ground you hear Kings of Leon and the Cure.
Friday, one side, Depeche Mode, the other Muse.
Sunday night, Lionel Richie and Atoms for Peace wound down weekend one.