Ditching the Fest

Austin music fans pass up ACL for Ditch the Fest

Austin music fans pass up ACL for Ditch the Fest

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Glowing orb decorating Ditch the Fest Photo by Arnold Wells
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Ditch the Fest Photo by Arnold Wells
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Black Books at Ditch the Fest 2013 Photo by Arnold Wells
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Black Books Photo by Arnold Wells
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Artistic amusements at Ditch the Fest Photo by Arnold Wells
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Crushed can grid at Ditch the Fest Photo by Arnold Wells
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Crowd at Hikes Photo by Arnold Wells
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Hikes Photo by Arnold Wells
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Wares for sale at Ditch the Fest Photo by Arnold Wells
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And the name of the band is Yum. Photo by Arnold Wells
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Yum at Ditch the Fest Photo by Arnold Wells
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Rest at the Fest Photo by Arnold Wells
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Color-coordinated body painting at Ditch the Fest Photo by Arnold Wells
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Ditch the Fest No. 5, Scoot Inn Photo by Arnold Wells
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Scoot Inn at Ditch the Fest Photo by Arnold Wells
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While happy hordes from the ends of the earth descended on Zilker Park Saturday for what would prove to be the last day of ACL Fest 2013, a smaller but no less enthusiastic crowd gathered at Scoot Inn in East Austin for a carnival of a different stripe.

Ditch the Fest started in 2010 as an ACL alternative on almost all fronts, including price (lower), access (closer) and variety of entertainment (smaller acts in a more intimate setting). The "ditching" part is kind of tongue-in-cheek; DTF seeks merely to expand the musical choices available during the (now) two weekends of the Zilker Park party.

Unlike its sprawling inspiration, DTF (Nos. 4 & 5) contracted a bit this year, taking place over consecutive weekends at one club (Scoot Inn) rather than the several of years past. The lineup included Holiday Mountain, Caddywhompus, The Ghost Wolves, Danny Malone, Black Books, Yum, the Hikes, and many more. Vendor booths and body painting were both less formal and less expensive, and strings of tiny lights, along with the occasional glowing sculpture, made for a festival without frenzy. And 100 percent less flooding.