Austin City Limits is back for another round, but a story of inspiration is unravelling behind the scenes.
The second sold out weekend will bring another 75 thousand music fans to Zilker Park and thousands more working to keep the production going.
"I've never been to ACL so seeing the scope of how large it is," Nikolas Fisher, a student at Hays High School, said. "A lot of people, all the inner workings, how many volunteers, how many workers--it's just mind blowing."
Fisher is part of a group of high school students which took a backstage tour on the eve of the festival's second weekend.
"Being on the stage and seeing like, wow. Some pretty popular bands are going to stand here and look out and address quite a large amount of people it's kind of awesome," Fisher said.
The Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce and C3 Presents (the company behind ACL) hosted the tour to give these teens a peek at the possibilities the festival creates.
"Getting an idea of all the careers that go into putting on an event like the Austin City Limits Music Festival, there's so many different things," Lisa Hickey with C3 Presents said.
Everything from sound engineering and marketing to booking the bands and coordinating the food.
"The theme of the tour was that they started at the bottom, were nice to people and worked their way up," Hickey said. "It's a great thing to instill in young students."
Whether their futures take them to concerts or the corporate world, there's plenty to learn from ACL's behind-the-scenes classroom.
"For you to get in and get experience and meet people and get your name out there," Fisher said. "So you can get a job."
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