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Three Perspectives From C3 Presents

Austin’s reputable festival scene needs no introduction — but what about hardworking individuals operating behind the scenes? C3 Presents has been drawing crowds of over 260,000 to Zilker Park each year for one of the country’s most loved music festivals, Austin City Limits.

After the chaos of ACL settled, TRIBEZA caught up with a few of C3’s most valuable team members Emily Stengel (Events Services Manager), Lindsey Sokol (Festival Manager), and Erin Shorts (Box Office Manager) to hear a little about how they make sure the festival runs smoothly for fans as well as their own plans now that the chaos has settled.

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Tell us a little about your role for the festival?

EMILY: With the support of an incredible team, I oversee the festival's front of house crowd services. This includes the delicious Austin Eats Food Court, the Austin-centric ACL Art Market, the featured non-profits in ACL Cares, Access Program for fans with disabilities, environmental efforts and the Volunteer Program.

LINDSEY: Managing the logistics of our site and production operations at ACL.

ERIN: Pre-fest, my team and I are in charge of ordering, activating and distributing all internal credentials, from Staff and Crew to Volunteers and Vendors. All badges and wristbands you see on those hard working folks inside the festival at some point passed through our hands. Once the Festival Box Office opens, my role changes over to Guest List Manager. At this point, I live up at the Box Office and assist with all guest list discrepancies, i.e. — “But I’m like, with the band!”

Most memorable moment of this year’s ACL?

EMILY: During the festival I am always on the move, so it's important to take a minute to look out at the crowd and appreciate all of the smiles in one place at one time – this happened during OutKast's "The Whole World". Pearl Jam's rare performance of "Yellow Ledbetter" will go down in ACL Fest history. It's always great to see local, familiar faces hitting the main stages. Above all, the most unforgettable moments for me took place while facilitating meet and greets for six Make A Wish families. This was nothing short of an experience of a lifetime.

LINDSEY: OutKast’s performance of “Deep in the Heart of Texas”.

ERIN: Shutting down the box office Sunday, October 12 and running to Stubb’s Jr. to catch Against Me!

Your favorite way to relax and recover post ACL?

EMILY: After the Festival, I reconnect with sleep, cooking, family, friends and my favorite beaches in Mexico.

LINDSEY: A day at Milk + Honey Spa followed by Sway take-out.

ERIN: This year, I turned my cellular data off and went to Vancouver, BC.

What projects are you working on now?

EMILY: Next year will be a busy year, so we are moving full steam ahead! Austin FOOD & WINE Festival in April kicks off a series of music and food festivals.

LINDSEY: Mapping out a December vacation!

ERIN: I just travelled to Dallas to work Chive Fest Dallas, but now our year is pretty much over. Mainly just recapping and reporting 2014 events and gearing up for next year.

Next music event you’re looking forward to?

EMILY: I'm always looking forward to Wednesday nights at the Continental Club Gallery with Trube, Farrell, and Snizz. Otherwise, I'm excited to see Tedeschi Trucks Band on November 12.

Photo Credits

Erin Shorts, Lindsey Sokol, Lizzie Garret, Reagan Hackleman, Nick Simonite

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