Austin grows with the Austin City Limits Music Festival

Fifteen years in, the Austin City Limits Music Festival has grown up with the Live Music Capital of the World.

When the fest started in 2002, attendance was about 75,000 over two days, and one-day tickets cost $25. The fest expanded to three days in 2003, and to two weekends in 2013. Attendance in this 15th anniversary year should hit 75,000 daily, with a GA three-day pass at $255.

Staff photographer and music lover Jay Janner got to Texas as quick as he could, and he’s has been to every fest since 2003. Starting in 2005, he’s made sure to take a photo of the city’s skyline to the northeast, and the changes in our cityscape are dramatic. Scroll down to see a photo of every year since 2005. You’ll see how much Austin’s skyline has filled in (remember when the Frost Bank Tower dominated the view?).

This year’s fest is Friday-Sunday and Oct. 7-9 at Zilker Park. A few things we know: There will be great music. There will be hordes. There will be sweat. And our next skyline photo will show even more change in our city’s look.

Editors note: For best mobile viewing experience, turn phone sideways.

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