New music festival headed to Austin


UPDATE: The Travis County Commissioners approved the permit August 14th and will require the music to end at 1 a.m., not 2 a.m.

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Travis County Commissioners Court postponed a decision that could bring a new music festival to Austin. Tuesday morning, the court was expected to decide whether to issue a permit to the Waterloo Fest. But instead, the court decided to bring the issue up again next week.

The three-day music festival that offers space to camp will take place at Carson Creek Ranch from Sept. 7-9. 

Located about 20 minutes outside downtown Austin near the airport, Carson Creek Ranch has become a popular venue for concert promoters who want to allow camping. Other festivals like Euphoria and Psych Fest have taken place at the ranch.

The Travis County Fire Marshall says some of the things they have to take into consideration is whether the venue has enough space and easy access for emergency vehicles.

“The permit says they want to have up to 10,000 people. That makes it a small city. When you have a small city, you need to have security, medical care and protect folks from a lot of traffic that is coming and going,” says Will Boettner, Travis County Specialist Fire Marshall. 

Promoters of Waterloo Fest bill it as a jam festival with headliner The String Cheese Incident playing a different set each night.

“We’re really excited to reignite the jam culture that started in the city way back when Willie Nelson met the Grateful Dead at the Armadillo Headquarters,” says Steve Sternschein, Waterloo Music Festival Promoter.

Sternschein says half of the lineup also includes bands from Austin.

Tickets start around $75 for a one day pass but can go up to several hundred dollars for those wishing to camp. 

“We’ve been interested in going to these types of events since high school and putting on parties and events since college. This has been something we wanted to do for a long time,” says Briggs Mitchell, Waterloo Music Festival Promoter.

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