This week has certainly been a tough one, with the horrific shooting in Las Vegas during a three-day country music festival killing over fifty people, injuring over five hundred, and leaving the nation at large in grief and shock. The act of mass terror on Sunday evening in Las Vegas has now been named the largest mass shooting to ever take place in the United States, and people are still reeling following the tragedy. Because the attack took place at a concert, the shooting has also raised many doubts and concerns for music lovers, many of whom who are still wary following the unprecedented attack on a space that many of us find sacred.
This Friday, Austin City Limits will return to Zilker Park in Austin, Texas, for the first of its two weekends running October 6th through 8th and October 13th through 15th. The huge festival is renowned around the country, with the event pulling huge names like Jay Z, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Gorillaz, Chance The Rapper, The Killers, and many more. Following the Las Vegas shooting, as CBS Austin reports, Austin City Limits is now offering refunds to those who are still shaken by Sunday’s events and do not want to attend.
This announcement to offer refunds for the well-known music festival was paired with an update on how the Austin police and festival are working together to review plans to ensure attendees’ safety across the two-weekend event. As noted by the same CBS Austin report, more police will be on the ground during Austin City Limits—on foot, bikes, and all-terrain vehicles—and the department has made plans to secure all high-rise apartments and condos that sit along the park where the festival takes place.