In the past, the Austin City Limits music festival has been consolidated within 3 days (one weekend). This year for the first time, the ACL officials decided to create two weekends of musical bliss [much like the Coachella festival] for the local and many traveling music lovers. I had to chance to experience weekend 2.
Day 1: Friday was spectacular; on my agenda was Kaskade (top of the list), Arctic Monkeys, Local Natives, Jake Bugg, Wild Belle, and a few others. If you’re a fan of any of these musical acts, you would have definitely appreciated them. Since the line-up was released I was highly anticipating DJ Kaskades set; and it was totally worth waiting for considering [he] played a wide variety of early songs and plenty off his latest album [Atmosphere]. During the same time of Kaskade’s set was the Arctic Monkeys show, this was a difficult decision for the many music lovers. The Arctic Monkeys show was extremely impressive, each of the band members were on point and the performance itself was enough to make a new listener fall in love. Closer towards the end of the night, rain poured down onto the crowds making the experience much of a ‘festival’ feel.
Day 2: Unlike Friday, larger crowds of music lovers flood Zilker Park on Saturday. Tons of big name artist played the stages that night such as : The Cure, Kendrick Lamar, Kings of Leon, Wilco, and many more. I was very lucky to catch most of these sets. My absolute favorite performance hands down was the Kendrick show. Tons of fans gathered around the Honda stage just to see Lamars set. The crowd was definitely loving every moment of it; perhaps the officials could have scheduled him at the main stage instead. The closer of the night was The Cure; who gave a truly incredible performance. Unfortunantly the weather wasn’t in favor of the festivities, and Day 3 Sunday was cancelled due to severe thunderstorm warnings.
Even if you might of missed both weekends of ACL, there is live footage online (definitely worth checking out).