The infamous Austin City Limits Music Festival kicked off its first weekend Oct. 4 and although it’s was the hottest ACL in history that didn’t stop fans from seeing their favorite artists sets.
With 7 different stages ACL brings artists from all over from smaller-name artists to chart-topping headliners. In between sets fans were able to stop by the ACL Eats areas to grab a bite of local Austin food business as well as stop by the various hydration stations to fill up their reusable water bottles to beat the Texas heat.
Day one started off with acts like the rock band The Amazons, FIDLAR, indie-pop artist King Princess, Grammy-nominated K.Flay, British electronic music artist TroyBoi and RL Grime. Ending the night was Australian psychedelic rock artist Tame Impala at the main Honda stage. The legendary Guns N’ Roses ended the night at the big American Express stage as well bringing together fans of all ages to watch their two and a half hour set.
Day two brought even more excitement with artists such as Night Cap, Flora Cash, Taylor Bennett, FINNEAS, Sigrid, Patrick Droney, Kali Uchis and Hippie Sabotage just to name a few. Billie Eilish took over ACL with an amazing performance with nothing holding her back – not even the cast boot on her foot, rocking neon green from head to toe at the iconic Honda stage. Bringing together thousands of fans for ballads, mosh-pits, and of course her chart-topping singles. 21 Savage hyped up the crowd during his hour set at the T-Mobile stage. Ending day two was Childish Gambino, who has performed at ACL a multitude of time, with a high energy and fan interaction performance at the American Express Stage. Also ending the night was famous rock band The Cure with a two-hour set.
The sun, and possible exhaustion, didn’t stop anyone from going off the final day of weekend one. Beginning the day was an amazing performance by contemporary R&B-pop artist Kevin Garrett along with a vocal power performance from Julia Jacklin. Indie-pop artist The Japanese House blew the crowd away at the Vrbo stage. Pop artist Bea Miller still gave a fantastic performance at the Miller Lite stage despite a few equipment technical difficulties in the beginning.
Mumford and Sons gave an electrifying and memorable two-hour performance to end the first weekend of ACL as well as Cardi B giving a (quite literally) ground-shaking performance at the Honda stage, although some fans were not very happy after she started 30 minutes late. The most iconic performance of the night has to go to chart-topping queen and Texas native, Lizzo, bringing over 40,000 fans to her set that definitely shows she will be needing a bigger stage next time.
Although this year’s ACL weekend was a record breaking heat for the festival, there was no stopping the fans and music lovers from having a good time. ACL Weekend Two begins tomorrow so be sure to check the ACL website for the schedule and all the information you need for the weekend.