As you can tell by the barrage of posts recently, we have jumped head first into ACL Festival coverage with tons of previews, guides, and recommendations. Today I am kicking off my yearly feature of Gimme 5 playlists with several performing artists selecting 5 of their favorite songs from other bands playing the festival. Last year seemed like a rousing success so I sent out a ton of these this year to collect a varying perspective on performing acts. My very first feature comes from our local friends in Ley Line. Hit the jump for their playlist and some words on each song.
If you can believe it, (I can’t) we’re less than a month away from two weekends of crazy fun at Zilker Park once again. Whether you’re a veteran fester or new to Austin City Limits Music Festival, we’re here to try and help you navigate a few days in the still-too-hot-for-October-Texas Sun with a few hundred thousand of your closest friends. Click past the jump to check out five of my must see bands, both obvious choices and more under the radar acts. You can buy your tickets / passes here.
Not interested in spending all day in the sun to see you faves? Like seeing bands in the festival environment AND smaller venues? The ACL Late Night Shows are for you.
Full List will be below after the jump, but here are some faves:
10/3 & 10/4 Gary Clark Jr @ Stubbs Waller Creek Amphitheater
10/3 FIDLAR w/ XETAS @ Scoot Inn
10/5 Golden Dawn Arkestra @ Stubbs Waller Creek Amphitheater
10/5 IDLES @ Mohawk
10/5 Jenny Lewis w/ Cherry Glazerr @ Scoot Inn
10/13 Orville Peck w/ Louisianna Purchase @ Scoot Inn
Yes. They are available. Already. At present, you can get the collectible version of a three-day GA at the same price as a wristband only. Also, there appears to be a new wristband tagged as GA+ for those that do not want to drop full coin for a VIP wristband just to get a bottle of water or hide from the sun.
It was a solid year for the Austin City Limits Music Festival. It was one of the best overall lineups in years. Better weather would have been nice, but what can you do about the weather (besides carbon offsets, public transportation, solar, efficiency audits, etc).
Sunday was the chill day for ATH for ACL WE2. I wasn’t approved by St. Vincent or Arctic Monkeys. Day six was even steamier than I would like to remember. Consider the wall hit, but it by will alone I set my mind in motion….and Janelle Monae’s extraordinary presence.
Weekend Two, Friday, thoughts, photos.
Brian and I went and got sweaty for you, day four for B, but he had the cameras and pit access this time around.
As you likely know, many of your faithful ATH crew members ventured out this weekend to take part in this thing called Austin City Limits Festival. Have you heard of it? It’s kind of a big deal. As always, the festival was run smooth like a baby’s bottom and a good time was had by all. Part of what we do to earn our keep is to offer opinions on the music side of things and overall thoughts/concerns from the weekend. Each member of the team who attended this weekend will share their own opinions.
Follow the jump for more from me and Nicole with a little gallery from around the grounds by bgray.
One of the artists who will only be playing Weekend One of ACL is the always brilliant Sharon Van Etten. And, just in line with her performance, she’s announced a brand new album today. It offers a bit of a different vibe then where we last found her…and I’m still drawn to the power of her voice; she’s got this subtle range that I don’t think she gets credit for too often. Plus, while there’s still an element of dark undertones, the driving force behind the first single opens up the song to a more emphatic, almost anthemic, punch. Remind Me Tomorrow will be out on January 18th of next year. Catch her on 10/6 if you’re in Austin at the ACL.
One week! We’re one week away from another weekend of fun times, great tunes, tasty beverages and tastier foods at Austin City Limits 2018. Have you figured out which bag you’re going to take to comply with the new bag rules? Have you scoped out the list of food vendors so you know what local restaurant you’re gonna support when you stumble through a crowd of hungry people for the goods (hello, yes, I’ll take 8 orders of Kimchi fries plz)? Do you have appropriate rain shoes/gear on deck for when Zilker inevitably becomes a mudpit at the first drop of rain? No? Get to stepping, the time is almost here and to the best of my knowledge our Amazon overlords won’t be delivering to the fest via drone. On a musical note, I’ve got a preview for you today of some performances that I’m expecting to be dynamic and exciting not only because of the sweet tunes they’ll be playing, but because of the men and women who will be commanding the stage. Read after the jump for this lady’s hot take on which performance are must-see for weekend one.