Austin City Limits Festival has decided to hold on to the momentum established last year making some bold choices for artists from top to bottom. Guns and Roses are the truly random selection that will be either a spectacle or a spectacle; I’m hoping for the best, but the random thing would be seeing “Live Or Let Die” two years in a row with fireworks. Other artists we will be locked in on – The Cure, Idles, Tame Impala, Thom Yorke Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes, The Raconteurs, FIDLAR, Cherry Glazerr, Men I Trust and randoms.
I am sure there will be more developments as we get closer. Wristbands on sale at 12pm CT. Let’s get weird.
Admittedly, all the huge buzz leaks out as all the kids party on Weekend One, so attending Weekend Two for the first time, I was curious as to whether or not it could keep the same vibe from its predecessor. Surprisingly, the fest didn’t seem to miss a beat.
We have photos from around the grounds, randoms and portraits, friends and colleagues, bootlickers and signs. We also have plenty of notes rehashing last week’s favorites and highlighting the changes, so read on for highlights.
The Final round from the photo pit, but first a love letter…
Hopefully, you know the feeling you get when you are on a good team, when all types of different people come together and get things done. Now, my fellow Austin music photographers weren’t shooting for the same outlet. In fact, we mostly compete for your views, but the reality is that each in the group takes care of the other. Whether it is an extra water, pepto tabs, pickle run or a spare memory card, it makes festival life awesome. Truly talented and happy to have them as colleagues and, more importantly, friends. When the Sound on Sound announcement landed, we were crushed, not just for the organizers, but also to lose that chance to just be together all doing what we love.
…and bitching about something the whole way.
Today’s gallery features Deap Vally, Melat, Middle Kids, Charlotte Cardin, Rainbow Kitten Surprise, Whitney, Caitlyn Smith, DRAM, First Aid Kit, Run The Jewels, Portugal. The Man and Gorillaz.
I got photo coverage started with a little gallery in our ACL Weekend One Recap. For me, Weekend One was all about the head down grind of chasing photos. Modern problems, I know, but it is hustling from pit to pit, sweating, lining up to make sure you gain access, attempting to keep everything clean enough and not have dirt ruin “the shot” and not having a panic attack knowing you have three songs to get it all right. It is a strange way to take in a music festival, often oblivious to the actual music as sensory depravation takes over and you enter a tunnel through the viewfinder.
…and loving every minute of it.
The Friday edition includes The Wild Now, Methyl Ethel, (Sandy) Alex G, The Aces, Hamilton Leithauser, Mutemath, Crystal Castles, Lukas Nelson, Bonobo and The XX.
Here come some big updates to the festival. Austin City Limits Festival made some rather big layout changes last year and they were warmly received. By moving the Cirrus Logic stage (rock island) away from that central location, a big traffic jam was removed and the addition of wine lounge was a hit for my wife-product.
Those changes have now led to more changes. The park is getting bigger for the first time. The Cirrus Logic stage is going to actually closer to Barton Springs and getting the Barton Springs moniker. The Barton Springs Rd. entrance will now be split, east and west and the Barton Springs stage tucked in between adding acreage to the grounds. Along with this bigger change, the other smaller stages are getting shuffled around a bit in hopes of cutting down sound spillover down and improving sound quality. They are adding another merch area and increasing the Eats in the park. Finally, we have the added Silent Disco in the Tito’s tent that used to sit idle late in the evening and during headliners. If you think the headliners suck, but you have to wait for your friends to share the Uber back to the car, you can dance with fest provided headphones.
Full details (plus platinum band changes $$$) here.
The other big update is the list of Official Late Night Shows. Go peruse the available bands and locales to decide your purchase at 10am on Friday.
We have been setting you up with interviews, and a few news posts and some fun previews. Let’s get down to business. These are the things that will help you survive ACL. After the break you will get information that will make you feel like a seasoned pro at festing, updates on food and vendors around the grounds and plenty more.
Team ATH has a combined thirty eight years of ACL experience. You can trust us…
Have a schedule conflict? Love Love Love one artist too much? Want to see someone on a big stage and then a small stage? Didn’t bother getting a wristband, but still want to see some of the bands in town for ACL? Done.
Most of the ACL Late Night shows will go on sale this week on Thursday to E-List members confirmed by today at noon and Friday to the public. Highlights you should consider are Leon Bridges at The Parish, TV on the Radio at Emo’s, Danzig (really?) at Stubb’s, The Decemberists at ACL Live and Alt-J w/San Fermin at Austin Music Hall. Full list after the jump, y’all.
Not to be out done by FFFX, ACL Fest has released the daily lineups and opened the store for single day tix. With all three day passes sold out, this is your only access to the fest barring you get brave and start jumping fences (i.e. get slapped around by security).
As for the daily lineups, Friday is pretty stacked with several of the festival band faves for Team ATH with Foo Fighters, Tame Impala, Gary Clark Jr., Albert Hammond Jr. and Mr. Billy Idol. The Strokes will finish out the fest on Sunday and Saturday seems a good night to get aftershow tickets and bail out early.
Buy your single day tickets here. Check the daily lists, Weekend One and Weekend Two.
Well here it is folks, ACL Festival starts tomorrow and ATH will be signing off about this time tomorrow. Before you head out the door, check out another interview from festival act Empires. We’ll of course have a few more interviews coming your way after the weekend with full recap of the events. Follow the jump for interview.
When taking the first look at the ACL Schedule for each weekend, I tend to first see the conflicts in headliners. Luckily, we are fairly conflict free this year, we’ll get into that more soon enough. How about we take a look at a few of the artists put in the early spots? The cool morning grass, the wide expanses to roam and the vendors still relaxed before the dude-bro crush all add up to a child-like wonderment with the scale of the empty festival giving you the this all-for-me feeling. This year’s ATH Approved Early Bird Artists will create the soundtrack for your barefoot dance party.