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10/13/13…Austin City Limits Music Festival @ Zilker Park, Day Three

I woke up on this rainy Sunday morning still smiling from seeing The Cure the night before.  I had some breakfast, fed my cats, & then hopped on the computer.  As I was scrolling through my Newsfeed on Facebook, I happened to see something about the festival being canceled due to the heavy rains.  The rain never stopped from the night before.  We saw more rain that night than we had seen in 15 years in Austin.  WOW!!  I didn’t want to believe that the fest was actually canceled, so I immediately went to the ACL Festival website to see if it was true.  And this is what was posted:

Weekend Two Sunday Information

AUSTIN – October 13, 2013 – Due to current weather conditions with flash flood warnings, The Austin City Limits Music Festival organizers have canceled the festival for Sunday, October 13.

“Our first priority is always the safety of our fans, staff and artists,” said Shelby Meade, communications director for C3 Presents, the promoter behind Austin City Limits Music Festival. “We regret having to cancel the show today, but safety always comes first.”

Refunds will be issued automatically by check from Front Gate Tickets within three weeks. One-third of ticket price will be refunded to all ticket buyers based on original ticket price paid, and will be mailed to the billing address on the original order. For questions, please visit http://support.frontgatetickets.com.

If you lost something or left an item at Bag & Chair Check, please fill out the form at aclfestival.com/lost and we’ll try to reunite you with your belongings as soon as we can!

Needless to say, I was devastated.  It wasn’t even about getting money back for me.  It was about missing all the great bands that I had planned on seeing that day.  I had planned an amazing Day Three.  This is what I missed out on:

  • Dawes–2:00pm – 3:00pm
  • Grouplove–3:30pm – 4:30pm
  • Divine Fits–4:30pm – 5:30pm
  • The National–5:30pm – 6:30pm
  • Tame Impala–6:30pm – 7:30pm
  • Phoenix–7:00pm – 8:30pm
  • Atoms For Peace–7:40pm – 9:40pm
  • Lionel Richie–8:30pm – 10:00pm

Yeah, I was bummed all day.  To be honest, I’m STILL bummed.  The ACL website later posted this video showing how much flooding really did affect the park:


Granted it does look pretty bad, but I’m still not sure it was bad enough to cancel the entire day.  I’ll never know for sure and I’ll ALWAYS look back on this day with sadness.

10/12/13…Austin City Limits Music Festival @ Zilker Park, Day Two

After a great start to my ACL weekend I was looking forward to an amazing Day Two.  I drove down to the city with the hopes of parking in the Palmer Events Center, but unfortunately the lot was closed again.  When I attempted to park at the Elks Club again, it seemed to already be full, so I decided to just drive around till I found something.  I ended up parking at a lot near Threadgill’s, which is a much further hike.  Because it was so hot out I decided to take a pedi-cab to the park this time.

Mr. Pedi-Cab Driver

Mr. Pedi-Cab Driver

It was a pleasant, although bumpy ride.  As I was walking over to the Bud Light stage to see my first band, I just had to stop and take a photo of this great view of Austin’s skyline.  It was beautiful!!

I got there just in time for Delta Rae.  I wasn’t familiar with this band, but there was nobody else I wanted to see at this time slot, so I figured, ‘What the hell??’  They were more of a country band, so a little bit out of my comfort zone, but they were very good.  They were into their set and they had the crowd into them too.  I liked it.  I didn’t love it, but I liked it.  Before they were over, I made my way over to the Lady Bird stage to get my blanket set up for Portugal. The Man.  I had heard such great things about this band.  I have one of their albums, but I’m not that familiar with all of their songs.  They had a great crowd for their show.  I have to admit though, that I was feeling really exhausted and the sun beating down did not help.  I ended up laying down under my umbrella and I kinda dozed off for a minute.  But I’ll tell ya what woke me up…this incredibly badass cover they did of the Beatles’ “Helter Skelter”.

Yeah, I totally woke up for that.  This band is more of a psychedelic rock band, so this version of the song was so unique and cool.  I really loved it.  And I managed to stay up for the rest of their rocking set.  I wish I had seen the whole thing because my sleeping is no reflection of their performance.  They were great!  When they were done I headed back to the Bud Light stage to catch The Joy Formidable.

Again, this is a band that I am only somewhat familiar with.  I have one of their albums, like it, & was curious to see what they were like live.  There are 3 members: a bassist, drummer, and a great female vocalist/guitarist.  This little blonde girl was so cute!  She was jumping up and down, singing & smiling, but rocking out on that guitar.  I loved it!!  When they were on the last song, I started to walk over to the Samsung Galaxy stage to see Wilco, I looked up at the jumbo tron and saw that the singer had jumped off the stage and was running along the sawhorse blocking off the fans and letting everyone play on her guitar.  I had to stop and watch till the end.  That was very cool. 🙂  Somebody gave her a birthday hat which she kept on until she got back onstage to finish the song.  Not sure if it was actually her birthday, but it was pretty funny.  When they were done, I moved on to see Wilco.  I’m a fan, but not a HUGE fan.  And while I have a ton of their music, I’m not as familiar with all of it as I could be.  So I was really happy to see them play, but I wasn’t exactly blown away.  They’re a pretty mellow band.  Nothing crazy went on.  They did pull out a couple of oldies, but goodies, which I did enjoy.  Here’s their set list:

After they finished playing I ran to grab some food.  I was super excited to see Kendrick Lamar because I had heard such great things about his live shows.  When I started approaching the Honda stage I was left dumbfounded at the amount of people surrounding it.  It was a SEA of people.  I had to take a picture.

Kendrick Lamar Crowd

Kendrick Lamar Crowd

I seriously had not seen a crowd that big yet at the fest.  WOW!!  He had already started playing.  I got there on his 3rd or 4th song.

  1. (Part 1)
  2. (A$AP Rocky cover)
  3. (interlude)
  4. (Part 2)
  5. Encore:

I was impressed right away.  Dude rolls with a live band and they were so GOOD!  He sounded amazing…really as good as he does on record.  But his stage presence is what really impressed me.  He had that crowd in the palm of his hands and he had total control of his audience.  I just couldn’t believe that he was able to get everybody, & I mean EVERYBODY jumping.  This is another fan’s video of the madness.  Check it out:

 

I would love to see this guy perform a full show.  I can only imagine how crazy it would get.  I started walking over to the Lady Bird stage to find my spot for The Cure because I thought Kendrick’s show was over.  And then, I heard his music come back on.  I was pissed because I would have stayed over there if I had thought he would encore.  But the stage lights had come on, so I thought he was done.  Booo!!  But it was pretty difficult to cut across the crowd to get to The Cure’s stage, so I just kept going.  I wasn’t interested in getting super close.  There were just too many people.  So I picked a good spot where I had a nice view of the big screens.  I mostly wanted to be able to enjoy the show without being packed in the crowd.  I had NEVER seen The Cure up until now so this was the moment I had been waiting for!  I was too too excited.  And Robert Smith did NOT let me down.

I mean, REALLY???  Look at that set list!!  I was in heaven, I tell ya!!  I enjoyed every single minute of this show.  And I was so psyched to see how much Robert Smith enjoyed his audience.  He was smiling and dancing around.  It was so great.  About half an hour before their set ended it started to rain…rain HARD!!  Because it was the end of the night and I really didn’t care if I got wet, I didn’t even bother putting up my umbrella.  I just put on my hood and enjoyed the music.  I stayed till the bitter end.  “Boys Don’t Cry” was their final song.  There was no encore.  They just ended there.  It was two hours of bliss.  I was so happy to finally have seen one of my favorite bands.  I was drenched & satisfied!  I actually walked all the way back to my car.  It took me about 40 minutes, but I was always in the midst of a crowd, so it was all good.  The worst part was driving home sopping wet.  I wasn’t looking forward to the next day of mud, but I WAS looking forward to the next day of music.  It would be my biggest day of the weekend..or so I thought!

 

 

10/11/13…Austin City Limits Music Festival @ Zilker Park, Day One

3 day wristband

3 day wristband

 

I made it!

I made it!

This would be my first time attending ACL Fest as a paying guest.  The first three years I attended as a volunteer.  This meant me working a 4 hour shift the morning of the fest and then spending the rest of the day seeing music.  It was great…at first.  But after doing it three years in a row, it became EXHAUSTING!!  I finally made the decision to shell out the 200 plus dollars for a 3-day wristband this year.  The line-up warranted my attention…all I needed to make up my mind was the inclusion of Depeche Mode AND The Cure.  Yeah, I was in!!  I drove downtown thinking I would easily find a parking spot at the Palmer Events Center (a friend suggested this), but the lot was full.  So after driving a little further on Barton Springs I settled on a $25 spot at the Elks Club.  Yikes.  But at least, I was a not-too-far-walk from Zilker Park.  It was fine.  My timing was spot on.  I arrived at the park just in time to see my first band, Jimmy Eat World.

ACL Fest 2013They started with a bang:

They had me at GO!!  I stayed for the entire set.  I really enjoyed how they began and ended their set! And mid-set they played one of my FAVORITE songs by them, “23”…

Jimmy Eat World put on a fun show and they were a great way to start my weekend of music!!  The next band that I wanted to see was fun.  I had a little time between Jimmy and their set time so I decided to grab something to eat and then head over to the Lady Bird stage.  It was pretty packed and I didn’t really feel like trying to get closer to the stage, so I set up my blanket and chilled on the grass.  While I’m a fan of some of their music, I wasn’t completely impressed with the set.  I actually felt a little bored at times.  It’s not because they were boring, I guess they just didn’t completely draw me in.  They were ok, but they’re not a band that I would seek out in the future.  Okkervil River was the next band I had planned to see.  They were performing at the Honda stage (directly next to the Lady Bird stage), so I walked over to hear a bit of their set.  I wasn’t completely into it, so I decided to go back to the Lady Bird stage to see how close I could get for Vampire Weekend.  This picture shows how close I did manage to get…

Vampire Weekend stage set-up

Vampire Weekend stage set-up

I was a happy camper.  This was my second time seeing them, but the first time they only played a 20 minute set.  So I was very very excited to get an hour with them.

 

Their music is pretty high energy, so everyone was dancing around pretty much the entire time.  They are such a FUN live band…MORE fun than “fun.”.  See for yourself:


I had a GREAT time seeing them play again.  I think the one surprise for me was how much the bass player got into the performance.  This man was DANCING!!  I don’t remember him being quite so active the last time I saw them.  He totally put a smile on my face.  I love Vampire Weekend!!  After they were done playing, I had to make a decision, ‘do I go check out part of the Queens Of The Stone Age set?’ or ‘do I stay put and try to get even closer for Depeche Mode??’  This was a very big question.  I hadn’t seen DM for 12 years and I had NEVER seen QOTSA.  I was super torn!!  But I knew if I left my spot at the Lady Bird stage (the same stage Depeche Mode was going to play), I would never get that close again.  Sooo…I decided to skip QOTSA and hang out till DM came on.  Kaskade played at the Honda stage, so I kinda heard that, but to be honest I wasn’t really paying attention.  About 10 minutes before Depeche Mode came on, it started to rain.  I put up my umbrella, to the chagrin of the guys behind me, who continued to mumble about it up until it stopped raining (literally minutes before DM came on) and I put it back down.  I got a nice waterfall on my head when I did put the umbrella down, which these same guys applauded since apparently that same waterfall effect had been drenching them the whole time I had my umbrella up.  Ooops.  lol  Anyway, I was soo very happy when DM came out.  I had never been this close at any of the shows I had been to.  So this was a special treat.  Yes, they are older and yes it shows, but I’m sorry, Dave Gahan is super sexy.  And he has so much fun on stage shaking his ass and flirting with the audience.  He’s such a ham.  It was GREAT to get such a close view of his stage antics.

I couldn’t get over how amazing they still sounded.  I was thoroughly impressed and even more impressed at how deep they dug into their library of music.  They played a couple of songs off of their new album, but they also satisfied their long-time fans (like me) with some great oldies.

It was an incredible set.  I was literally on cloud nine at the end of the show.  The weirdest thing that happened while they were playing was when this girl (who had kinda shared my umbrella with me) fainted during the show.  I wasn’t paying attention to her, but all of a sudden there was a whole bunch of commotion next to me. In fact, this guy stepped on me so, annoyed, I looked over to see what the hell was going on and that’s when I saw her laid out on the ground.  I guess she was drunk and probably dehydrated to the point that she just passed out.  Scary.  This guy handled it, got her water and then she seemed to be better.  But it got pretty freaky for a minute there!!  Back to the show.  It was a sing-a-long, hit-packed set.  Here was one of the highlights:

I would say that my first day was a great way to start the weekend!