Well the end is here.
There were plenty of doubts going into the festival which you probably have heard: “Who the f are these headliners?” “Are they gonna be able to sell two full weekends??” In general, the weekend proved while we are no Coachella… we like it that way. Almost every artist commented on how much they loved Austin (seemed like everyone had a shoutout to SXSW) – I’m pretty sure HAIM even asked why they hadn’t moved here yet. Thank you ACL… you really never disappoint.
These are my strongest impressions of ACL.. and if you saw similar shows, you can probably relate to a bunch of them:
Ezra Keonig from Vampire Weekend is sexy even in a jumpsuit (he knows it too)
Purity Ring has the most hipster version of a drumset (lighting up orbs? I mean come on)
HAIM … “so what if we’re on like 1000 drugs when our music is damn good”
The overwhelming adult to youth ratio at Wilco proves we never have to stop going to these things
Although KOL played basically all new stuff, all any of us really needed to hear was Knocked Up, On Call, and TJG for it to be worth it
The lead singer of MS MR’s lime green hair >>>>>>>
Dawes will be making it big in about .5 seconds
Grouplove proved Cheetah bodysuits are still a thing (worn best with hightop converse)
You can’t hang with Phoenix unless you’re down to crowdsurf (gopro in hand)
- Favorite bands of the weekend: Local Natives, HAIM, Dawes, Phoenix
Koozie’s are your best friend
On that note… Be prepared to sell your soul for the price of beer
There’s not a thing you can do about being 5’4
Hitting the merch tent on a Sunday will leave you with a whole bunch of XS’s
Navigating the maze of lawn chairs is an art form mastered by none
& — a special shout out to pledge rides
Cheers to the best weekend of the year my friends.