Here is our last ACL Festival Recap post. Sunday was the last day for the ACL Festival and the end of two pretty great weekends. Sunday was another great day of quality bands that all played before 5pm. There were also a couple of surprise stand out performances we were excited about. Sunday was probably the hottest day of the weekend. You would think by October, even in Texas that it would have cooled down a bit, but that wasn’t the case this year. At least we were lucky to have no rain either weekend of the festival.
The day started early with the awesome synth pop of Beat Connection. They put on a great show and the crowd was ready for great music even with an early slot time.
Next up was a surprise performance from indie folk family band The Hunts.
The Hunts are made up of eight brothers and sisters Jessi, Jenni, Josh, Johnathan, Jordan, Justin and Jamison Hunt. Ranging from ages 17 to 26 they are all talented in their own right and their live performance is something special. They even play the “dining room chair” during their set which adds that extra percussion. Their album Those Younger Days is definitely worth checking out.
Moving to the next band which was Americana duo Mandolin Orange. They played a lovely set and for just a duo, they still project a strong sound on stage.
Trekking over to the Austin Ventures stage we saw Austin based band by way of Iceland, Kaleo. They were fantastic live. They are currently on tour – so if you dig their stellar indie rock sound, be sure and catch them live yourself. You can check out tour dates here.
Sheppard was one of our surprise finds and we did not realize that the band that sing the following song you have most likely heard before were playing ACL. It was a nice surprise of course catching them when they are about to play Geronimo and getting the crowd completely jumping up and down. Their performance was definitely energetic and awesome.
Spirit Family Reunion played on the BMI stage, which actually had some of the best surprise acts of the weekend. They had an awesome and fun stage presence and they brought the spirit into their live set for sure.
BØRNS is an awesome creator of harmonious and hooky pop. He had a massive crowd and played an awesome set which made us curious to see how his live set would translate to the crowds. It was also great hearing Electric Love played live.
By this time everyone is looking for shade, and what is called “The Tree” will have people camped out underneath it for the entire day as it’s the only tree that is in the middle of the festival.
Pretty close to the tree is the BMI Stage and Steelism was next. Steelism are an all instrumental band but their sound evokes emotion and their new EP The Drawing Room, Vol. 1 is pretty awesome. It’s always great to have new songs to add to your instrumental playlists, and these guys definitely make the cut.
Next up is the ever awesome Alt-J and they put on a great set with a massive crowd. Luckily we had Gabe taking photos so we could share some sweet shots.
The crowds are here, and they showed up for Hozier. The Irishman put on a memorable set for everyone involved and has proven his talent after breaking out worldwide in 2013 with “Take Me to Church”.
The closer of the night is the ever talented Florence + The Machine. She commands a stage presence and put on an amazing show. It was a great end to a great 3 days of awesome music. It’s also kind of sad, too because you know you have to wait another 12 months for next year’s festival. At least we only have about 6 months to wait until the 2016 lineup is announced. Oh, and then there is SXSW in between. Austin really is one of the best places to live for live music.