Saturday was amazingly sunny, but also really hot. As someone trekking back and forth all over the festival grounds and being pretty darn hot, one can only imagine what it is like to be up on stage. Today was a nice eclectic mix of bands and the one best option if it’s super hot and you are going to ACL is to bring a swimsuit and take a dip in Barton Springs Pool. The pool is open and within walking distance so make a note for next time, if it’s blistering hot next year, bring or wear your suit underneath.
The cool thing is that it is normally super crowded on any weekend at the pool, but since parking is not accessible during the festival, it’s not crowded at all and is the perfect time to take a break and cool off.
First up on Saturday was FIDLAR, who definitely didn’t hold anything back for their noon set.
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It was some blistering full on rock and it was good to hear their new tracks from their recent release, Too played live.
Next we checked out Bee Caves which is a local Austin band and it was a nice set and their sound is really great live – they have a great airy folky rock vibe going on. (Sorry the picture is not that great).
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One of our favorite sets of the day was seeing San Fermin live again. They seem to get better with each performance, as the last time was in March at SXSW and they have been touring a ton with Alt-J so it makes since they would just keep getting better together after so many live performances. We can only imagine how hot it was for them, in all black with the sun staring straight on stage.
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Next up was a break to the pool – yes it had to be done and it was so refreshing – here is a quick shot of how sparse the pool is during ACL. Normally, each side of the lawn is filled with people when it is hot enough to swim. Pro-tip is to bring cash as they do not take credit cards.
While I was taking a dip, Gabe was getting awesome shots of Father John Misty whose live set was energetic and blisteringly awesome. The photos really speak for themselves.
Moving on to Austin’s own Shakey Graves who never misses an opportunity to put on a crowd pleasing show (including smashing his guitar at the end). He rocks hard and never disappoints. It’s always great to have awesome Austin based talent play ACL.
I checked out Sturgill Simpson while Gabe was shooting Twenty One Pilots. I have no photo of Mr. Simpson but he also put on a super crowd pleasing show and a grand finale as well. The crowds just kept on growing by this time as it started to get a little difficult to maneuver around. Twenty One Pilots was awesome as usual.
Next up is Walk The Moon who grew a really large crowd and could have easily been placed on one of the larger stages. Their set was super energetic and it was verbally noted that it was really hot up on stage by Mr. Petricca. It was a great set though and there were quite a few fans jumping around and moving.
We tried to catch the last of UMO, but their set was already finished after fighting through the crowds. Next up I caught Modest Mouse (sorry with no photos) while Gabe hit up A$AP Rocky. Even though Modest Mouse was on the completely opposite side of the festival as the rapper, he was still easily heard during their set which might be the only gripe for Modest Mouse fans.
Before Modest Mouse was over, I had to catch a few songs by José González yet I was too far back to get a decent photo. He played on one of the smaller stages and yet the crowd was large and his famous guitar plucking and vocals were very pleasing to everyone under the Tito’s Handmade Vodka tent.
For the ACL Festival, the music is one thing, but it’s also great to experience the festival in full. Here are a few shots to help you see the scope of the festival and just how cool the experience really is (including the fans). Check in the slider below for all of the rest of the band photos, and check back tomorrow for our final day recap.
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