Early on Friday afternoon, ACL seemed as though it would suffer the same fate as this year’s Lollapalooza as the sky broke open and poured heavy rain. Festivalgoers ran down Barton Springs toward Zilker Park in white tanks and neon shorts, mud splashing up on their calves.
The 10th anniversary of the ACL Festival has brought headliners Arcade Fire, Stevie Wonder, My Morning Jacket, Coldplay and Kanye West, the latter two who will play tonight.
Today, Foster The People took to the Google+ stage where a hearty portion of festivalgoers gathered to see what these “Pumped Up Kicks” people were all about. Not sure this was the best stage for their performance; when FTP were first added to the ACL lineup, they were beginning their popularity ascent. Now that the band’s name is as recognizable as other acts at higher billing, the Northwest area of the park was crammed with an inane amount of sweaty, cheerful people, unknowingly dancing to a song about a trigger-happy outcast.
As night fell on the Austin Ventures stage, soulful Sara Bareilles recalled a conversation she had with a police officer earlier in the day, noting that people never fight at ACL, and promptly requested the audience to get in a fight. It didn’t go over too well, so she launched into a peppy cover of Mumford & Sons’ “Little Lion Man.”
“Is there anybody out there? Did we make it to Austin City Limits?” Chris Martin asked the massive crowd gathered at the AMD stage before singing famed hit “Yellow” and a slow-paced version of “In My Place.”
10 minutes to Kanye West’s set, a bridge of people stood between the AMD and Bud Light stages, trying to get the best of both headliners’ sets. People walked to Kanye humming Coldplay songs, and vice versa. (more…)