The British rock band Mumford and Sons summed up the Austin City Limits festival during their performance Sunday night stating, “This might be my favorite festival in the world.”
National Rock Review attended the second weekend of the music festival that took place from October 07 – 09 at Zilker Park in Austin, Texas. The first festival was held in 2002 as a two-day event with five stages, 67 bands, and 42,000 attendees. This is the 15th anniversary and is a six-day event with eight stages, 130 bands, and an estimated 450,000 attendees.
The top bands for Friday were Radiohead, Major Lazer, Flume, M83, Band of Horses, Foals, Die Antwoord, Cold War Kids, and Awolnation. Saturday included performances by Kendrick Lamar, Kygo, The Chainsmokers, Cage The Elephant, Schoolboy Q, Two Door Cinema Club, LL Cool J, City and Colour, and Catfish and the Bottlemen.
Sunday finished the festival with Mumford and Sons, LCD Soundsystem, Willie Nelson, HAIM, Porter Robinson and Madeon, Young the Giant, Local Natives, Nathaniel Rateliff and The Night Sweats, Miike Snow, and St. Paul and the Broken Bones.
In addition to the music performances, ACL Music Festival offers other activities. Austin Kiddie Limits provides creative and informative activities for children and parents where kids can participate and learn about music, as well as music performances geared towards children. ACL Eats Food Court offers food and drinks from local restaurants. ACL Art Market has original art and accessories from local and national artists. ACL Cares provides a space where organizations can pass on their message and information; some examples are Anthropos Arts, HeadCount, Keep Austin Beautiful, and Love Hope Strength.
Event Date: 07/09-Oct-2016