They say a picture’s worth a thousand words. In the case of the Austin City Limits Music Festival, it’s more like a novel. The size, scope, scale, and energy of ACL Music Fest 2017 can’t be captured in words alone. You need to see it to believe it.
Whether you missed Weekend One or want to relive its standout moments, this is for you. Our focus–as always–is on the local side of the festival, especially on our local musicians. Shining a light on hyperlocal has been The Austinot’s mission for nearly six years now, and it always will be.
➡️ Keep reading: “Ultimate Guide to Local Artists at Austin City Limits Music Festival 2017”
ACL Music Fest: Friday
Friday of Weekend One started quiet and still, like the calm before a tornado. Zilker Park felt like a ticking alarm clock. Everything was chill, but lingering in the background was the knowledge that the park would soon be swept into a maelstrom. Local bands The Wild Now, legendary Asleep at the Wheel, and Carson McHone eased early concert-goers into a weekend of non-stop music.
As the morning sunk into afternoon, MISSIO and Band of Heathens righteously represented Austin music. As the clock ticked towards evening, Zilker Park swelled with fans and families recently released from work, who were ready to start the weekend off right.
ACL Music Fest: Saturday
The morning of Day Two brought the same heat and sunshine as Day One. Mobley energized the early morning crowd with exciting audience participation, while CAPYAC made everyone breakfast. Literally. In the midst of their pancake shenanigans, they delivered a body-shaking set of intense funk, groove, and boogie.
When the clock hit 3 p.m. on Saturday afternoon, Zilker began to swell with concert-goers. Threatening clouds rolled in. While the forecast was rain-free, the cloud cover made for a nervous vibe. Luckily, the front cancelled out the sun, making it easier to comfortably listen to the middle of the Saturday ACL Music Fest lineup.
As dusk fell and the park filled to capacity, music was everywhere. Most of crowd were already camped out in front of their stage of choice, awaiting the headliners. But those of us determined to wander found ourselves wrapped in a musical slideshow. For me, the fun of festivals is the sense of discovery, and ACL Music Fest 2017 has been no exception.
ACL Music Fest: Sunday
The final day of ACL Music Fest Weekend One was an absolute scorcher. Lines at the re-hydration stations were long, as everybody prepared for the final day of music. Local R&B singer Melat represented Austin with a powerful, soulful set in the shade of the Tito’s Stage.
As the afternoon moved into evening, the ACL Music Fest crowd swelled to near-capacity. Of the three days, Sunday felt the busiest. One last weekend gasp of phenomenal music, before diving back into Monday’s routine.
Weekend One of Austin City Limits Music Festival 2017 was an exhausting, exhilarating three days of music, entertainment, and old-school hanging out. Who’s ready for Weekend Two?
@theAustinot wants to know:
How did you spend ACL Fest Weekend One?