Austin City Limits Music Festival enters second weekend

A Texas institution, Austin City Limits Music Festival returns for its second weekend.

The Austin City Limits Music Festival (ACL Fest) enters the second weekend of its 2014 edition in the beautiful Zilker Park in Austin, Texas on October 10. This is the second year the festival is taking place over two consecutive weekends of pure musical rush. 

The line up, just like the first weekend, includes electrifying performances by popular artists juxtaposed with new artists you would have never heard of, spanning multiple genres. The festival has gradually opened itself to artists beyond its rock and country roots, inviting electronic, dance music, pop, hip-hop and much more. 

Performing over three days from October 10-12 on various stages would be Beck, Outkast, Belle & Sebastion, Foster The People, Childish Gambino, Paolo Nutini, Sam Smith, Chvrches, St Vincent, Spoon, Interpol, Jimmy Cliff, Lorde, Eminem, Skrillex, Lana Del Ray, Iggy Azalea, Icona Pop, Pearl Jam, Calvin Harris, Zedd, Mac DeMarco, The Head And The Heart, and the list goes on.

Weekend 1

The first weekend has been reported to be a massive hit with several mind blowing, provocative, versatile, intriguing and impressive performances by both known and lesser known musicians. Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder enthralled the crowd with his acoustic take on the John Lennon classic Imagine as well as Neil Young’s Rockin’ In The Free World.

Headlining the festival, American rapper Eminem doused his fans in his power-packed words, doling out cult favorites such as The Real Slim Shady and Without Me. Outkast opened their set with the crowd favorite B.O.B., followed by a few tracks from their 1998 album Aquemini.

Lana Del Ray’s melancholic voice drifted through the atmosphere as she sang Cola, Body Electric, Born To Die and Summertime Sadness, to which people sang along passionately. 

Band performances, such as that of The Replacements, St Vincent, Lake Street Drive and many other fresh voices kept the crowds engrossed in the varying levels of energy, intention and exposure to never heard before melodic mysteries.

The preparations

For the first time this year, attendees of the ACL Fest can hook their credit cards up to their wristbands for cashless purchases, the same system that is being used at Lollapalooza in Chicago. In order to register for ACL Cashless, you just have to activate your wristband, which will enable you to easily pay for goods, food, merchandize and more on site at the Festival.

ACL Fest has also offered to cover cab tabs, with free Uber rides this weekend. Along with the musical performance, the park has also accommodated food and drinks, an art market, and a play area for kids and families. For more details on the festival and how to get around there, click here.

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