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Festival Recap: With Paul McCartney, Travis Scott, Janelle Monae and close to a dozen local acts lead the way at Austin City Limits Weekend Two

Photos by Brian Benton and Ryan Rose
Words by Ryan Rose

As another summer of festivals comes to an end, the legendary Austin City Limits continues to exceed music lovers expectations and be one of the most seamless, well-planned, talent-filled festivals.

Throughout the years, the festival has helped define Austin for what it is: Live Music Capital of the World. Since its start nearly 17 years ago, the festival has grown from a whopping 42,000 to nearly 75,000 per weekend. Along with the numbers, the festival has delivered a diverse line up tending to every millennial and baby-boomers taste. This year, we were showcased with long standing legends like Paul McCartney and Metallica as well as newly discovered gems like the Relatives and Duncan Fellows. Over the years, we watched as ACL constantly adjusted, growing accustomed to societies continuous motion and new fads.

It was a fun week, as we literally sprinted from stage to stage, catching as many artists as we could fit into out timeline. Out hopping around, led us to experiencing a diversified mix up of all the genres as well as intertwining into the culture, food, and art spread amongst the festival grounds. Although we were fans of just about everything, we had to sum up our top favorite ACL moments and features.

The Wombats

The Blancos

Travis Scott

Yungblud

Tinashe

ACL Day Three

FOOD FOOD FOOD

One thing that ACL consistently brings and always kicks all other festivals off the map is that damn good food. Everyone and their mother knows how wonderful of a foodie city Austin is. With over 30 different food vendors, their menus adjust to just about every lifestyle available. Whether you’re Vegan, Keto, Paleo, or maybe their is some diet where you only eat BBQ; You’ll find complete bliss with all the local options planted across the festival grounds! With popular joints like Torchy’s Tacos, Micklewait Craft Meats, Juiceland, and East Side Kings, you’d be crazy to arrive to the festival on a full stomach.

FASHION

ACL is no Coachella when it comes to fashion, and that’s a good thing. One thing I’ve noticed as I walked across the festival grounds, is the subtleness of everyones style. Unlike that of some festivals, ACL seems to draw a more modest crowd whom genuinely would rather spend their money on merchandise, that supported their favorite band instead of some $500 dollar, flashy festival outfit. As much as I think expressing yourself through accessories is important, I think it tends to take away from the core concept of the festival: the music.

MUSIC

One extraordinary part of Austin, is all the great music consistently being put out. This year, ACL featured over 10 local Austin-ite bands and musicians playing between both weekend one and two. JACKIE VENSON, KYDD JONES, GOLDEN DAWN ORCHESTRA are just a few to name, whom are up and coming acts. Also featured amongst both weekends, is local favorite SHAKEY GRAVES, who had humbly gave his sweet hometown a shoutout during the middle of his set.

The National

What’s not to love about Scottish, synth-pop trio CHVRCHES? Every time I hear Lauren Mayberry’s sweet Scottish accent, part of me want to run up on stage and give her the world’s biggest hug. Aside from that, the band showcases some of the strongest energy across the audience while delivering a dazzling light show. It’s no wonder how the band has gained a popular reputation amongst the live performance scene. Lauren Mayberry also joined THE NATIONAL on stage for a song during their set on Friday.

As JANELLE MONAE sat in her thrown, I felt as if I was in the presence of royalty. This award winning, R&B queen, was a performance not to be missed. Janelle Monae is one powerful female, who sets nothing but a strong, dynamic energy for her audience. Strong vocals, delicate lyrics, and a fiery stage presence are a few key features that have helped her grow a firm place into the music scene today.

Janelle Monae

As expected, PAUL MCCARTNEY’s performance brought just about every festival-goers to their feet. As I glanced around, fans of all ages whispered in unison, the beloved “nah nah nah nah’s” in ‘Hey Jude’. It’s crazy to think McCartney has been around for 76 years. With as much enthusiasm and love he showcases in his performances, you’d never guess he was a day over 25. Throughout his performance, he dabbled into to Solo and Beatles songs, hitting a bit of every era of his career. By just the end of the first night, I knew the long, lasting Beatle had instantly become a peak highlight for the week.

Although it is gone, our beloved time spent on the Zilker park grounds will not be forgotten. All and all, our expectations were exceeded this year, leaving a more than elated impact on us that’ll carry over for weeks to come. Thank you Austin, for Keeping It Weird, and we look forward to catching you next year!

Travis Scott

Bishop Briggs

Hozier

Brockhampton

The Arkells

Lily Allen

Fans at Hozier

Odesza

Japanese Breakfast

Blood Orange

Disturbed

Justice

Sylvan Esso

ACL Day One

Janelle Monae

Tinashe

Vince Staples

Brian Benton
Brian is the founder and editor of Respect Your Youngers. He currently lives in New York City, and previously lived in St. Louis and San Francisco. He enjoys public transportation and coffee, and can be found online at brianfbenton.com

Festival Recap: With Paul McCartney, Travis Scott, Janelle Monae and close to a dozen local acts lead the way at Austin City Limits Weekend Two

Photos by Brian Benton and Ryan Rose
Words by Ryan Rose

As another summer of festivals comes to an end, the legendary Austin City Limits continues to exceed music lovers expectations and be one of the most seamless, well-planned, talent-filled festivals.

Throughout the years, the festival has helped define Austin for what it is: Live Music Capital of the World. Since its start nearly 17 years ago, the festival has grown from a whopping 42,000 to nearly 75,000 per weekend. Along with the numbers, the festival has delivered a diverse line up tending to every millennial and baby-boomers taste. This year, we were showcased with long standing legends like Paul McCartney and Metallica as well as newly discovered gems like the Relatives and Duncan Fellows. Over the years, we watched as ACL constantly adjusted, growing accustomed to societies continuous motion and new fads.

It was a fun week, as we literally sprinted from stage to stage, catching as many artists as we could fit into out timeline. Out hopping around, led us to experiencing a diversified mix up of all the genres as well as intertwining into the culture, food, and art spread amongst the festival grounds. Although we were fans of just about everything, we had to sum up our top favorite ACL moments and features.

The Wombats

The Blancos

Travis Scott

Yungblud

Tinashe

ACL Day Three

FOOD FOOD FOOD

One thing that ACL consistently brings and always kicks all other festivals off the map is that damn good food. Everyone and their mother knows how wonderful of a foodie city Austin is. With over 30 different food vendors, their menus adjust to just about every lifestyle available. Whether you’re Vegan, Keto, Paleo, or maybe their is some diet where you only eat BBQ; You’ll find complete bliss with all the local options planted across the festival grounds! With popular joints like Torchy’s Tacos, Micklewait Craft Meats, Juiceland, and East Side Kings, you’d be crazy to arrive to the festival on a full stomach.

FASHION

ACL is no Coachella when it comes to fashion, and that’s a good thing. One thing I’ve noticed as I walked across the festival grounds, is the subtleness of everyones style. Unlike that of some festivals, ACL seems to draw a more modest crowd whom genuinely would rather spend their money on merchandise, that supported their favorite band instead of some $500 dollar, flashy festival outfit. As much as I think expressing yourself through accessories is important, I think it tends to take away from the core concept of the festival: the music.

MUSIC

One extraordinary part of Austin, is all the great music consistently being put out. This year, ACL featured over 10 local Austin-ite bands and musicians playing between both weekend one and two. JACKIE VENSON, KYDD JONES, GOLDEN DAWN ORCHESTRA are just a few to name, whom are up and coming acts. Also featured amongst both weekends, is local favorite SHAKEY GRAVES, who had humbly gave his sweet hometown a shoutout during the middle of his set.

The National

What’s not to love about Scottish, synth-pop trio CHVRCHES? Every time I hear Lauren Mayberry’s sweet Scottish accent, part of me want to run up on stage and give her the world’s biggest hug. Aside from that, the band showcases some of the strongest energy across the audience while delivering a dazzling light show. It’s no wonder how the band has gained a popular reputation amongst the live performance scene. Lauren Mayberry also joined THE NATIONAL on stage for a song during their set on Friday.

As JANELLE MONAE sat in her thrown, I felt as if I was in the presence of royalty. This award winning, R&B queen, was a performance not to be missed. Janelle Monae is one powerful female, who sets nothing but a strong, dynamic energy for her audience. Strong vocals, delicate lyrics, and a fiery stage presence are a few key features that have helped her grow a firm place into the music scene today.

Janelle Monae

As expected, PAUL MCCARTNEY’s performance brought just about every festival-goers to their feet. As I glanced around, fans of all ages whispered in unison, the beloved “nah nah nah nah’s” in ‘Hey Jude’. It’s crazy to think McCartney has been around for 76 years. With as much enthusiasm and love he showcases in his performances, you’d never guess he was a day over 25. Throughout his performance, he dabbled into to Solo and Beatles songs, hitting a bit of every era of his career. By just the end of the first night, I knew the long, lasting Beatle had instantly become a peak highlight for the week.

Although it is gone, our beloved time spent on the Zilker park grounds will not be forgotten. All and all, our expectations were exceeded this year, leaving a more than elated impact on us that’ll carry over for weeks to come. Thank you Austin, for Keeping It Weird, and we look forward to catching you next year!

Travis Scott

Bishop Briggs

Hozier

Brockhampton

The Arkells

Lily Allen

Fans at Hozier

Odesza

Japanese Breakfast

Blood Orange

Disturbed

Justice

Sylvan Esso

ACL Day One

Janelle Monae

Tinashe

Vince Staples

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