Our favorite moments from Austin City Limits Music Festival 2017

By Ally Mickler (Photo: Sydney Gawlik)

October 28, 2017

Austin City Limits returned for its annual two-weekend festival this fall. The city of live music and signature tacos hosts a festival that features diverse acts with eight stages and over 140 bands. A total of 225,000 guests per weekend got to spend their time hopping from show to show while soaking up the sun under Austin’s beautiful skyline overlooking Zilker Park.

We were thrilled to be back in Austin, surrounded by music lovers eager to discover up-and-coming artists, local food, and new experiences. Organized chaos is the best way to describe the ACL, swaying in the sun to the beat of the music and singing along to your favorite performers’ songs.

Here are a few of our favorite moments from ACL 2017:

Jay Z

Hov had one of the highest energy performances of ACL 2017. The legendary Brooklyn-born rapper’s sheer presence brought an empowering force to the opening night. He played a variety of hits from his epic music catalog and ended his set with “Young Forever” with a monologue about chasing dreams and never growing up.

Car Seat Headrest

Back in 2010, lead singer, Will Toledo, decided to record his songs in the back seat of his car for privacy and Car Seat Headrest was born. Since then, the Leesburg, VA band has developed a large following and released an astonishing 12 albums on Bandcamp. Their rockin’ afternoon set, accompanied by dedicated fans and a slight breeze, was the perfect way to start Day Two.   

Run The Jewels

Not many would imagine that producer/rapper EI-P and rapper Killer Mike would be the powerful and energetic duo they are today. Looking at the size of the crowd at ACL, it’s hard to believe that it was only four years ago that RTJ released their first album for free. They rumbled through their set list in typical Jaime and Mike fashion.

The Killers

Adorned in a sequin suit, Brandon Flowers belted out all of the arena rock favorites, transporting the crowd back to their bittersweet teen/pre-teen days. Sing-alongs to “Mr.Brightside” and “When You Were Young” were exactly what you would imagine it to be—glorious and overly epic.

Chance the Rapper

Chance the Rapper has been making his rounds for festival season, delivering a captivating performance each time. The Chicago native put on a show filled with fireworks, visuals effects, and impromptu interactions with the crowd. Sweaty and eager fans lined up hours before Chance’s set.

First Aid Kit

The Swedish duo recently released a new single, “It’s A Shame,” after taking a two year hiatus from performing in the United States. The crowd was buzzing to welcome the head-swaying, boot-kicking sisters back to the stage. The crowd shared a poignant moment with the sisters, Klara and Johanna Söderberg, when they dropped their mics and asked the crowd to sing-along to their popular hit, “Emmylou.”

Rainbow Kitten Surprise

The Boone, North Carolina band has been heavy on the festival circuit this year, lead singer, Sam Melo, gave a theatrical performance in the warm afternoon sun. Earning respect with the Austin natives and further impressing their growing fan base, the band was lively and animated.

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