>With nothing but sunshine and moderate temperatures in the forecast for the first time ever in ACL Fest history, this year promised to be the best and it did not disappoint.
Friday morning kicked off early with white boy pop-influenced rapper Kyle Lucas of Vonnegutt, whose new single, “Follow Us“, is my favorite on Big Boi’s new album. I didn’t even realize that he was playing until late the night before and I’m thankful I did because he put on an awesome (although early) show.
Next up were southern bell crooners and party crashers, Those Darlins’ whose tunes are better heard in a smokey dive bar than a mid day festival, but entertaining none-the-less.
We met up with my fellow music hipster ACL BFF, Kez and headed over to see one of my more anticipated shows, Miike Snow.
Their dance heavy tunes livened up the surprisingly large crowd. A surprise guest appearance by the Vampire Weekend frontman Ezra Koenig was pretty awesome.
As the daylight started to dwindle, I feasted on a might cone, caught a bit of Beach House before jogging across the park to catch one of my most favorite bands, Vampire Weekend, a delightful display of what I like to call East Coast Prep Pop.
The day was almost over and it was time to run, as fast as I could, away from the hoards of jam banders there to see Phish (barf). The Strokes were playing on the other side of the field and I hoped to join Jamie and crew for the show. I’ve seen them a few times and while this wasn’t their best show by any means (coming on late and stopping early, come on guys), it was still an enjoyable set. I mean, a rock heavy light show is always entertaining with 30,000 people screaming along in excitement. How can you not have fun?
I was wiped. Al and I headed down the street for a margarita from standby Shady Grove and some food before we passed out, desperately needing to recharge for another day. Wahoo ACL fest!