2014 Austin City Limits

Has it already been a year? Yes, and the Austin City Limits (ACL) music festival is back to the city of Austin, Texas. In fact, today is the last day with shows after two weekends filled with great music.

This edition was marked by a more prominent presence of electronic bands and artists, but hip-hop and rock were well represented too. The lineup was pretty good compared to other years, including names like:

  • Eminem
  • Pearl Jam
  • Outkast
  • Skrillex
  • Beck
  • Calvin Harris
  • Lana del Rey
  • Lorde
  • Foster the People
  • Chromeo
  • Broken Bells
  • Zedd
  • CHVRCHES
  • Fitz and The Tantrums
  • ... and like that up to 140 bands.

And we mustn't forget that, as always, there has been Latin artist. This time, the songs in Spanish were brought by Juanes and the French-Chilean MC Ana Tijoux. The Colombian singer repeats in the festival after being in the 2006 lineup for the first time.

Again divided in two weeks (it worked last year and it's all about the money) with a similar lineup for both weekends (with the exception of Lorde and some other groups).

I must admit though that the 2-weekend format has its perks for music lovers: many of the bands don't leave the Austin area between weekends, and play shows in the city or nearby towns.

Concerts at ACL are normally limited to 1 hour (2 hours for headliners) and this in-between week concerts have a normal duration (and are way cheaper than the $225 ACL 3-day passes).

Austin City Limits has a total of 8 different stages (in theory divided by music style, but I think the only one that actually follows that logic is the Austin Kiddie Limits), and the typical paraphernalia around this type of events: autograph signing, market, local food trucks/stations, and many activities to keep attendants entertained (and to promote the importance of recycling and a cleaner environment).

The festival will close tonight with Pearl Jam's performance, after an edition marked by good music, good weather (specially good for the first weekend), and the neverending controversy of Austin traffic spiced this year with the veto of car services like Uber or Lyft.

See you next year.

Article published on October 12, 2014.
This article has been modified since its original publication.