The best weekend of your life

Miranda Campbell

Austin City Limits is thankfully being separated into two weekends this year; Oct. 4-6 and Oct. 11-13.This will help evenly distribute the hordes of people who attend ACL each year. Who can blame the masses, though? Each year, the creators of the lineup pick a wide variety of bands that appeal to every genre of music.

Let’s discuss the fact that Lionel Richie, Depeche Mode and The Cure are the headliners. This has got to be three of the best headliners in ACL history. Never have the mysterious lineup creators ever brought back such a threesome as the main event. Even if you are unfamiliar with the 80’s electronic rock of Depeche Mode, the late 70’s through the 80’s whining of Robert Smith from The Cure, or the soulful musings of Lionel Richie, you’re bound to appreciate the presence of each.

The crowd favorites of this year are definitely Phoenix, Divine Fits, Vampire Weekend, FUN., Arctic Monkeys, Passion Pit, and Kendrick Lamar. All of these bands have different styles of music, but are all capable of evoking extreme happiness. With new albums released from each of them, don’t expect to be too close to the front of the stage. Popular is not always the best route at ACL; the more popular, the more people. Not to say you shouldn’t drop by these concerts. You’ll be in for a treat if you do.

Now for my favorite part of ACL, the Indie bands that not many people know about. This years indie lineup is incredible featuring artists like Toro Y Moi, Okkervil River, Foxygen, HAIM, Purity Ring, Dawes, Grimes, Smith Westerns, Noah and The Whale, Autre Ne Veut, Fidlar, Jake Bugg, Wild Nothing, Kodaline, The National and the list continues on and on making me happier and happier. Don’t underestimate the power of little known bands and singers. If you’re in between concerts or you pay attention to the world of independent music, drop by to see some of these performances and I promise you won’t be disappointed.

ACL also offers a wide variety of folk bands to satisfy the banjo lover in all of us. Attending the festival are folk bands My Jerusalem, Sons of Fathers and the Wild Feathers. If you enjoy Texas/Nashville twang, you’ll feel right at home in the crowd of people gazing lovingly at the countrymen slamming away at their instruments.

No matter what your preference is in music, or what weekend you’re going to, you will find your niche at ACL. Be sure to check of the Art Market located in the center of Zilker Park during the festival. Also remember to stay hydrated with free water stations and energized with the food trucks (unfortunately not free) around the park.

Click here for the lineup of both weekends: