Did everything I could to get out of the house earlier on Saturday. Got down to the park around 1:30 and quickly discovered that my first long day in the sun was going to be a very warm one. BUT, as warm as it was, it was still tolerable. Met my cousin at the Austin Ventures stage for Two Door Cinema Club. I had heard of them, but had never heard any of their music. We found a spot at the back of a pretty sizeable crowd. Mid-way thru the set, the singer (I assume it was the singer, I really couldn’t see) said, “We like to make music that makes you want to dance…” And it seemed they accomplished that, as everyone was dancing around. Catchy melodies and very danceable, fun beats. Loved it. What endeared the Northern Irish trio to me even more was the fact that they seemed so surprised at the crowd reaction. “This is our last show in the States for a while… we NEVER expected to be playing for this many people! Thank you!”, the lead singer said, before launching into their last song. Will definitely be picking up their album, Tourist History. A little while later, I got a chance to meet the band and get pics and autographs at the Waterloo tent. If the line to meet them was any indication, these guys are going to be enjoying some great success here!
Oh, and before Two Door Cinema Club came on, I caught a bit of NINJASONIK’s set, which was also a lot of fun and had people dancing.
After the meet-and-greet, I went to stake out a place for Broken Bells. I really like their album and was excited to see them, but I knew I’d probably only be staying for half of the set, since another band I also really wanted to see, Local Natives, had an overlapping set time with them. So, I got a space very close up for Broken Bells, which was pretty cool. I got to hear a couple of the songs I really like, The Ghost Inside, and October, and the band sounded really tight live. Sadly, I didn’t get to hear The High Road, until I was standing at the Local Natives’ stage. Bleed through was a bit of a problem at some times.
Local Natives were also really good live. I was wondering whether or not they’d be able to pull off their harmonies in that kind of atmosphere, but they did, no problem. The harmonies actually soared in songs like Sun Hands and Airplanes. All in all, a really great set, though I wish I had tried to get a little closer.
Then it was time for the great decision- Temper Trap or The xx. I decided on Temper Trap, based on recommendations, and also because I felt The xx show might be a little too mellow. I have to be honest, I was ever-so-slightly disappointed in The Temper Trap’s set. They sounded good, but it started to sound a little too much the same for me. The songs just kind of faded into each other. That being said, I had a really crappy spot, so maybe that affected my enjoyment of the show. BUT, I will say, their closer, Sweet Disposition (of course), was awesome. I literally got goosebumps.
As a side note, I heard several people say The xx set was pretty disappointing.
So, next, I decided to grab a quick “dinner” before heading over for LCD Soundsystem. This was the one and only time I feared for my life that weekend. I got caught in an absolute crush of people between the Monsters of Folk set and the food court. I have no idea how many people there were, but it was an obscene amount. We were literally pressed up against each other on all sides and had to move as a collective. It could have gotten really ugly, but luckily, most people behaved well and we all made it out alive. Not a pretty scene if you’re claustrophobic, though.
Finally made it across the park for LCD Soundsystem. I know very, very little of their music, but I liked what I heard. The crowd was very into it and they put on a good show. Deadmau5 was playing immediately after LCD on the next stage over, so a lot of people cleared out after their set to catch that. This allowed me to find a good spot for Muse! My cousins and I had been separated pretty much all day and they texted me that they had secured a spot near the middle for Muse. After the crushing I endured during The Strokes, I decided I didn’t need to do that again, and just stayed a bit to the end to the left (Matt’s side) of the stage.
So, finally, one of the moments I was most excited for… Muse! From the opening notes of Uprising, the crowd was in a frenzy. For the second time that day, I had goosebumps. The atmosphere was electric and the guys sounded awesome. I have seen Muse 2 times before (3 if you count their opening slot for U2), so I knew what to expect, but I was still caught up in the energy of the performance. Had so, so much fun dancing, jumping, shouting, singing and clapping along. There seemed to be quite a few people in the audience who were also very familiar with Muse, so that was really cool, too. An excellent way to close ACL Saturday.
- Discovering/Meeting Two Door Cinema Club
- Getting to see so many of the bands I’m currently listening to in a few short hours
- Getting crushed in a throng of people
- Missing Matt and Kim to secure a spot for Muse. I was sooo disappointed to miss their set, but there was no way I could have gotten a good spot for Muse if I had been across the park to see them. :(