On the day of the annular solar eclipse, various musical acts brought their energy to the second day of the Austin City Limits Music Festival. Headlining acts like The 1975 and Foo Fighters made Saturday a can’t-miss event.
During peak eclipse time, artists like Blakchyl, Pony Bradshaw and Miya Folick opened their respective stages under the ring of fire in the sky.
Getting through that midday heat, festival-goers wandered around ACL Eats, photo opportunities and the American Express Stage to see Declan Mckenna. The singer played the crowd-favorite hit “Brazil.”
On one side of the grounds, Ben Kweller stunned on the Miller Lite Stage while Amaarae kept up the audience’s energy at the IHG Stage. Encouraging the crowd to rave, jump and dance to her upbeat music warmed everyone up for the rest of the day.
When Rina Sawayama took on the Honda Stage, everyone’s eyes were on her.
With hits like “XS” and “Frankenstein,” Sawayama put on a truly captivating performance with dancers, impeccable stage presence and outfit changes. She played an unreleased song for the crowd she described as having classic rock flavors.
Down to the skits between songs and getting the audience to chant different verses for the set closer “This Hell” made for a great experience for Sawayama’s final North American tour performance.
With a stacked lineup at 6 p.m., attendees had the option of seeing Thirty Seconds to Mars, Tegan and Sara or Alanis Morissette. Morissette highlighted the American Express Stage, running around and crooning out those notes she’s known for. She made sure to get the crowd singing along to hits like “Head Over Feet,” “Ironic” and “You Oughta Know.”
Noah Kahan’s set at the T-Mobile Stage was a classic case of too big an artist on too small a stage. Crowds flocked to see the mainly acoustic set from Kahan, overflowing onto the streets surrounding the stage where golf carts and staff could no longer drive on them.
The New England musician sang hits from his album ‘Stick Season’ to celebrate the one-year anniversary of its release, including the title track, “Homesick,” “New Perspective” and some deluxe tracks like “Your Needs, My Needs.”
Kahan brought out Mumford & Sons to duet him on “Call Your Mom,” a song he recently released with a Lizzy McAlpine feature. Weekend One Kahan came out during the other band’s set, and this time around he praised Mumford & Sons to be one of his favorite bands.
Headlining the Honda Stage, The 1975 opened with “Looking For Somebody (To Love).” The band kept the hits coming, playing “Oh Caroline,” “About You” and “Robbers.”
With black and white visuals on the screens and lead singer Matty Healy smoking a cigarette as he played the keyboard during some songs, the ambiance was set for the entire performance. The 1975 has a very specific aesthetic and they stayed true to it for their ACL set.
Stay tuned for more coverage on the last day of the Austin City Limits Music Festival.