Day 2 of the Austin City Limits 2012 music festival was met with cloudy skies in-between scattered Texan rain showers and mud. Fortunately, the storms stopped before nightfall to ease up on the slippin’ and the slidin’ for double headliners, Jack White and Neil Young.
Austin, TX – Music festivals come with a bag full of issues, sound issues and drunk fucks are to be expected and there were plenty of each on Day 1 of Austin City Limits 2012 music festival. The surprises are the payoffs and Day 1 provided many.
Austin, TX – The sold-out Parish on 6th St. in Austin, TX, played hosts to Father John Misty and Dry The River to end day 1 of ACL 2012.
TV On The Radio and My Morning Jacket amongst day 2’s highlights at ACL’s 10 year anniversary.
Rain came and stuck around for most of the afternoon at Zilker Park, home of ACL’s 2011 Festival. Along with it came cooler air and well timed Crazy Horse inspired performances by roots-rockers, Phosphorescent and The Moondoggies. Each band performed unfazed by the gray clouds , while winning over new fans from their 2010 releases (“Here’s To Taking It Easy” and “The Tidelands”). Those slowly strolling into the park after Friday’s hip-hop fused kickoff trying to avoid the rain missed some good-ol fashioned rock n’ roll.
Kanye West, Bright Eyes, Big Boi and free water refills are amongst Day 1’s highlights.
Zilker Park plays host to over a 100,000 people who migrate to Austin, Texas, for the ACL Festival. This year’s 10th anniversary crams over 130 bands onto 8 stages in 3 days; and then there’s the heat. This year’s festival organizers, performers and fans alike faces the unknown challenges that a caustic heat wave brings to thousands of people crammed into one spot. Some bands succeeded, some didn’tâ€“ but not because they didn’t try, the heat was brutal.