By Crisa Valadez
One of the biggest music festivals in the country was right in our own neighborhood during October 12-16th. In case you missed out on ACL this year, the Bugle Call is here to bring you the highlights.
Two ISA students, junior Grace Herndon and sophomore Luke Martinez, divulged the details of this year’s festival.
Photo by Grace Herndon.
The Artists: Weezer, The Wombats, The War on Drugs, Los Campesinos!, Black Lips, Alabama Shakes, Florence + the Machine, M83, The Black Keys, AVICII, Tegan and Sara, Thievery Corporation, The Afghan Whigs, Esperanza Spalding, Delta Spirit, M. Ward, Umphrey’s McGee, A-Trak, Trampled by Turtles, Patterson Hood, Jovanotti, Ben Howard, Asleep at the Wheel, First Aid Kit, Patrick Watson, LP, The Wombats, Gardens & Villa, The Soul Rebels, Lance Herbstorng, He’s My Brother She’s My Sister, River City Extension, Quiet Corral, The Relatives, Infantree, Kenny Vaughan Trio, Justin Jones, Ralph’s World, Colorfeels, Megan McCormick, Shields of Faith, Stapletones, Hullabaloo, Orange Sherbert, Rocknoceros, Big Don
“This was my first real concert festival,” said Luke Martinez. Luke’s favorites of the day were M83 and Florence + the Machine.
“Weezer is one of my favorite bands of all time and it was a total dream seeing them live since I have wanted to since about 5th grade,” said Grace Herndon. “It was so worth it waiting for 2 hours to be in the front row.”
In addition to seeing their favorite bands, Grace and Luke got to discover bands they didn’t know about.
“I loved getting to discover new bands like The War on Drugs and Alabama Shakes,” said Luke. “I downloaded a bunch of new music when I got home.”
Weezer photographed by Grace Herndon.
The Artists: Caveman, Zola Jesus, Dry the River, Oberhofer, The Shins, Gotye, BASSNECTAR, Jack White, Neil Young and Crazy Horse, The Roots, Andrew Bird, Metric, Band of Skulls, Rufus Wainwright, Big Gigantic, Antibalas, Steve Earle, Punch Brothers, Bombay Bicycle Club, Michael Kiwanuka, Big K.R.I.T., Civil Twilight, The Whigs, Dev, Lee Fields & The Expressions, Father John Misty, Kishi Bashi, The Deep Dark Woods, Wheeler Brothers, Wild Child, Space Capone, NAtive Run, Nikki Lane, Quiet Company, La Vida Boheme, Sonambulo, The Baylor Choir, Disciples of Joy, Jambo
Zola Jesus seemed to be the favorite of the day along with BASSNECTAR and Jack White. Luke even brought me back an autograph from Zola herself, who was quite tiny in person.
“Meeting Zola was one of the best experiences of my life,” recounts Luke.
Another great new artist on the scene was Andrew Bird, mixing bits of violin into his mellow indie tunes.
“He was just a truly amazing musician,” said Grace. “I was really looking forward to his show and I was so impressed. His voice is beautiful and he plays the violin like a god.”
Jack White photographed by Grace Herndon.
The Artists: NEEDTOBREATHE, Royal Teeth, Tennis, The Avett Brothers, Two Door Cinema Club, Crystal Castles, Iggy & the Stooges, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Kimbra, The Civil Wars, Childish Gambino, Gary Clark Jr., The Weeknd, Randy Rogers Band, Die Antwoord, Barrington Levy, Old 97’s, Ruthie Foster, POLICA, Stars, Freelance Whales, The Lumineers, Bad Books, The Devil Makes Three, The Boxer Rebellion, Thundercat, WIllis Earl Beal, The Features, Moon Duo, Kopecky Family Band, The Eastern Sea, The Dunwells, Lera Lynn, Noah Gundersen, The Aaron Ivey Band, The Mighty SIncere Voices, G.S.T. Peter Distefano & Tor, The School of Rock, The Q Brothers
“It was my second time seeing the Avett Brothers and, not going to lie, I totally cried during the show because I just love their music so much.” Grace said their music really reminded her of youth and of her family. The Avett Brothers
have been stealing the folk spotlight and are a great new fix for fans of Fleet Foxes
and Mumford & Sons
Two Door Cinema Club was another band that dominated the day, leaving the night all to Crystal Castles.
“It was like a bunch of kids on acid,” says Luke, remembering Crystal Castles with a smile. “It was crazy. Alice Glass walked on the crowd.”
The coordinators did a great job of mixing in bands that might not be famous yet with the industry giants.
Alice Glass of Crystal Castles walks on an eager crowd. Photo by Luke Martinez.
THE PERFECT ACL SURVIVAL KIT
To wrap it all up and to offer advice for future attendees, I asked Luke and Grace what 5 key items would be in their ideal ACL Survival Kit.
Grace opted for a little backpack containing sunglasses, a disposable camera, a water bottle, a hackysack, and sunscreen. Luke preferred a large Camelbak water bottle, flip-flops, a camera, a bandana, and sunglasses in his trusty black knapsack.
Grace’s ACL survival kit containing sunglasses, a hat, a camera, a hackysack, and a frisbee.