My survival guide to ACL 2013 weekend 2 … based off of weekend 1. - 11/13/13
I may not know how to rebuild an engine ... or yo-yo ... but I know how to survive a weekend filled with porta-potties. My motto is, "hope for the best, but prepare for the worst." Part of that preparation is to BYOTP and hand sanitizer. I even take it a step further and pack my toilet paper in a Ziplock bag so in case it rains I'm not stuck with damp streamers balled up inside my purse (btw rain chances are high for this weekend).
Once you've mentally and physically prepared yourself for the bathroom situation, I recommend downloading the free ACL app on your smartphone. It includes a schedule you can customize with the bands you want to see. As a backup, I would still grab a paper schedule when you walk in because cell phone service isn't the best. After all, we are in the era of "watch a concert with your smartphone on record and post it to social media before the stage lights go out."
Now to the bands, Friday I recommend starting your day at 2 p.m. with a few songs by the Court Yard Hounds (2/3 Dixie Chicks). They're great! Then race across the park to Jimmy Eat World at 2:30pm for a trip back down Teen Angst Lane (yes, they will play The Middle last). The Verve Pipe also plays at 2:30pm for those of you feeling nostalgic, but heads up they play kids music now which is why they're scheduled for the Austin Kiddie Limits stage. Next up at 4 p.m. you'll probably find yourself making your way back across the park for some fun. If you like their songs on the radio, you won't be disappointed. Then if you're like me and like upbeat music to wrap up summer, then stick around for Vampire Weekend (Fun fact: The lead singer looks like KEYE TV Meteorologist Jordan Steele). Last but definitely not least, catch Depeche Mode. Its the eighties at its finest. Well that's what I saw anyway... although I realize I missed out by not seeing Queens Of The Stone Age.
Saturday, HAIM plays at 2 p.m. I didn't see them, but have heard nothing but good things about this new band of sisters from LA. If you plan on taking your time getting to the park, I recommend starting at 4 p.m. with Silversun Pickups. You wont be disappointed. Then take a breather, you'll need it because from 5-10pm you're going to be busy running back 'n forth to catch all the great shows. The Joy Formidable plays at 5 p.m. Passion Pit and Wilco play at 6 p.m. Kings of Leon plays at 8 p.m. across the park from The Cure who also start at 8 p.m. The only good news about these two bands playing at the same time is that The Cure's set outlasts KOL by 30 min so you can catch both if you're quick.
Sunday is the best day by far (well at least it was for us first-weekenders because the weather was gorgeous). Grouplove kicks off the good vibes at 3:30. You've probably heard their song Tongue-tied on the radio, but don't judge them based solely off of that song. They put on a show! The bad news is you'll only get to hear a few songs if you take my advice because at 4 p.m. Franz Ferdinand plays at the other end of the park (yes, they played Take Me Out last). Wrap up the evening of live music in Austin with Phoenix at 7 p.m. You will recognize more songs than you might think and this band knows how to get the crowd going. Phoenix takes off with their first song, not three songs in like so many others. If you're still hungry for more, you still have time to see Lionel Richie. Good news, he's playing just one stage over (they must've done that as reward for your three long days of heavy listening).