|A picture I took of the American Express Stage in front of the Austin Skyline at the festival in 2018.|
In the past two years, the festival has helped me find my new favorite artists and let me see artists who I don't think I would normally. So to honor this ACL weekend, I figured this would be the best way to celebrate by counting down all 13 ACL sets I've seen. (I know that seems low but keep in mind, I only went to the festival Saturday of last year)
13. Megan Thee Stallion
— HOT GIRL MEG (@theestallion) October 13, 2019
I don't even think I have to explain this one. I walked into the fest planning on going straight to the Miller Lite stage and was shocked to hear no music even though I showed 20 minutes into when her set was supposed to start. At least I got a better spot for a set I'll talk about in a little bit
12. 21 Savage
|Photo Courtesy of Rolling Stone|
I know that this one shouldn't count because I didn't see the entire set but man, the 30 minutes I got to see were incredible and I almost regretted seeing Childish Gambino over them. Even as far back as I was, I was in awe of how great this band was live. It's obvious that age is catching up to frontman Robert Smith but he still sounds just as amazing as he did in the 1980s. His voice hasn't missed a beat and neither has the band behind them as the songs they played in the encore set I saw sounded not just as good, but even better than the studio recordings. But the one thing that stuck out the most was Smith's pure happiness being on stage. At this point in his career, Smith could easily be phoning it in, just playing the hits and leaving but I don't think he did this huge tour just for the money, you could tell that he just really loves playing live. When I got to the Honda Stage, the band had already been playing for a solid hour and a half, yet they showed no signs of fatigue as they were ripping through "The Caterpillar." Their performance of "Friday, I'm In Love" was possibly one of the best live performances I've seen of any song, ever. It just hit every feel good bone in my body and put the biggest smile on my face. With rumors of the band releasing two albums "this year," I'm hoping the band continues to tour because I will not hesitate to snatch up tickets.