It is the week after ACL, and there is not much else that people are talking about, except for maybe the Longhorn's lamentable loss to OU. Â Actually no one wants to talk about that really, but whatever, OU still sucks! Â So, let's move on to one of the good things that did happen this weekend: ACL!!!
This was my first year going, and I had one of the best musical experiences of my life. Â Here is my recap of the most memorable moments of ACL 2012:
Discovering news bands- I had the opportunity to see some bands that I did not know or Â had not really listened to; I was pleasantly surprised. Â My favorite discoveries were probably Caveman and Los Campesinos!. Â Other newcomers that were fan favorites includedÂ Ben HowardÂ and Childish Gambino.
The rain- Â This was a good thing and bad thing. Â On Saturday, it made for a fresh and cloudy day. Â I was waiting to see The Shins when it started to pour. Â That did not get anyone down though. Â If anything it added to the magical, festival experience of the performances. Â Unfortunately, it made for nasty, pig-style smelling park and muddy shoes and bodies on Sunday.
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Spotting celebs- Yes, there were some celebrity sightings happening at ACL this weekend! While I did not see Ryan Gosling (bummer), I did see Natalie Portman and Michael Fassbender. Â They were filming for their new movie, an untitled project by Terrence Malick,Â during Iggy and The Stooges. Â They were all over each other, so we can assume they are going to be a part of the love triangles rumored to be central to the plot of the movie. Â In addition, Ryan Gosling and Rooney Mara were filmed as theyÂ performed with The Black Lips.
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Food- While some of the munchies at ACL were lackluster and merely overpriced fast food, others were delicious and unique bites not typical at a large fest like this. Â Favorites included Goodpop all-natural popsicles, Boomerang's savory pies and The Mighty Cone!Â chicken cones.
This cool frame!- This awesome man-sized picture frame was too cute! It was perfectly positioned for festival-goers to snap a pic with the park grounds and downtown Austin in the background.
Florence Welch- Ok, I'm not going to lie; I didn't actually see Florence + The Machine, except for the last song, "Dog Days Are Over." Â They were playing at the same time as Weezer, and I am sorry, but I had to go with a band from my childhood. Â Anyway, the one song I did see was amazing, and too many people that I know and trust could not stop talking about how awesome the entire show was. Â She was a crowd pleaser and got high marks for it.
Â Crazy Iggy- Iggy Pop from Iggy and the Stooges is still going strong! Â This guy got the crowd going, especially when he asked the crowd to bum rush the stage. Â People jumped over fences and security to join him. Â They danced with him, and he hugged them all after the song was done. Â This guy is cool in my book!
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Somebody That I Used to Know- This was hilarious because many people went to see Gotye only to see him perform "Somebody That I Used to Know," the hit single we all love, whether we admit it or not. Â They saved the song for the end, and Kimbra joined him on stage. Â Despite the number of drunk people singing along, it sounded pretty great.
RHCP- This was a great moment for me personally because Red Hot Chili Peppers are my all-time favorite band. Â They were the closing act of the festival. Â These guys took the night and played a lot of their hits such as "Under the Bridge" and "Snow," as well rare jams such as "Sir Psycho Sexy" and "They're Red Hot." Â I was surrounded by a mass of sweaty people, but my prime spot near the front allowed me to see some of the main action like Flea, the bassist, doing a handstand. Â It was the perfect ending to my ACL experience.
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Needless to say, this ACL was a success. Â I can't wait for the next one. Â For those of you who went, I hope you had a great time. Â Hope you get a chance to attend next year for what will now be a two-weekend extravaganza.