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Day one of Weekend Two was full of underrated acts

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Austin, TX. Home of the state capitol, smoked barbeque, Matthew McConaughey and Austin City Limits Music Festival.

Every October, hipsters flock to Austin for ACL to watch some of the biggest names in music and some lesser known indie bands. This year was no exception.

Zilker Park has hosted ACL for the last 15 years. This massive festival is much more than just music. It is the true embodiment of Austin, TX. The food and the art are as impressive as the acts that perform on stage.

What makes ACL so unique is its location. Being on a hill makes every spot equally good in terms of stage visibility.

As the day began, the sun was shining down and the heat was blazing, but that didn’t discourage festival goers from enjoying the earlier acts.

The Lemon Twigs were one of the highlights of the day, despite performing during an early slot.

They played in scorching weather but the crowd still gathered. The indie pop duo made up of brothers Brian and Michael D’Addario was one of the most energizing performances of the whole day. Brian opened up on lead vocals and bass before handing it over to Michael who danced and high kicked through the end of the set and at one point jumped into the sweaty crowd.

They performed a lot of new material from “Brothers of Destruction,” and a crowd favorite was “As Long as We’re Together.”

Another surprising and underrated act of the festival was Vulfpeck. The group performed on the American Express stage—the biggest stage—right before the headliners of the festival went on. Their soulful voices kept the crowd captivated and swaying along. There were a few groovy bass solos that the crowd seemed to enjoy a lot.

Foster the People took the stage after them. Last week, the group skipped over their hit “Pumped Up Kicks” to play John Lennon’s “Love” in light of the Las Vegas shooting, but this week they played it to a very excited crowd as their closer.

They opened up the American Express stage with some of their more popular songs, like “Houdini,” which was the biggest crowd pleaser.

It was only the first day and Solange was probably the best act of the entire festival. For those who got a good view of the stage, they witnessed Solange put on artistic visuals.

Ryan Adams, who was playing at the same time as Solange, still drew a sizeable crowd. He had asked for no flash or lights during his performance because of his susceptibility to seizures and had to pause in the middle of his set to ask a man to put away the flash photography.

Adams brought the folk-rock sound that fits right into Texas. Performing songs like “Stay With Me” and “Two.”

The xx were on the Honda stage at the same time as Jay Z, but that didn’t draw any less of a crowd. It might have been Jay Z’s lackluster performance last week that let festival goers to pick The xx over HOV. Festival goers packed the stage as The xx’s whole performance was an emotionally powerful set. Romy and Oliver, the two lead artists of the band, have an amazing chemistry on stage and were in sync the whole time.

Some of the best and most memorable performances by them were the stripped back version of “I Dare You” and a heart-pumping “Islands.” Every song they played had the crowd singing along.

At one point in the night, Oliver took the time to thank the audience for being there despite “scary times” and expressed that music festivals are “a real opportunity to feel united.”

They executed their tracks exactly as they sound on their records with no help from a backup band. It was all the trio—Romy, Oliver and Jaime.

It is only at ACL that one finds the sounds of hip-hop clashing with the sounds of indie electronic.

After The xx wrapped up, most of the crowd made their way over to Jay Z who closed off with the insanely popular “99 Problems,” while saying festival season was over for him right before going on to finish the night.

During his set he made his way through a lot of new songs and a bit of old material. “N***s in Paris” and “Big Pimpin’” really got the crowd going.

Some of the Day two acts will include Vance Joy, Chance the Rapper, Spoon, Tove Lo, Dreamcar, A$AP Ferg and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Gates open tomorrow at 11 a.m. for Day 2. First person in line to make it to the American Express stage will receive a 1st in line ribbon for the Red Hot Chili Peppers that puts them at the front of the line.

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Day one of Weekend Two was full of underrated acts