I think it finally hit me that I live in Austin, Texas this past weekend. It's the land of drag rats and hippies, of rolling hills and bat caves, and now the city I have the privilege of calling home. And when it comes to music festivals, Austin City Limits holds true to the tradition of everything being bigger in Texas.
Austin is a far cry from the flat terrain I was born in. Thousands of people showed up to the 10th annual festival held at Zilker Park. One of the biggest challenges was weaving your way through the human traffic throughout this hilly park, but it's a prime spot for people and outfit watching. Headwraps, bandeaus, tribal prints, cutoffs and feathers were popular trends among the weekend's music mavens.
One concert is usually enough to do me in. Half a dozen is another story. Luckily, ACL provides a wide range of dining options from some of Austin's best eateries.
They were all conveniently lined up in an area called Austin Eats. Everything from Love Shack & P. Terry's burgers to Torchy's Tacos to Austin Pizza to The Best Wurst to Amy's Ice Cream was available.
Lexi and I could not pass up The Lonesome Dove's truffled mac'n'cheese. One thing that hasn't changed from high school is our shared love for any and all things edible.
I ran into two of my Kappa sistas Mimi and Katie! One downfall of the madness of the festival is holding onto those you came with. Due to the massive crowds, your phone is likely to be sans service, so better hold tight to your buddies or you'll be jammin' by your lonesome.
Embracin' our inner artsy and what not...
Mem High reunited with a fellow blogger, Adam. Check out his blog on architecture, photography, and all things glamorous here!
I got to see Bright Eyes perform one of my all-time favorite songs--Shell Games. And right after that, I finally found Merl! Our facial expressions in this picture reveal our excitement.
Taylor and her friend Lamar bunked up at Hardin with us this weekend. It was a blast having one of my besties slumber with us, especially exposing her to college living. After a weekend of non-stop activities, they asked Merl and I how we do it. And we honestly said, we have no idea.
Friday night hosted two of the weekend's major headliners--Kanye West and Coldplay. The question of the day was which one you were attending. Though a fan of both artist's music, I ultimately chose to spend the majority of my time at Coldplay. Halfway because The Scientist, Fix You and Viva La Vida are such classics and halfway because Kanye is a too self-absorbed for my taste. I did, however, manage to make it to some of my favorites of Kanye's including Gold Digger, All of the Lights and Stronger.
I guess you could say there are some other fans of this English alternative rock band. They are undoubtedly one of the few bands I can say sound better live.
Saturday was day two, and because of the rain, I decided to revert back to the good ole digital camera. I spent the day with my bestie Jules watching Iron & Wine, Skrillex and Stevie Wonder do their thing. All very different genres, but all very good shows. My dad especially was jelly I got to see Mr. Wonder live. Isn't he lovely?
And one more roomie-run in with Merl and her bestie Grace. Had to document the moment of two sets of besties taking ACL by storm. This weekend won't resemble this past one in the slightest seeing that I'll be spending it with my biology class in Port Aransas. Thought field trips end in middle school? Think again, my friends. But I am confident it will be fun in its own right (plus some of my kkg sistas will be with me!). Happy almost Friday's Eve!