Three days, 75,000 music fans and dozens of music groups – the first week of Austin City Limits Music Festival has come and gone.
We caught up with some of the artists who took the stage and got reaction from the fans for our 30-minute recap show.
The Courtyard Hounds, a country duo founded by sisters Martie Maguire and Emily Robinson of Dixie Chicks fame, said the festival atmosphere is a chance to expose more people to their music.
“It’s always just winning people over, one fan at a time,” Robinson said. The women enjoy performing as the Courtyard hounds because there are fewer expectations than what comes with the Dixie Chicks.
The sisters aren’t the only ones who enjoy rocking their own style.
The folk rock and psychedelic band Junip traveled across the world from Sweden to play at ACL. Lead singer Jose Gonzalez plays a quieter mix of music as a solo artist, but he likes being backed by the band for a bigger sound at the festival.
“We try to figure out a way to play so it still sounds different from everyone else,” Gonzalez said. “I keep my nylon string guitar even though it’s a hassle to have on stage.”
He said it’s clear Austin is a music city and he felt it in the audience at ACL.
The audience, meanwhile, was feeling the weather as well as the groove. Fans gave YNN’s Amy Hadley some advice they had for people who plan to attend the festival’s second weekend.
The No. 1 suggestion: Wear sunscreen. Also, dress in layers for hot days and cooler nights, pack a chair or blanket to sit down, wear good walking shoes and stay hydrated.
Overall, the festival is expected to have a $204 million economic impact in Austin.
Fans said some of the popularity of the festival comes from the myriad of sounds it contains. Country, blues, rock, gospel and electronic music all share space at ACL.
But one artist that falls between the lines is Eric Church.
“When we started out a lot of the country places wouldn’t let us come back because we were deems a little too rock and roll,” Church said.
Genres and labels are gone, he said. In an age of digital downloads, artists are able to buck being pigeon holed and can reach fans with their unique sound directly.
These unique acts do especially well at festivals where fans of all kinds of music tend to gather.
We’ll have more coverage of everything ACL though out the week and during the second weekend of the festival.