- by Jonathan Robles & Weston Shepherd
- October 26, 2012
This year's Austin City Limits Music Festival proved to be one of the most successful to date. Hosted on the grounds of Zilker Park, the final one-weekend event (2013 will be stretched to two weekends) included a full roster topped by The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Neil Young and Crazy Horse, The Black Keys, Jack White, Florence + The Machine, The Avett Brothers, AVICII, BASSNECTAR and The Roots.
As you know, we covered the entire event from Friday, Oct. 12, through Sunday, Oct. 14., providing live tweets, interviews and photos all day/night. But here are some of the highlights:
SATURDAY (Day Two)
The day opened with sets from Quiet Company and Caveman, smaller bands who are both gaining momentum as of late. Caveman, specifically, had a busy weekend, performing multiple times that day with appearances at the Xbox Lounge for press later that night. Unfortunately, as Civil Twilight took the stage, looming rain became more certain. Prior to the Festival's start, weather was already a topic of discussion (it rained Thursday night as we were arriving in Austin). But Civil Twilight -- natives of South Africa, who were featured earlier this year in Variance -- played on, and gave Austin a wonderful, lively show. Clouds turned to light rain as Dev opened with her hit "Bass Down Low" before a noticeably younger audience. Despite only casually dubbing vocals over her tracks, she probably had one of the most engaged crowds all weekend. Her energy was certainly not lacking, and at times the audience came close to matching her volume as they knew every lyric to her songs, such as "In The Dark" and Far East Movement's "Like A G6," a song on which she was featured.