You couldn’t have asked for a better opening day to the 2010 Austin City Limits Music Festival. With the right amount of sun cooling off towards Friday evening, the weather was just right. As fans made their way into the park, it was obvious that this was going to be a year to remember.
In between delicious meals served up at Austin Eats and shopping over at the fantastically funky Art Market, barefoot fans padded across the soft grass of Zilker Park catching terrific sets in every direction.
A peppy early performance by Louisiana indie-poppers Givers set the pace for the day, and you can’t help but fall in love with the twangy Asleep At The Wheel‘s golden country sound all over again. The Black Keys drew a massive crow on the West lawn, packing them in at the AMD stage for their trademark grungy blues. After their last song, you just had to walk a bit to the right to catch a perfectly woozy set by Beach House as the sun began its descent.
Vampire Weekend played every hit you could ask for and then some, setting up a double slam dunk by our headliners. The Strokes were tight and taut, with rock and roll attitude to spare, bringing a little New York edge to Zilker Park. On the other end of the park–and the musical spectrum–Phish showed off their considerable chops, playing some deep cuts in their 14-song set much to fans delight.
All-in-all, a perfect ACL day. Let’s keep it going tomorrow! Make sure you’re checking out our YouTube and Flickr pages for updates on-the-hour of your favorite acts. And remember, we’re giving away CDs, LPs, box sets, free food and more all weekend long on our Facebook and Twitter. Not only that, but we’ll hook you up with tips, tricks, updates and announcements. Enjoy Day Two!