Everything fell into place for Sunday’s triumphant close to the 2010 Austin City Limits Music Festival. Once again, the weather was pitch-perfect and once again the bands floored us. Early on, there were exhilarating sets by Shearwater and Warpaint, belting out their songs in the early afternoon sunshine, and in what may be a festival first, Devendra Banhart let a fan sing a song they’d written onstage, echoing the folk troubadour’s open-minded music.
In between sets, fans flocked to check out the game and grab a brew over at Rock Island Hideaway, or kicked back in the sand at H-E-B Zilker Beach until their next artists hit the stage. There were plenty of ways to relax at this year’s fest!
Nothing could have prepared us for The Flaming Lips‘ late afternoon performance, though. The boys from Oklahoma pulled out all the stops, with confetti cannons, giant balloons, and a backstage light show complimenting their heavy, driving psychedelia. Elegant indie-rockers The National turned their sunset showcase into a rousing rock revival, playing to a crowd that couldn’t contain themselves, cheering them on for an encore.
The “peaceful, easy feeling” the crowd got at the end of the night was the work of festival headliners The Eagles. Having played favorites like “Hotel California” and “Witchy Woman”, they rocked mega-hits from the solo careers of members Don Henley and Joe Walsh, giving the crowd three concerts-in-one, letting the festival down gently and sending fans home in style. Thanks for our best ACL ever, Austin.
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