ACL Music Festival 2014, Week One, Day Three – Chromeo, Spoon + More
Sunday (Oct. 5) marked the final stretch for us at the first weekend of the Austin City Limits Music Festival -- and it turned out to be the perfect ending to a fantastic experience. It might have been the hottest day, but the bands made the heat more than bearable on this stereotypical Texas autumn day.
First on the list were Bernhoft, but they were unable to make it so Rey Pila from Mexico City took the stage in his place. After a split second of confusion, the crowd seemed pretty much on board as the band started to play their set, which was just as enjoyable as Saturday's performance. Nikki Lane followed shortly after; she was the epitome of a country gal, with her cow vest and boots in tow. As with many country artists, she began most of her songs with a story, precluding her music with some great laughs.
Cults played right after Nikki Lane, bringing a very different sound that drew quite the sizable audience. The lead singer's unique voice resonated as people swayed along with their dreamy, indie sound. Fitz and the Tantrums were next and they came out with every bit of energy they had, fully engaging everyone in the audience with the right notes to sing and perfect dance moves to follow.
Following Fitz and company, we caught Phantogram, which as we expected, were tons of fun. Sarah Barthel of Phantogram looked like an Egyptian princess, and ran all over the stage, stopping only to play her keyboard. As they wrapped up, we scurried to the next stage to catch Spoon -- they sounded absolutely perfect. When they tore into 2008's 'Don’t You Evah,' the party kicked itself into high gear.
As the evening came, Chromeo brought an amazing electric set that had the crowd screaming for more. With full chrome instruments in hand, they put on a mesmerizing light show that brought the music to life. The same was to be said for Calvin Harris’ set, which was easily the biggest dance party in Texas last night. It proved to be the perfect ending to a perfect festival -- and this was just the beginning.
As fans gear up for the second weekend of the Austin City Limits Music Festival, check out all of our exclusive shots from yesterday's shows below: