Beck and Outkast headline opening day of 2014 Austin City Limits Music Festival

Daniel DeSlover - AXS Contributor
By: AXS Contributor Oct 4, 2014
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Austin City Limits Music Festival returned for its 13th year on Friday, Oct. 3, with the first of two-consecutive sold-out weekends. The three-day event at Zilker Park in Austin, Texas, is expected to pull in over 200,000 people each weekend. Friday's headliners were Outkast and Beck.

Weather could not have been better, with high temperatures in the mid-80s and lows hovering in the 60s under sunny skies. Fans enjoyed great food and an seemingly endless array of music spread across eight stages--including Austin Kiddie Limits for those with children in tow. The biggest problem might have been choosing which artists to see: Beck versus Outkast was an obvious issue with both sets starting at 8:15 p.m., but other conflicts included Sam Smith performing opposite St. Vincent; and Childish Gambino against Foster the People.

Similar weather is expected throughout the weekend with a slight warming trend expect by Sunday. Saturday's highlight artists feature New Orleans native Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Poliça, Lana Del Rey, The Avett Brother, Interpol, Iggy Azalea and Eminem. Electronic dance music fans will have Skrillex and Major Lazer in their sights.

  • Beck
    Beck is currently touring on his first studio release in over five years, Morning Phase. The esoteric musician delivered a stunning array of
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    Beck is currently touring on his first studio release in over five years, Morning Phase. The esoteric musician delivered a stunning array of musical styles that were enveloped by his infectious vocals. From "Loser" to "Devil's Haircut" to the more recent "Blue Moon," Beck did not disappoint. Those who still had energy after his show had time to catch Outkast close out the Honda stage on the opposite side of Zilker Park.

  • Childish Gambino
    Donald Glover, aka Childish Gambino, brought electricity to 2014 ACL. Performing in his trademark shorts and unbuttoned shirt--he quickly lo
    © Daniel DeSlover / www.ConcertCapture.com

    Donald Glover, aka Childish Gambino, brought electricity to 2014 ACL. Performing in his trademark shorts and unbuttoned shirt--he quickly lost the latter--the multi-talented entertainer centered on material from his 2013 sophomore release, Because the Internet. but also added a dose of freestyle to keep fans on their toes.

  • St. Vincent
    The electric and enticing St. Vincent offered a blistering set on Friday afternoon at ACL. Opening with "Rattlesnake" from her 2014 eponymou
    © Daniel DeSlover / www.ConcertCapture.com

    The electric and enticing St. Vincent offered a blistering set on Friday afternoon at ACL. Opening with "Rattlesnake" from her 2014 eponymous release, Annie Clark demonstrated her musical prowess for a solid hour-long show. She'll be opening for The Black Keys on the final leg of their 2014 North American tour.

  • CHVRCHES
    CHVRCHES pummeled ACL with a blast of electronic medleys that hinged on the talents of singer Lauren Mayberry. "We Sink," "Gun" and "By the
    © Daniel DeSlover / www.ConcertCapture.com

    CHVRCHES pummeled ACL with a blast of electronic medleys that hinged on the talents of singer Lauren Mayberry. "We Sink," "Gun" and "By the Throat" we among the songs they played from their debut album, The Bones of What You Believe.

  • Jimmy Cliff
    Musician Jimmy Cliff brought a touch of reggae to ACL The Jamaican native has been producing music for decades and definitely brought a tast
    © Daniel DeSlover / www.ConcertCapture.com

    Musician Jimmy Cliff brought a touch of reggae to ACL The Jamaican native has been producing music for decades and definitely brought a taste of the island to Austin--a perfect tonic for chilling under the afternoon sunny skies.

  • James Bay
    Singer James Bay opened the Samsung stage on Friday at ACL. The British vocalist has a couple E.P.s to his credit, including the recently re
    © Daniel DeSlover / www.ConcertCapture.com

    Singer James Bay opened the Samsung stage on Friday at ACL. The British vocalist has a couple E.P.s to his credit, including the recently released Let It Go. He's currently trekking across the U.S. and will soon return home to a handful of sold-out dates in the U.K.

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