that time i went to ACL

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Woah. What a crazy weekend. Last week, I found out that I would be going to the Austin City Limits Festival. Well, not just going--I received a fancy three-day pass and a backstage pass to the RetailMeNot stage. Ho. Ly. Cow.

Since I didn't know very far in advance, I hadn't planned any outfits for the weekend or bought anything festive for the occasion! Luckily, I ended up loving what I came up with each day of the fest.

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would you want to see any of these outfits as full posts?

Festivals aren't usually my scene, with all the people, smoke, loud noises, and sweat, but it definitely helps to be going for free and having backstage access! I actually ended up running into my new co-workers (I know, Austin is a small world even in a crowd of 75,000 people!) on the first day and spent the rest of the weekend bonding with them to the sounds of the ACL line up.

After a weekend like ACL, everyone wants to know what the best parts were, so I'll share my highlights of the fest.

Highlights

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1. The whole Jenny Lewis experience. Upon finding out that I would be going to ACL this year, I was most excited about seeing Jenny Lewis (of Rilo Kiley and The Postal Service fame). She's been one of my very favorite artists since high school, and I love her new solo album Voyager. I decided to get to the fest around 4 on Sunday, knowing she'd go on at 5. I camped out at her stage beforehand to make sure I got a close spot. I ended up being like four people deep, so it was like an intimate show with Jenny Lewis! She opened with Silver Linings, the first Rilo Kiley song I ever heard, and proceeded to play a mix of new and old favorites, including With Arms Outstretched, Better Son/Daughter, and Just One of the Guys. Tl;dr: she was spectacular.

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2. Jammin' with The Avett Brothers. I wouldn't say I'm a big Avett Brothers fan, but I listened to their music when I was in college and put some of their more well-known songs on mixtapes for my car. One of my new co-workers loves them the way I love Jenny Lewis, so we went together to their show. Wow, these guys (and the lady fiddler!) are crazy-talented! They all love playing their instruments and performing live so much. It was a really sweet, fun show, and it definitely made me a fan.

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3. Being backstage for St. Vincent. Having backstage passes at ACL has its perks: clean bathroom stalls (as opposed to port-a-potties), endless free snacks and beverages, and, oh yeah, being backstage for the acts. When I found out St. Vincent was playing on the RetailMeNot stage, I knew I needed to see her. Most of my friends, including Dago, are obsessed with St. Vincent, and I felt like I really needed to see her live to fully understand her whole style. Y'all, she's amazing. There was a time when I didn't really get her music, but seeing her live was a total experience. I even heard people saying things like "that performance must have been what it was like to see Jimi Hendrix play at Woodstock."

Honorable mentions

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Seeing CHVRCHES live (she's so tiny!), Outkast singing The Eyes of Texas are Upon You (how cool is that!?), and dancing backstage to Iggy Azalea (she's even prettier in person).

Were you at ACL this weekend, or have you been before? Are you a festival person?

11 comments

  1. Ahh I'm so jealous! I was going to ACL, but my friends bailed last minute so I had to sell my ticket since I didn't wanna go alone :/ I heard Iggy and Jenny gave amazing performances!

    I love that you wore a dress every day for the festival, yet they're all styled so differently! Too cute :)

    www.rachellately.com | Austin Life + Style Blog

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  2. Loved this post! You looked super cute, girl! I am going to going to weekend two and I am beyond excited, but definitely most excited about seeing Jenny Lewis. I saw Rilo Kiley perform back in 2007, so it will be fun/magical to see her live again!

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  3. OMG! This is awesome! I've been seeing so many pictures from the festival all over the interwebs! That's awesome that you got to go and experience this! I'm glad you had fun!
    ~Sara

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  4. Oh. My. Goodness. I am so so excited that you got to see all of those amazing acts-fo free! And only a little jealous, I swear ;) Your outfits were adorable and you looked great- nothing like the sweaty, excitable mess I become when I go to festivals! Haha glad you had fun!

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  5. This looks like the most fun ever. It's been years since I've been to a festival. I feel like such an old person.

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  6. Woah, this looks awesome! I got random backstage tickets to Nashville's (much smaller) music festival, and it was such a VIP experience. I just recently got into Jenny Lewis' album thanks to my little bro, she has such a cool sound! I would love to see CHVRCHES as well. I love how your festival outfits turned out, especially since they were last minute!











    ♥ perfectly Priya

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  7. thesimplylivingblogOctober 7, 2014 at 6:07 PM

    Love seeing these pictures from ACL!!! Seriously loved the lined up this year so I was definitely a little sad I couldn't be there for it this year, but I am glad I can live it through all of the amazing photos. For real though, having back stage access is so amazing!! So glad you had a wonderful time! :)

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  8. Looks like a super fun time! I actually never went to ACL at all at all during my time in Austin, not even any of the free shows. Crazy! I'm definitely not a festival person though, though backstage passes might make me one. I definitely feel like seeing music live can turn you onto stuff you've never understood/liked in recorded version. Glad you got a mix of faves and new stuff.


    -Jen
    yourstrulyjen.com

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  9. Ooh, it looks and sounds like you had an awesome time! I've never been to a festival, so I have no idea if I'd like it or not, heh. I love all of the outfits you came up with, especially the first one!
    xo
    Kristina
    www.eccentricowl.com

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  10. Ugh this makes me miss Austin so much. It's a place like no other <3 You look adorable in all of your outfits!

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  11. Okay, this makes me so happy! My dad and I used to watch ACL on TV all the time when I was younger...it's so great! I looove me some Jenny Lewis as well! So jealous you got to see all these fantastic musicians live!!

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