Bumble closed out its two-day SXSW event at Fair Market, 1100 E. Fifth St., with a performance from Haim and a lineup of speakers that included SXSW speaker Esther Perel, Bumble founder Whitney Wolfe Herd, author of “Heart Talk: Poetic Wisdom for a Better Life” Cleo Wade and Sally Kohn, author of “The Opposite of Hate.”
“Growing up, playing covers was how we learned songs,” Alana Haim said. “We would record tapes from the radio K-Earth 101 (in Los Angeles) and then learn the songs by ear. Our biggest experience was learning covers.”
“That was how we learned song structure,” Danielle said.
Este Haim said it was an easy decision to play an event with Bumble, which has a large presence at the festival this year, including a show with Keith Urban next week. “We’re such big fans of the app,” she said. “It’s female-run and run by women. We’re doing it for the women.”
At a traditional club, you’ll see hundreds of people dancing to whatever music is pumping through a speaker system. If a song comes on that you don’t like, tough luck.
At a silent disco — a recent trend at music festivals across the country, including Austin City Limits — guests each wear a pair of headphones connected to the DJ, but if you take off your headphones, you’ll hear the sounds of hundreds of people singing, shouting and laughing to the party happening in their ears.
It’s a unique experience that a New York-based company called Quiet Events, which has offices in Austin and other cities around the world, has tweaked to have three DJs spinning different genres that are connected to colors on the headphones in the crowd. All three nights at ACL this weekend, DJs played EDM, 80/90s hits and hip hop, and the audience could flip between the stations at will and see what everyone else was listening to. The DJs can also see what people are listening to, which inspired a friendly competition between them on Saturday night in the Tito’s tent.
One of the easiest ways to see who was winning was by taking off your headphones to hear which crowd was the most vocal, sometimes singing every lyric to a song.
Will Petz, who founded the company six years ago, says it’s popular with kids and others who don’t love extremely loud situations but still want to dance and have fun with other people.
Quiet Events hosts several events like this a month in Austin, including an upcoming Quiet Clubbing night at the North Door on Oct. 20, the same date as a Mobile Bar Crawl Dance Party downtown, where headphone-wearing party-goers will travel from bar to bar, taking the disco with them.
Sunday’s high of 92 will feel like 100 degrees if there aren’t any clouds, so if you get a wild hair to take a dip in Barton Springs Pool, here’s what you know about how to get there during the festival.
First, for locals or anyone not going to ACL: If you are just coming to swim, the parking lot on the south side of the pool is open for swimmers only. You could bike or walk on the trail to get there, too.
If you are going to the festival and want to pop out for a memorable dip in a historic pool, you’ll have to walk about half a mile from the Barton Springs Road entrance, but it’s along a beautiful part of Austin’s beloved greenbelt system, so you can catch kayakers and paddleboarders floating in Barton Creek. Walk along Robert E. Lee Road (yes, it’s controversial) and then turn right when you get to the Barton Springs Pool parking lot. If you walk along the trail, you’ll walk right to the entrance.
You can use a card at a kiosk outside to pay the entrance fee ($3 for Austin residents, $8 if you are from out of town) or you can use cash at the booth. Stamp your hand if you want to get back in later in the day. Admission is free after 9 p.m., which means there’s often a large crowd on warm summer (and fall) nights.
Note that swimming in Barton Creek or Lady Bird Lake is technically illegal, even though you’ll see lots of people – and their dogs – swimming for free in the spillway at Barton Springs Pool.
Here’s the best part: The pool is open from 5 a.m. until 10 p.m., so you can go before or after the music.
The mornings are warm and moon is still bright enough to make for an amazing nighttime swim, if you needed another excuse to check out one of Austin’s most iconic spots.