That’s a wrap on this year’s Austin City Limits Music Festival. Whether you gave Zilker Park your fest best or if you sat this round out, here are 10 scenes from the final day of the fest to make you feel like you were there — or help you relive it.
He’s also the founder of the Just Keep Livin Foundation (a reference to his legendary role in “Dazed and Confused”), a nonprofit that encourages health and wellness among high school students. At this year’s ACL Fest, a portion of proceeds from certain pieces of festival merchandise will benefit the foundation, many of them including lines from McConaughey’s famed Wooderson character. There’s, of course, an “Alright alright alright” shirt, and one emblazoned with “L-I-V-I-N”.
McConaughey’s wife, Camila Alves, showed off the merch at the festival on Saturday:
Don’t neglect the sunscreen, though — these clouds will give way to sunshine in the afternoon, but temperatures are expected to top out at just 75 degrees, a welcome change to the 80- and 90-degree temperatures of the previous two days.
Pineapples are the fruit of 2017. Or at least, they’re the fruit of Austin City Limits Music Festival 2017.
Nowhere was that more evident than at Glass Animals’ sundown set Saturday — the British psychedelic pop group rolled out on stage with a giant pineapple disco ball.
Frontman Dave Bayley is known for his sometimes-slinky-sometimes-aerobic dance moves, his whisper-singing and trippy lyrics that flip between the metaphorical and the highly literal so frequently, it’s hard to tell what message he’s trying to send (but it’s impossible to resist dancing along).
But the message he sent Saturday night at ACL Fest was, quite literally, “pineapples are in my head.” Y’all, there were pineapples in my head and everywhere else at the Honda stage.
1. A pineapple pool float
Right out the gate, a fan in the front of the crowd pulled out a massive pineapple pool float and hoisted it above his or her head during set opener “Life Itself” (off 2016’s “How To Be A Human Being”) and then “Black Mambo,” one of few songs the band played from its 2014 debut album “Zaba.”
2. Pineapple clothing
As Bayley introduced “Season 2 Episode 3,” I noticed the woman in front of me was wearing a pineapple tank top. She swayed slowly, and I wondered if she knew — was she a Glass Animals fan, or did she just love pineapple print? It’s hard to say. I thought the same when, during “Youth,” I noticed the woman next to me wore pineapple-print shorts. It’s a goshdarn pineapple conspiracy around here.
3. A giant sparkly pineapple on stage
The aforementioned pineapple disco ball lit up and started spinning during “Gooey,” undoubtedly the band’s most popular song. The pineapple-clad women around me began singing along. Maybe they were in on it, after all.
…that Bayley threw into the crowd as he sang the first verses of “Pork Soda.” Isn’t that dangerous? Pineapples are … prickly.
5. A pineapple maraca
This was the one pineapple I actually wished I owned. Drummer Joe Seaward pulled it out during “Pork Soda.”
6. A watermelon
Glass Animals had a watermelon-printed kick drum. Because why not? Bayley stood on the drum during “Agnes” and jumped off the first “I’m gonna hold you like you’re mine” drop.
Despite all the pineapples, the set’s most meta moment happened during “Poplar St.,” when Bayley remarked, “Did you steal an actual Poplar St. sign?” to someone in the audience who turned out to be Charles Hegi, who stole the sign from his small Arkansas town in “broad daylight,” he said.
So, he did what any Austin City Limits Music Festival attendee knows is the only thing to do at the end of a long night at the fest (fun fact: this specific dish was created for ACL Fest in 2002)— he got a Mighty Cone. Well, several Mighty Cones.
There’s no better way to find your friends at Austin City Limits Music Festival than with a colorful flag, a cheeky sign or maybe a giant blow-up of a celebrity’s (or a friend’s) head. Or anything “Rick and Morty”-related.
Here are the best signs, flags and “here’s how to find me” objects we spotted at the second weekend of ACL Fest 2017 (and on social media). We’ll keep updating this list as we spot more.
When he’s not crowd-surfing on a giant inflatable animal, Andrew McMahon is raising a million dollars for young adult cancer patients and survivors.
He started his charity project, the Dear Jack Foundation, after being diagnosed with — and surviving — leukemia in his early 20s, and in the State Farm “Here To Help” lounge at Austin City Limits Music Festival on Friday, he explained why: he saw a “chasm” in services for young adults who had survived or were battling cancer, and he knew from experience that there weren’t enough resources.
He’s also been working with the Love Hope Strength Foundation, a group that works to expand the bone marrow registry for cancer patients.
During the private evening performance, McMahon and bandmate Zac Clark played a stripped-down show consisting of just three songs (that he hadn’t played in his set on the Honda stage earlier in the day) before talking about the importance of giving back to their community.
“That was one of the hottest sets I’ve been onstage to play — I think I just woke up from the blackout,” McMahon said before playing “High Dive,” then laughing his way through an explanation of some of the lyrics in an early Jack’s Mannequin hit, “The Mixed Tape.”
“It was one of the few songs [my wife] took serious issue with — well, not serious issue, but mild — there’s a line in the song that says she broke into my house,” he said, referring to his then-ex-girlfriend, now-wife. “And she’s like, ‘I did not break into your house, I had a key.’ …she did have a key, but at the time she was not invited.”
Before playing “Fire Escape,” he pointed to his wife’s cousins in the back of the room and held a finger up to his lips, then told a story about hazy nights in New York City that inspired his final song.
“It could have been one night, it might have been three,” McMahon said, laughing. “I went to New York City on an off day. I ran into all sorts of weird and wonderful people…I ended up in a basement with all these probably Russian mobsters.”
The song, he said, was about how “you can have these miraculous adventures but it’s where you come home and who you come home to that make all these sidebars worth it.”
For McMahon, home is in California. As somebody who moved around a lot in his youth, his current home in South Orange County, where he’s lived for six years, is the longest he’s lived anywhere.
“The gossip is funny,” he said, laughing. “But when you have a strong community around you … it’s what keeps you grounded, which is something I need a lot of.”
For McMahon, home is also often on the road, so much so that it’s influenced his songwriting in a big way over the years. He referenced his Something Corporate song “I Woke Up in a Car” as an example of a pivotal moment when those experiences changed his songwriting process.
“Up to that point, songwriting wasn’t so story-based. It was the tumult of being an angsty teen and writing about your feelings. But I came home from a Something Corporate tour and had a book of stories about finding yourself on the road with your friends,” McMahon said, noting that his music has changed over the years. “[But] the things that turn me on about songwriting have always been the same — find something you connect to more deeply inside yourself that you’re resolving, that you can’t just say … that’s always been the goal.”
Also in the audience was Katie, McMahon’s sister who famously saved his life when she was a perfect bone marrow match during his cancer treatment. He used his story to encourage others to volunteer in their communities and find what matters to them.
“I was affected by something so profoundly that it made me want to figure out how to participate,” McMahon said. “It’s a crazy thing but to give things away is so much more of a gift to yourself.”