Every year, World Mental Health Day is observed on Oct. 10 to raise awareness of mental health issues and support mental health efforts.
Thousands of people spoke out online to support those with mental illness, share their own struggles with mental illness or discuss stigmas surrounding mental health across the globe. Austin City Limits Music Festival headliners The XX were among those who shared their stories online.
The band, made up of Oliver Sim, Jamie XX and Romy Madley Croft, posted on its Facebook page that the three of them are “best friends” but struggled with opening up emotionally — and that’s why they’re thankful for songwriting, which has give them a place to “pour our emotions into.”
Overheard at Portugal. The Man’s set at Austin City Limits Music Festival on Sunday: People who did not have any patience for Portugal. The Man.
“Just play ‘Feel It Still!’ a teenage boy yelled.
“I only know ‘Feel It Still,'” a woman remarked.
It was a common sentiment. Portugal. The Man were cursed with the one-two punch of a smallish stage and sound issues that made it seem like you were sitting at another stage and thinking, “Oh, I think I can hear Portugal. The Man from here.”
You definitely couldn’t hear it at the HomeAway stage — unless you were close enough. Which we all were, at one point. After hearing how low the volume was, a good portion of the crowd decided their evening was better spent finding a good spot for one of Sunday’s headliners.
After an onscreen message telling the crowd they weren’t good at “stage banter,” the band kicked off their sunset set with Pink Floyd’s “Another Brick In The Wall,” segued into “Purple Yellow Red and Blue.”
Portugal. The Man is a band that sounds better in an enclosed venue — for example, ACL Live, where they played earlier this year. The band’s super-chill, synth-psych sound doesn’t really equal “festival headliner.” In a more relaxed venue, where you can get a little buzzed on expensive cocktails and bob your head and maybe even singalong to “Got It All,” Portugal. The Man delivers. But to a crowd of sweaty, tired festival-goers, the prospect of spreading out a blanket to camp out for “Mr. Brightside” or “Feel Good Inc.” was worth not hearing a band’s radio hit. To be fair, “Feel It Still” is a certified jam, and was perhaps the song of the (late) summer. But as the crowd walked away to “Hip Hop Kids,” a few dedicated fans were happy to push closer to the stage. The band, quiet still, but grateful — “We love you, Texas,” they said — sounded a little sweeter as the sun went down and Gorillaz took the stage in the distance.
Security guards were spotted handing out water to the crowd and sprayed water on those in the front row and along barriers.
The shady spots at the festival filled up quickly, with a cool spot to sit being hard to come by. The new area on the other side of Barton Springs Road was an added bonus for those looking for shade, offering a big cluster of shade trees. The two additional canopies in the center of the park also helped with heat relief.
Another day of Austin City Limits Music Festival is in the books.
Here’s what you missed: Skydivers to the tune of “Free Fallin'” by Tom Petty. Glitter everywhere. A giant hashtag sign (that for some reason people keep photographing backwards). Inflatable furniture that’s allegedly not allowed, but still all over the park anyway. A crowd of screaming teens at Tove Lo. The Texas Longhorns winning in overtime. And so, so much more.
Everyone knows the best way to find your friends at Austin City Limits Music Festival is to bring a flag, sign or otherwise interesting-looking object you can stack on top of a pole and carry around all day.
“I’m standing under the giant inflatable pineapple,” I remember texting to a friend one ACL Fest. The next year, it was a volleyball painted like Wilson from “Castaway.” The next year, it was a windsock shaped like a parrot. You get the picture.
Would it be a huge Austin event if Matthew McConaughey didn’t show up somewhere?
The answer is no, obviously.
McConaughey, the patron saint of Austin and purveyor of all things Texas, popped up at Jay-Z’s closing set at Austin City Limits Music Festival on Friday night.
According to KVUE, the Oscar-winning actor and University of Texas professor was spotted on the ACL Fest Snapchat story walking on a ramp toward the stage as fans chanted “Alright, alright, alright” (because of course they did) and threw up Hook ‘Em signs (again, duh).
Devoted Jay-Z fans were able to spot him as he walked through the crowd:
Jay Z is awesome and I got a high five from @McConaughey the weekend is off to a good start.