Greatest Moments From the Austin Metropolis Limits Music Pageant 2022

For the previous 20 years, locals and out-of-towners alike have gathered for Austin Metropolis Limits Music Pageant in Austin, TX, for 2 weekends in October. A member of the latter class, I joined the 200,000+ individuals in attendance for weekend one from Oct. 7 to 9, because of American Categorical (which had its personal stage and a number of other activations on the pageant) who introduced me alongside for an unforgettable, VIP expertise.

I am not an avid pageant goer, so I wasn’t positive what to anticipate, but it surely seems ACL was a super occasion to dip my toes in. Set in Austin’s beloved Zilker Park, the pageant was a simple stroll from the Carpenter Hotel in South Austin, the place I stayed for the weekend. (Apart from the sheer comfort, the lodge had this cool, outdated Texas really feel and was curated to perfection with native touches; it felt very Austin — very thrilling for a first-timer.)

Regardless of the variety of individuals on the pageant, I observed they made up a comparatively chill crowd, with a spread of followers trying ahead to the number of performers. ACL’s lineup catered to all types of crowds, from indie acts like Japanese Breakfast to each EDM and nation musicians. Working example: the massive headliners this 12 months had been Pink, SZA, The Chicks, Crimson Sizzling Chili Peppers, Lil Nas X, Flume, Kacey Musgraves, and Paramore. As an off-the-cuff music-lover who has a broad style in music, I used to be notably desperate to see Carly Rae Jepsen, Jazmine Sullivan, and Japanese Breakfast, along with the headlining acts.

My all-access Platinum wristbands gave me the selection of a number of areas to benefit from the units, like front-row entry within the pits (the place I witnessed Lil Nas X, Pink, Paramore, and Jepsen jamming out up shut), the elevated viewing deck within the Platinum Lounge, and from the consolation of an air-conditioned deluxe lounge crammed with scrumptious eats once I wanted to recharge from all of the strolling and dancing. It is true what Anna Delvey says — VIP is all the time higher. I additionally frolicked on the Amex Experience, which had enjoyable activations and freebies for each Platinum cardholders and non-cardholders alike, together with DIY telephone charms, ice cream, picture ops, and glam stations. Fortunately, these perks can be found each weekends, so weekend-two company also can make the most of the expertise.

From Lil Nas X’s theatrical, compelling stage to Pink’s mini Cirque du Soleil-esque efficiency, ACL stuffed me with contagious vitality and supplied some nice additions to my Spotify playlists. I found new artists, heard from seasoned favorites for the primary time, and located renewed love for nostalgic artists. Whether or not you are prepping for weekend two or curious as to what you’ve got missed, preserve scrolling to examine probably the most standout moments from ACL from somebody who was proper on the bottom.

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