I’m now too old for music festivals; I realized this in 2014 when I attended Riotfest in Chicago. I was constantly searching for shade, water, food that wasn’t fried, a spare solitary moment away from the crowds. I was hellbent on having a good spot for The Cure, though, so I immersed myself in the crowd at that particular stage hours before the band was scheduled to play. As each opening set ended, I’d squeeze my way through as a portion of the crowd dispersed and space momentarily opened before a mess of new bodies scrambled to fill it.
By the time the band took the stage, I was exhausted to the point of delirium. Dehydrated, my feet hurt, back hurt, I was out of water. But dammit, I saw The Cure.
Never again, I told myself.
Then, Austin City Limits announced Radiohead as this year’s headliner, and suddenly I was rethinking my retirement. Good sense ultimately prevailed, thanks mostly to my bank balance, but the fear of missing out lingered.
Thankfully, Guthrie Green is providing a pretty amazing way to experience ACL in all its glory this year, without the cost, travel, or exhaustion.
As part of its SEASON OF FESTIVALS, Red Bull TV will live-stream this weekend’s festival at Guthrie Green on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. The stream will include festival performances, obviously, as well as on-the-spot interviews with artists and immersive snapshots of the sights, sounds, colors, and people that populate Zilker Park and the festival, apart from the music.
So music lovers should grab a blanket, cooler and a few friends and plan on camping out at Guthrie Green this weekend. Radiohead, Kendrick Lamar, LCD Soundsystem, M83 and Mumford and Sons, among many others, are scheduled to perform.
Finally, as it does every year, a little bit of ACL will spill over into Tulsa this week as traveling bands stop by on their way to and from the festival. Here are the ACL acts also playing Tulsa:
Friday, September 30: L.A. indie rockers Local Natives perform at Cain’s. Tickets still available.
Saturday, October 1: The lively Birmingham 8-piece act St. Paul & The Broken Bones perform at Cain’s. Tickets still available.
Sunday, October 2: Freeky South African hip-hop group Die Antwoord will play the Cain’s. The show is sold out, but you can still find a ticket if you’re creative (pro-tip: go to Craigslist).
Meanwhile, that same night, Andra Day and Corinne Bailey Rae will play the Brady Theater. Tickets are still available.
Monday, October 3: Weepy sad-dad rockers Band of Horses play Cain’s. Tickets still available.
Tuesday, October 4: New Zealanders The Naked and Famous perform at Cain’s. Tickets still available.
Meanwhile, indie dance-rockers The Wombats will be partying at The Vanguard. Tickets still available.
Wednesday, October 5: The epic French electronic act M83 performs at the Brady Theater. Tickets still available.
Monday, October 10: Brooklyn indie rockers Bear Hands will stop by the Vanguard on their way back to New York for a "low dough" sponsored by Z104.5. Tickets are still available.