ACL Fest – Day 3: 2017

Sunday was the sunniest and hottest day during ACL Fest Weekend 1. Bill and I wanted to see the evening headliners, so we didn’t arrive at the festival until late afternoon. Over the years, we have learned that hot days really sap our energy. This later arrival strategy worked out well for us.

Before writing about our Sunday schedule, I want to mention some new trends at this year’s festival. In addition to flags or dangling inflatable objects, many flagpoles were also displaying Big Heads. Initially, these oversized heads (mostly of celebrities) seemed amusing, but I learned to dislike them because they blocked my view of the stage.

Silent Disco was offered for two hours each evening. Participants were given headphones and could select from three DJ channels: Hip Hop/R&B, Top 40, and 80s-now. There was lots of dancing going on—quietly—when we walked by that stage.

Here’s the bands that we saw on Sunday:


Milky Chance

First Aid Kit

Louis the Child




The Head and the Heart

Portugal. The Man.

Vance Joy



The Killers

Here’s a list of our favorite bands from ACL Fest Weekend 1:
Friday: Asleep at the Wheel, Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, The Revivalists
Saturday: Cut Copy, Spoon
Sunday: Vance Joy, The Killers

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