Austin City Limits 2012: Our Guide to the Weekend’s Must-See Acts
This weekend, music fans from across the country will flock to Texas for Austin City Limits. Festival by day and rowdy artist showcase by night, ACL consistently features an diverse range of artists – everyone from Weezer to the Weeknd. But, this year more than ever, the slate of dance artists performing will keep EDM lovers busy all three days. Check out elektro's picks below.
You can catch the Californian DJ twice at ACL, but the late-night Friday show gets our vote. Bassnectar will perform with Gramatik and Gladkill at Austin Music Hall on Friday night at 10 p.m. Tickets are an additional $40 but the indoor light show will make it worth the price. Expect lots of goodies from his EP Freestyle, out Tuesday.
The experimental electro-band will play a sold out late night set at Emo’s East on Saturday night. But if you missed out on tickets, check out their Sunday set at the Honda stage at 7:30 p.m. You’ll be treated to new tracks from the group's new record III.
The Swedish dance-pop darling will close out the AMD stage on Friday at 8:15 p.m. Expect the usual mix of well-known hits and as-yet-unreleased gems.
The guys behind “Midnight City” will dominate the Barton Springs stage on Friday at 7:30. Fans of indie-dance know not to miss their set of dream-like tracks.
The eccentric (to put it gently) South African duo own rap-rave these days. On Saturday at 5:15 catch them at the Honda stage playing new tracks from this year’s album Ten$ion.
Alain Macklovitch, the man behind Fool’s Gold Records and DJ sensei, never fails to deliver fast-paced sets full of surprises. He’ll be scratching up a storm at the Honda Stage at 5:15 p.m. on Friday.
Big Gigantic spent the summer serenading festival after festival with its electro-sax combo, and fans keep coming back for the synth duo. At 5 p.m. on Saturday they’ll take the Honda stage.
Start Sunday morning off right with Kimbra at 12:15 p.m. in the Bud Light tent. The voice behind Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used to Know” and Mark Foster and A-Trak’s “Warrior” will show off her sultry range; tracks like "Settle Down" proves she has major solo staying power.
The electro-crunk lady with one name will open Saturday morning at 12:30 p.m. in the AMD tent. Her voice on the chorus of Far East Movement's hit "Like A G6" put her on the map, but it's her solo tracks that make her worth the early call time.
The electro-pop teensy blonde will prove herself on Saturday with an afternoon set at 1:15 p.m. in the Honda tent followed by a signing in the Waterloo Autograph Tent at 2:30 p.m. Her experimental leanings make her one to watch this weekend.
Check out the full Austin City Limits lineup HERE.
Written by Jessica Goodman