The double-whammy was ably achieved by the “New Romantics” singer during her first and only live appearance of 2016, which capped the Saturday (Oct. 22) festivities of the Formula 1 U.S. Grand Prix in Austin.
It wasn’t that long ago that the Austin City Limits Music festival booked its first hip-hop headliner, Kanye West in 2011. So it was nothing short of a triumph that the fest snagged the most relevant hip-hop headliner -- Kendrick Lamar, arguably among the most important artistic voices of this era -- to cap Day 2 of the 15th anniversary’s first weekend.
From the get-go on the first Friday of the Austin City Limits Music Festival, which kicked off its 15th anniversary over two weekends (Sept. 30-Oct. 2 & Oct. 7-9) in Zilker Park, the odds were largely in the fest’s favor.
For the launch of Samsung’s Galaxy Life Fest at SXSW, held Friday evening (March 11) for a few hundred in a former Austin post office downtown, it was a meeting of the old school and the new school with performances by The Strokes and The Arcs.
Among a population used to nearly nine months of summer each year, just a couple days of cold and gloomy conditions can cause some seasonal depression. So after Fun Fun Fun Fest’s on-and-off rainy first day and a second that yielded Austin, Texas’ most wintry weather so far this season, Sunday’s consistently blue skies and pleasant, 60-degree sunshine felt like a fresh take for the festival, which celebrated its 10th anniversary with tens of thousands of attendees over the three-day run (Nov. 6-8) in the heart of the city’s downtown at Auditorium Shores.
Fun Fun Fun Fest kicked off its 10th edition on Friday, Nov. 6, at downtown lakeside locale Auditorium Shores with headlining turns from the likes of Chvrches, Cheap Trick, Schoolboy Q and Coheed and Cambria.