ACL: Music to My Ears

Written by NAVEED HAQUE

Even though I originally had plans to attend the OU vs. Texas game, I decided three days prior to the event that I would rather go to ACL. Being my first concert, ACL was far from a disappointment even though the third day (Sunday) got canceled due to the weather.

The first day I was able to see Jimmy Eat World, Fun., Vampire Weekend, Kaskade, and MUSE. Being able to finally see some of the bands that I have been listening to since 8th grade was a very surreal moment. To finally see the people behind the voices that have been blasting through my earphones for years now, was almost as a revealing moment as meeting the voice of Siri.

Vampire Weekend’s performance was quite remarkable, yet simple. The floral backdrop, the lead vocalist, Ezra Koenig, in his ray-bans, with his 80s themed outfit, made it seem like he came straight out of the set of “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.” On top of all that they played some of their old hits such as Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa, Oxford Comma, and many more.

One of the most memorable moments for me during ACL was during Kaskade’s performance. Being extremely lucky, I was able to be front row and dead center, which allowed me to be at the heart of the performance. During his track list, he started playing Young & Beautiful by Lana Del Rey [Kaskade Remix]. Soon as the song reached the drop, it started pouring rain. It was by far the most magical moment I have ever experienced.

Day two, and the last, was just as amazing. My favorite performance by far was Kendrick Lamar. Being a contemporary hip-hop dancer I had to pay tribute by attending his show since he is one of the major headliners in the hip-hop industry today.  Even an hour before his show people were swarmed around the stage. Luckily, I was able to crawl myself to about forty feet from the stage. Sadly, being 5’2, it didn’t exactly allow me to enjoy the show to the ‘highest’ potential. After seeing hundreds of vines of “m.A.A.d city” and the thousands of people jumping and getting excited for his performance, it was an amazing feeling to finally be in the place of the audience and feel all that energy as well as the second-hand high.

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