Tyler, the Creator, Doja Cat, Machine Gun Kelly and the best of ACL’s first weekend

Austin City Limits got off to a rough start on Friday. The festival gates, which were scheduled to open at noon, delayed entry for fans until 3 p.m. due to heavy rains the day before, creating a traffic jam in the streets and at entrances.

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Meghan Thee Stallion performed at the ACL on Friday.

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Once fans entered Zilker Park, they were treated to acts such as Machine Gun Kelly which debuted at 4 p.m. on the Honda Stage. Live music was back in full force. MGK’s set was just the tip of the iceberg on Friday. Shortly after her set, Megan Thee Stallion – one of the many Texan artists on the bill – blew up the roof of the stage and was even joined by Miley Cyrus at one point. You could even say it was … “wild”.

Click to enlarge Marc Rebillet of North Texas aka Loop Daddy had the most entertaining set at ACL.  - RACHEL PARKER

Marc Rebillet of North Texas aka Loop Daddy had the most entertaining set at ACL.

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A real treat on Friday, however, was the filming of young Dermot Kennedy on the VRBO stage, which made it a clear opportunity for audiences as they watched over the precipice.

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Charley crockett

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Saturday’s shows ironed out all the difficulties of the day before and started off as usual. Performer Gracie Abrams, daughter of TV and film royalty JJ Abrams, wore a “Bans off my body” hat for her set, something that was a recurring theme among the women who performed on the weekends. . The Ladies reigned supreme on the Lady Bird stage, where Girl in Red tore the stage apart by taking off her shoes – then instantly regretting doing it on a stage that was baking in the sun.

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Saint-Vincent was at home in Texas.

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Phoebe Bridgers performed her brand of emo songs, laughing as she dedicated a song to “everyone who ever had to lie to CPS for their parents.” Doja Cat hit the Honda scene right after, completely changing the mood with jungle backdrop and backup dancers. It was a visual feast and the crowd couldn’t help but nod to the rhythm of the catchy beats.

Click to enlarge Doja Cat hosted a visual feast at ACL.  - RACHEL PARKER

Doja Cat hosted a visual feast at ACL.

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The male performers also had their moments on Saturday. North Texan Charley Crockett lit up the VRBO scene by bringing a heavy dose of classic country to the festival. Crockett feels torn from the Johnny Cash generation, Merle Haggard, and was a welcome bit of variety on a weekend full of mostly contemporary music acts.

Click to enlarge Machine Gun Kelly left Megan at home and rocked the scene at ACL.  - RACHEL PARKER

Machine Gun Kelly left Megan at home and rocked the scene at ACL.

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Jack Harlow closed the Miller stage on Saturday, drawing a massive crowd. Easily one of the biggest draws of the day, Miller even had singer Shawn Mendes in the crowd. The level of arrogance on Harlow alone could fill a stadium, making it a performance not to be missed.

Click to enlarge Phoebe Bridgers played against ACL this weekend.  - RACHEL PARKER

Phoebe Bridgers played against ACL this weekend.

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Sunday, the last day of the first weekend, Dallas native Marc Rebillet aka Loop Daddy tore up the T-Mobile stage, improvising songs on the spot. One concerned the possibility of “seeing your penis through your pants”. Rebillet was probably the craziest ensemble of the whole weekend – and insanely entertaining.

Click to enlarge Karol G with dancers at Austin City Limits.  - RACHEL PARKER

Karol G with dancers at Austin City Limits.

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Another Dallas gem, St. Vincent, hit the T-Mobile scene after sunset, bringing its glam rock brand to the festival. His fans ate him. Performing several songs from his latest album daddy’s house set against a downtown style cityscape backdrop in true St. Vincent theatrical fashion, his show was complete with subtle choreography.

Click to enlarge Machine Gun Kelly fired at ACL.  - RACHEL PARKER

Machine Gun Kelly fired at ACL.

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Tyler, the creator closed the lineup, and his performance was complete with a full-size boat, fireworks, and enough energy to propel Texas into a blizzard. A late addition to Da Baby’s place, which has been replaced due to recent homophobic comments, Tyler’s crowd was not as large as one might expect, an unfortunate effect of being closer on Sunday . It was a fantastic set nonetheless, a complete visual spectacle to accompany his carefully crafted songs.

Click to enlarge Tyler, the creator closed the festival on Sunday.  - RACHEL PARKER

Tyler, the creator closed the festival on Sunday.

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Click to enlarge Loop Daddy Marc Rebillet sang in front of the crowd with visible penises.  - RACHEL PARKER

Loop Daddy Marc Rebillet sang in front of the crowd with visible penises.

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Click to enlarge Doja Cat had a kitten.  - RACHEL PARKER

Doja Cat had a kitten.

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Click to enlarge Zella was super entertaining at ACL.  - RACHEL PARKER

Zella was super entertaining at ACL.

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Click to enlarge Meghan Thee Stallion put on a wild show.  - RACHEL PARKER

Meghan Thee Stallion put on a wild show.

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Click to enlarge Amber Mark marked her spot on stage at ACL.  - RACHEL PARKER

Amber Mark marked her spot on stage at ACL.

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Click to enlarge A tribute to Queen Billie Eilish at the Austin City Limits Festival.  - RACHEL PARKER

A tribute to Queen Billie Eilish at the Austin City Limits Festival.

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Click to enlarge The girl in red gave a fiery performance at the ACL.  - RACHEL PARKER

The girl in red gave a fiery performance at the ACL.

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Click to enlarge Charley Crockett brought him back to Texas.  - RACHEL PARKER

Charley Crockett brought him back to Texas.

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Click to enlarge Rüfüs Du Sol shone on stage.  - RACHEL PARKER

Rüfüs Du Sol shone on stage.

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Click to enlarge Cautious Clay put on the show last weekend.  - RACHEL PARKER

Cautious Clay put on the show last weekend.

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Click to enlarge Polo G in concert at the ACL.  - RACHEL PARKER

Polo G in concert at the ACL.

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Click to enlarge St. Vincent, aka Annie Clark, brought glam rock to Austin.  - RACHEL PARKER

St. Vincent, aka Annie Clark, brought glam rock to Austin.

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Click to enlarge Dermot Kennedy proved why he was about to break out.  - RACHEL PARKER

Dermot Kennedy has proven why he’s about to break out.

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Click to enlarge Tyler, the creator replaced Da Baby and shut down ACL.  - RACHEL PARKER

Tyler, the creator replaced Da Baby and shut down ACL.

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