Finalizing our ACL Festival Game Plan with Do512’s Lawrence Boone

Preparing for ACL Fest with Deidre - photo credit Ashley Garmon

It’s finally here! The Austin City Limits Music Festival starts on Friday and we can’t wait to get out to Zilker Park to celebrate and enjoy one of the most popular music festivals in the world. To help us round out our schedule, Lawrence Boone, editor of Do512 and Covert Curiosity, gave us his picks for the top talent to check out this weekend. His biggest tip: get to the park early!

“As we approach the colossal two-weekend event known as the Austin City Limits Music Festival, we’re faced with the task of figuring out how many bands we can see in a single day. If you want to do it right, we recommend getting to the festival by noon to see as many bands as possible. Plenty of great acts are playing early sets, starting with Temples at 1:15pm on Friday.

Hailing from Kettering, England, Temples quickly made fans at home and abroad after releasing their debut full-length, “Sun Structures,” in February of this year. If you enjoy the psychedelic pop/rock sounds of the 60’s, from Pink Floyd to The Kinks, you need to see Temples. The band performed at SXSW earlier this year, then rocked Coachella and Austin Psych Fest.

On Saturday, be sure to catch the emerging rock star Benjamin Booker at 1pm. He’s a 25-year-old blues-rocker who is quickly becoming a big deal, influenced by The White Stripes and The Black Keys. Booker just released his debut album last month, and was hand-picked by Jack White to be his opening act on tour.

Also catch the eclectic pop singer Mac DeMarco at 1:30pm on Saturday. His ridiculous on-stage antics are the stuff of legend, but beneath his often wacky exterior is a person who has a real gift for penning memorable songs. His recent album, ““Salad Days,” was met with widespread critical acclaim. Essentially, he’s the drunk guy at the party who you laugh at until he picks up an acoustic guitar and blows your mind.”

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