A combination of no workday, even milder temperatures and a modest throng of Drake devotees rushing to be at the front of the stage for the rapper’s evening headline set resulted in a noticeably larger crowd when the gates opened at 11 a.m. Saturday for day two of the Austin City Limits Music Festival in Zilker Park.
As the “Star Wars” theme wafted across the grounds, many at the front of the pack made a beeline for the Samsung Galaxy stage, where they’ll have a long wait until his 8:30 p.m. appearance. Other big draws on the Saturday schedule include Alabama Shakes, A$AP Rocky, Deadmau5, Sturgill Simpsom, G-Eazy and TV on the Radio.
A smattering of the early-arrivers headed for the Beer Hall, where a big-screen TV was showing the Texas-TCU game that had just gotten under way. We ran into a football enthusiast who actually attended both schools as an undergrad, by the name of Peter Blackstock. Oh wait, that’s me. Well, here’s what I said:
“I graduated from the University of Texas so I guess I deeper ties to the Longhorns. But it’s pretty obvious that TCU has a better football team right now. So I’m conflicted.”
Blackstock was heard simultaneously cheering and cursing when a Longhorns fumble led to an early Horned Frogs touchdown as he headed back to the media tent to file this early report.