By Michael Corcoran
Editor’s note: This article was originally published October 6, 2013
After Kendrick Lamar’s sensatitonal Saturday set, look for more cutting edge hip hop at ACL, said Charles Attal, who’s in charge of booking. "We were looking at how it was going to go over and it surpassed (all our expectations)," he said. The Cure and Kings of Leon were billed as Saturday headliners, but Lamar had the biggest buzz by lightyears.
ACL has booked several rap acts in the past, including Big K.R.I.T. and the Roots last year, Nas with Damian Marley in 2011, as well as co-headliner Kanye West, Big Boi, Common and Mos Def, but Lamar is that rare street rapper with critical acclaim performing in his prime.
Attal said he and his partners are also curious about seeing how Lionel Richie will go over tonight in the fest-closing slot. "I thought he’d be a (great booking), but I wasn’t sure so I asked all our younger people on staff and every single one was excited about Lionel Richie. Attal said it’s possible that C3 might use the Sunday headlining slot for more "heritage" acts if Richie whips up the crowd.