Toronto indie band Alvvays is a consummate fest professional, starting five minutes early on the ACL Fest Miller Lite stage and charging through a crisp, catchy 50-minute set with smiles and good spirits.
The band’s breezy, romantic uni-rock (which is what I assume we call “college rock” if the band’s Canadian) always plays well with a midday festival crowd, and ACL-goers at the 2:45 set were no exception, bouncing and dancing along to hits from throughout the Alvvays catalogue. Lead singer Molly Rankin also knew exactly how to get on people’s good side, complimenting the many Beto O'Rourke campaign shirts she observed from the stage.
Alvvays has a swoony, casual good nature that translates well to a live setting. And though no one acquiesced to the band’s playful request for a personal assistant to cool them off with paper fans, Rankin and crew kept up their energy and appeared incredibly chill amid what the singer described as a “spicy” climate.
MORE: Pregame ACL Fest with Uncle Billy's canned cocktails The band would likely be consistent and enjoyable even with a bad sound setup, but fortunately the sound at the Miller Lite stage for their set was ideal, allowing Rankin’s vocals to come through clearly and for the rest of the band to pop as well.