Let's do it again.
It's time for the second weekend of Austin City Limits Music Festival. We know, we know, it hardly feels like any time has passed since we were all sweating profusely in Zilker Park to the sounds of Brittany Howard. But whether you're coming to this year's fest for the first time or heading into the park for round two, there's plenty to learn.
All of Weekend One's headliners return for the next round except Cardi B, who will be replaced by Swedish pop star Robyn on Sunday at the Honda stage. Playing right before her on the next-door Miller Lite stage is Lizzo, who last weekend drew a jaw-dropping crowd of thousands. (According to the "Truth Hurts" rapper on Instagram, 60,000 flooded the festival grounds to watch her do her thing.) She heads into the second weekend as one of the most anticipated artists on the lineup.
Headliners Guns N' Roses, Tame Impala, the Cure, Childish Gambino and Mumford & Sons keep the same set times, as do Weekend One draws Billie Eilish, Kacey Musgraves, Third Eye Blind and Gary Clark Jr. Despite Lil Uzi Vert cancelling his set the first weekend, festival representatives said his performance is still on the schedule for Friday.
And good news, sweaty people, the weather should be much more bearable this weekend, thanks to a cold front. Phew.
Our team rounded up their can't-miss performances based on Weekend One. Get complete coverage of both weekends of the fest at austin360.com/acl.
— Eric Webb, Austin360 editor
Billie Eilish (6 p.m. Saturday, Honda): If you think you don't "get" the slightly spooky teen pop phenom, then you'll solve that problem right quick by seeing her in action. Watch how she and her fans communicate. (I should note that you will be one of those fans.) — E.W.
Brittany Howard (4 p.m. Saturday, Honda): Stepping out from Alabama Shakes, Howard unleashed a volcano of emotions in an hourlong set that ran from Motown-inspired sweet soul to powerful sociopolitical declarations. — Peter Blackstock, American-Statesman staff
Childish Gambino (8 p.m. Saturday, American Express): In his Saturday night headliner slot the first weekend, the R&B/rap star (aka actor Donald Glover) did not play an ordinary festival set. Instead, it was a radical act of artistic expression. For an hour and a half, he sang, rapped and danced like his life depended on it, guiding the audience through an epic, emotional journey that was by turns feel-good, end-of-summer jam, furious funk outcry and revival meeting. Glover has promised to retire his rap alter ego this year, indicating that his second ACL Fest set will be his final Gambino performance. He will certainly take it out in a blaze of sweat, soul and glory. — Deborah Sengupta Stith, American-Statesman staff
The Cure (8 p.m. Saturday, Honda): Tough choice between this one and what’s purportedly Donald Glover’s last performance as Childish Gambino on the other side of the park. But Robert Smith and company really delivered in Weekend One, serving up hit after hit after hit that reminded why their music has stood the test of time. — P.B.
Duckwrth (1:15 Sunday, T-Mobile): Duckwrth, Duckwrth, Duckwrth! The rising hip-hop artist is an absolute hurricane of talent and charisma. If there is any justice in the world, one day he'll be a headliner. — Kayleigh Hughes, special to the American-Statesman
Gary Clark Jr. (6 p.m. Saturday, American Express): No doubt the mad rush in this time slot will once again be for Billie Eilish across the park. But our hometown hero and his dozen-strong band showed in Weekend One just why he’s so beloved by Austin music fans, with a sterling set that covered the full range of what he does and included a few local guests as well. — P.B.
Idles (2 p.m. Sunday, Honda): The Bristol, U.K., punk band churns out loud-as-a-bomb anthems about Brexit, but they also pitched an inclusive tent that welcomed curious onlookers with polite onstage banter. They worked wonders early in the heat, playing abrasive and high-energy music that could have been a tough fit. — Ramon Ramirez, special to the American-Statesman
Joseph (2 p.m. Sunday, American Express): Sister trio Joseph brings their Portland, Oregon, brand of folk rock to an early afternoon set. Come for the girl-power vibes and stay for the big beltin' vocals and boot-stompin' guitar licks. — Johanna Gretschel, American-Statesman staff
Kacey Musgraves (6 p.m. Sunday, American-Express): Texas’ very own rodeo country queen Kacey Musgraves delivered her hits and charming wit during the golden hour last weekend. Wait until her mid-set cover of Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance With Somebody,” then boogie over to claim a spot at Lizzo, though the Grammy Award winner’s entire set is worth seeing. — J.G.
Kali Uchis (5 p.m. Saturday, Miller Lite): Clad in a flesh-tone, sequin-adorned bodycon dress with matching stiletto heels and, interestingly, a balaclava that obscured everything but her eyes, the Colombian American artist oozed sensuality and mystery in her Weekend One set. She honey-dripped her vocals over sultry soul pop jams, smoothly switching between English and Spanish, in a set that unfolded as a gauzy late-afternoon daydream. — D.S.S.
King Princess (4 p.m. Friday, Honda): I talked to the singer, aka Mikaela Straus, before she kicked off her Cheap Queen tour at ACL Fest in the first weekend's blazing sun. She said it's time for gay divas, and Straus is definitely taking the mantle. During her show, she owned every inch of the Honda stage and gave it all. Her lyrics, as she would say, are “true tea, so sip it slow.” — E.W.
Lizzo (7 p.m. Sunday, Miller Lite): Back in 2016, the Minneapolis rapper was pure magic in an early afternoon set. It was six months after her city’s icon, Prince, had died. After the show, she told the Statesman she was profoundly affected by his passing. “I’m dedicating myself to positive music,” she said. She hoped to be part of “a new wave of positivity that I think the world really needs right now." Fast-forward three years, and the entire world is under her spell. Her Weekend One set drew one of the biggest crowds we’ve ever seen at ACL Fest. Lizzo used the hour she had to preach her gospel of booty-popping self-love. (And, of course, to slay a couple unworthy gentleman with “Jerome” and the ubiquitous hit “Truth Hurts.”) At one point, she led a rhythm exercise to “see what happens when 40,000 people are stomping and clapping in the name of love.” (She later said on Instagram that 60,000 people were watching.) Lizzo wanted us to fill the city, the country, the world with our love. This year, the former Houstonian ascended to the top echelons of the global pop pantheon, and her ACL Fest set proved she’s fulfilled her dream, using her soul-queen pipes and her goddess power to make the whole damn world better. — D.S.S.
Monsieur Periné (3:30 p.m. Friday, Tito's Handmade Vodka): Stop what you're doing and add rising Colombian stars Monsieur Periné to your playlists. And while you're at it, add them to your ACL Fest Weekend Two schedule. Their highly choreographed pan-Latin grooves lit up the crowd, got the hips shaking and spotlighted the Latin Grammy winners' undeniable showmanship. — Nancy Flores, American-Statesman staff
Natalia Lafourcade (5 p.m. Saturday, VRBO): She pumped up crowds, tugged at the heartstrings, honored the student-led climate strike and yet a pack crowd still couldn't get enough. Don't underestimate the power that this petite Mexican singer-songwriter can unleash at her electric live shows. — N.F.
Sigrid (2 p.m. Saturday, American Express): People throw around the phrase “making it look easy” pretty casually. But then this Norwegian pop singer comes out with superheroic vocal chops and collar-grabbing hooks that make you feel like you're sitting on a couch in the recording studio and just watching her lay down a track with the greatest of ease. — E.W.
Tierra Whack (3:15 Saturday, T-Mobile): The Philadelphia rapper is a fantastic internet troll who uploads quirky and great art; last year’s “Whack World” is only 15 minutes in length. IRL, however, she’s downright subversive and made the T-Mobile stage her playground. — R.R.