Before Lizzo's Weekend Two Austin City Limits Music Festival performance, there was some speculation that the massive crowd she drew Weekend One was boosted, in part, by the fact that she was essentially opening for Cardi B, one of the biggest rap superstars in the game. Well, second time around, her crowd, once again, dwarfed anything we've ever seen on a side stage at the fest.
By 4 p.m., a sizable mass was already gathered for her 7 p.m. set. By 5 p.m., festival representatives were warning folks in the press lounge, adjacent to the Miller Lite stage where Lizzo performed, that if we needed to get out, we should plan to leave at least 45 minutes before Lizzo's set. By the time she took the stage, a sea of humanity stretched from the Miller Lite stage past the larger Honda stage, filling the entire west end of the park.
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Early in her exhilarating 60-minute set, the Minneapolis rapper gazed out at the masses and exclaimed it was the "biggest (expletive) crowd I've ever seen in my life."
To accommodate demand for the artist, whose single "Truth Hurts" has dominated charts for the last couple months, festival organizers broadcast her performance on the Honda stage big screens as well as the single big screen on the Miller Lite stage. Unfortunately, they did not (were not able to?) broadcast sound from that stage.
Still, the rear section of the crowd (which Lizzo affectionately referred to as her “hot pocket in the back”) participated wholeheartedly in the booty club soul revival and self-love communion even if they were mostly vibing to the sound of their own voices singing and rapping along to Lizzo’s catalog of bangers and testimonials.
Once again, her singalong version of the soulful (expletive) boy clapback “Jerome” created a galaxy of phone lights that seemed to stretch to Barton Springs.
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As an intro to the stirring ode to loving yourself, “Soulmate,” she convinced the crowd to do a wave from the front of the stage to the back of the crowd and then back up to the stage. Though it got lost for a minute on the rebound, it was a spectacle to behold and Lizzo squealed with delight.
HUMAN TIDAL WAVE OF 75,000 PEOPLE
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With the exception of an extended flute solo intro to closing song “Juice,” her set closely mirrored the one she played Weekend One. The booty gyrations were spectacular; the calls for love, compassion and positivity were inspiring; and “Truth Hurts” was explosive.
This is the year that Lizzo skyrocketed to superstardom and there’s no doubt that the next time we see her at ACL Fest, it will be on the fest’s biggest stage.
Eric Webb contributed to this report.