I wasn’t paying attention.
At 7 p.m. Sunday, I was caught between the Miller Lite stage and the beer hall, crammed between Lizzo fans. Yes, the chart-topping rapper for the second straight week had more fans than her time slot supports, and projecting her set onto the nearby Honda stage’s video screens did little to thin the herd up front. Moreover, many of her fans are youthful — with scrambling parents — and so jostling through the audience proved more difficult because of stationary patrons protective of giving an inch.
But at the Austin City Limits Music Festival, Lizzo wasn’t the only game in town at 7 p.m. Performing simultaneously, Griz and Lany drew respectable spillover traffic.
» Related: Robyn at ACL Fest: Ecstasy and a mass singalong to ‘Dancing On My Own’
Two women from Houston told me they were watching Kacey Musgraves earlier and gave up on making Lizzo’s set because it was “too crazy.” A dejected fan in a black and sparkly Lizzo T-shirt was seen standing near the exits.
Much earlier, around 12:30 p.m. when there were way less people in Zilker Park, songwriter Julia Jacklin put it best.
» Related: We asked, you gushed: Why do you love Lizzo?
“Thanks for booking all these great female artists. It’s refreshing,” she said onstage. “Especially with all these female headliners. ... We sell tickets.”
Featuring live horns and guest rappers, Michigan’s Griz presided over a reasonably raging affair. The DJ born Grant Richard Kwiecinski played soulful party music.
“My friends and I can make this party come alive,” goes 2016’s “My Friends and I.”
That was mostly true, but the sweaty folks who apparently squeezed out of Lizzo’s set helped in terms of sheer headcount. By the food court and under the meet-up flags, fans were spotted lying down. Sometimes, you’re just done.
At the VRBO stage, Los Angeles indie-pop trio Lany played the 1975-esque soft rock full of mature balladeering and romantic lyrics. Whereas Griz cast a wide net for everyone, Lany enjoyed a more dedicated cluster of converted fans there to sing along and space out amid the band’s static TV set backdrops.
ACL Fest 2019 was Lizzo’s world, but Lany was thriving in it.