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At ACL Fest, waiting for the coming of Lorde

Eric Webb
ewebb@statesman.com

If you really wanna see an artist, you’ve got to come early and push your way to front.” So said Morgan Gage of Round Rock, who by 2 p.m. Sunday had firmly placed herself in the front of the RetailMeNot stage to see New Zealand teen sensation Lorde perform.

Oh, by the way: Lorde doesn’t hit the stage until 7 p.m.

That was just fuel to the fire for a tightly grouped crush of mostly teenage girls — about four rows deep — ready to ride a wave of Taylor Bennett, Real Estate and Chromeo in order to keep the best seats in the house for the “Royals” singer. Gage had fashioned her hair in a coronet braid in honor of Lorde’s “Tennis Court” video and bought a one-day pass this weekend just to see her musical heroine.

Oh, by the way: Gage was at the fest last weekend, too.

“Last weekend, I was bummed that she wasn’t here,” she said.

Nearby, Sydney Thephaphine had her fan sign raised proudly in the air. If you see any photos from Taylor Bennett’s set, you’ll likely see a “Lorde” tribute on posterboard poking out of the crowd shots. Thephaphine said she had been at the RetailMeNot stage since the gates opened.

Oh, by the way: That was at 11 a.m.

“It’s raining,” Thephaphine said. “I’m OK with it.”

It was more of a light drizzle, but no matter. The flank of “Team” fans had battened down the hatch, patiently sitting against the guardrail lining the pit until the moment arrived.