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ACL Fest Gameplan: Shut Up and Dance

Staff Writer
Austin 360

There are many ways to approach a huge event like the Austin City Limits Music Festival. This year, in addition to our regular critic’s picks and artist spotlights we’re offering game plans, various strategies for how to approach the festival depending on what kind of experience you’re looking to have. For each game plan we’re providing both a suggested schedule and a playlist. Today, we kick off with the groove fanatic gameplan.

The playlist: Shut Up and Dance

The strategy: Hit as many body rocking sets as possible for a three-day dance marathon full of euphoric grooves.

Essential gear:

  • Comfortable shoes - you’ll regret those cute platform sandals before the sun goes down.
  • Ear plugs - you’ll be close enough to the stage to feel the full-body bass, right?
  • Water bottle - even if you don’t choose to alcoholically lower your inhibitions, staying hydrated is crucial to make this thing work.

Non-essential gear:

  • Brightly colored skirts, sundresses or tees
  • Anything that glitters or glows in the dark

The gameplan


Noon: Sphynx (Austin Ventures, weekend one only) The local trio comes armed with leopard print skinny jeans, catchy hooks and glam pop jams, everything you need to set a body in motion.

2:15: Capital Cities (Samsung Galaxy) Bop around in “Kangaroo Court” with the groovy L.A. duo

3:15 Bleachers (Miller Lite) You don’t have to shut up for this one. In fact, if you dance madly in the middle of Zilker Park while screaming “I Wanna Get Better,” it will probably feel amazing.

6:15 Ozomatli (Zilker Park) Switch your hips to the hip-hop laced cumbia grooves of this L.A. powerhouse.

7:15 p.m. Glitch Mob (Austin Ventures) Champions of the L.A. beat scene throw down furious, driving electro dance tracks.

8:15 p.m. Outkast. (Honda) As Andre 3000 once said, “If you don’t move yo feet, then I don’t eat.” The ATLiens know what’s up.


11:15 a.m.Riders Against the Storm (Austin Ventures, weekend two only). Yes, it’s early, but the local hip hop duo’s new song is called “Booty Sweat.” ‘Nuff said. .

11:30 a.m. Chain Gang of 1974 (Retailmenot) Cool anthemic indietronica to kick start day two.

2:30 p.m. Trombone Shorty (Honda) Deep pocket funky grooves and blasts of NOLA brass.

5:30 p.m. Icona Pop (Miller Lite) Last year’s sensation, the Swedish electro pop duo drops eurocool dance tracks for the 90s (expletive) in all of us.

6:30 p.m. Beats Antique (Zilker Park) Middle Eastern rhythms, a gypsy punk aesthetic and a live belly dancers on stage. Get your shimmy on.

7:30 p.m. Major Lazer (Retailmenot). Super-producer Diplo leads the hottest dancehall throwdown north of the Carribean.

8:30 p.m. Skrillex (Honda) Sure Dr. Dre lays some bangin’ beats but truth be told, Em’ doesn’t care if you dance, Skrillex does.


11:15 a.m. Hard Proof (Austin Ventures, weekend one only) Wake up your body and soul with Fela-inspired afrobeat rhythms and a wall of brass.

2 p.m. Bernhoft (BMI) The Norwegian R&B artist is an up and coming dance floor master.

3 p.m. Gramatik (Miller Lite) An inventive producer from NYC via Slovenia who chops up dusty old grooves and recreates them as modern bangers.

4 p.m. Fitz and the Tantrums (Honda) Good old-fashioned rock ‘n’ soul.

6 p.m. Lettuce (Bevintel Stage weekend one, Zilker Stage weekend two) Thousands of indie rockers will flock to see Spoon and the Replacements leaving plenty of room for soul fanatics to “Do It Like You Do” with the Brooklyn collective.

7 p.m. Chromeo (Retailmenot) Slick and sexy electro funk straight outta Montreal.

8 p.m. Calvin Harris (Honda) The Scottish DJ and producer hosts the final throwdown of the weekend.