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ACL Fest review: Fun.

Deborah Sengupta

Editor’s note: This article was originally published October 11, 2013

With a set that combined bombastic rock, jubilant sing-alongs and well-placed snippets of heart-tugging poetry, Fun. once more gave ammunition to the argument that they’re the best festival rock band working today.

After leading with a spirited take on “One Foot” that got at least fifty percent of a crowd that easily numbered 15,000 moving, lead singer Nate Ruess urged the audience to “sing, dance and make some friends.”

Done, done and most likely done.

The set built from there, free-spirited and emotional coming to a crescendo in the second half with full-throated sing-alongs of “It Gets Better,” “Carry On” and “We Are Young” the latter of which really did have the audience feeling like we were glowing brighter than the very bright afternoon sun.

Halfway through a fantastic cover of “You Can’t Always Get What You Want,” Ruess got confessional, explaining that this show was special to the band. They’ve spent the last two and a half years on the road and this was to be their final show for a while as they return home to work on the next album.

“I can’t think of a more a more beautiful day or a more beautiful city for it. The stars aligned,” said Ruess. And once more he urged the audience to “sing as loud as we can with all the words we know and dance with the people we don’t know.”

And then Fun. took it out on a high note, with an epic version of “Some Nights.” Just about perfect.