Austin City Limits: The Coachella of Texas

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Austin City Limits is a three day music festival located in Austin, Texas. Austin is known for its amazing food, The University of Texas at Austin, live music, and hipster attitude. This year, the festival is celebrating its 15th year anniversary over two weekends. Some major artists that will be there are The Chainsmokers, Flume, Kendrick Lamar, M83, Radiohead, Mumford & Sons, and many more.  To add to the music, local favorite restaurants serve up some unique and delicious food. A few popular stops include Amy’s Ice Creams, Torchy’s Tacos, Tiff’s Treats, and Mighty Cone.

ACL 2016 lineup poster
ACL 2016 lineup poster

Since I’m originally from San Antonio, Texas, (which is about an hour south of Austin) here’s a local’s perspective. My first time going to Austin City Limits (ACL) I was a junior in high school. It was one of the best weekends of my life. I went with a giant group of friends, dressed like a typical trendy teen, and enjoyed myself for every single second of it. My favorite part was being seventh row for Kendrick Lamar. I sat on a friend’s shoulders, and looked back to see 100, 000 people behind me. This year will be my third year to go to the festival!! With the great memories I’ve already made, I’m extremely excited to be able to attend again.

Concert crowd at ACL's Honda Stage
Concert crowd at ACL’s Honda Stage

So how does ACL seem like Coachella? Being a student at the University of California at Los Angeles, I attended the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in April. (I’ve already bought my ticket for 2017!) Coachella and Austin City Limits have many things in common. I describe ACL as the ‘Coachella of Texas’ when telling people about it for the first time. Both festivals have similar artists playing to huge crowds on a giant field, boho styled attendees, delicious food trucks, and easygoing vibes. As a veteran of both music festivals, I can say that even though they’re inherently similar. While they’re both very similar, you need to attend both to really understand the experience of each weekend.

If you’re ever in Austin during the beginning of October, have $250 lying around, and love a good time, I highly recommend going to the Coachella of Texas, the Austin City Limits music festival.

Have any of your Glamorous people ever been to ACL? If so, comment below and tell me if you had a mind-blowing experience like I did at Kendrik Lamar! Or tweet @GlamorousPaper your favorite festivals looks from your past events!

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50th Anniversary of American Country Awards

Host of the night Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan
Host of the night Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan

Definitely the biggest night in country music, the 50th American Country Music Awards, took place Sunday night at the AT&T stadium in Texas as the biggest artist in country music from the past, present, and future celebrated together. This year, the ACMAs were hosted by the ever so talented, and may I add gorgeous, Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton. The show opened up with Eric Church and Keith Urban.

Quarter back Tony Romo was also in attendance as he announced the performance of Dierks Bentley. However, before he did, Shelton asked if he would throw a pass to Bryan. When he tossed it to Luke, Shelton joked around saying “hold on let me make sure this is a real one and not a deflated ball,” Romo responded with “we are the cowboys we have real balls.”

Nick Jonas made an appearance duo with Dan + Shay
Nick Jonas made an appearance with duo Dan + Shay

The second performance of the night was FGL (Florida Georgia Line), and the rest of the performances included; Lady Antebellum, Alan Jackson, Garth Brooks, Brad Paisley George Strait, Martina McBride, Jason Aldean, Reba, Little Big Town, Host Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton also performed. Duets of the night included Rascal Flats with Christina Aguilera, and Dan + Shay as they teamed up with Nick Jonas. And finally new artist Thomas Rhett, Cole Swindle, and Sam Hunt also made a performance. A total of 23 performances on two stages.

Entertainer of The Year Luke Bryan
Entertainer of The Year Luke Bryan

The biggest winner of the night goes to Miranda Lambert and Luke Bryan as he won Entertainer of the Year. A few distinguished milestone awards where also awarded to artist such as: Reba, Taylor Swift, Garth Brooks, and Kenny Chesney.

Song of The Year

“Automatic”- Miranda Lambert

Vocal Duo of the Year

Florida Georgia Line

Milestone Award for Most Female Award

Miranda Lambert

Vocal Group of the Year

Little Big Town

Album of The Year

Miranda Lambert

New Artist of the Year

Cole Swindell

Female Vocalist of the Year

Miranda Lambert

Single Record of The Year

“I Dont Dance” -Lee Brice

Album of the Year

Platinum, Miranda Lambert

Male Vocalist Of The Year

Jason Aldean

Entertainer of the Year 

Luke Bryan

Definitely a night filled with excitement, laughs, and a lot of country. What an award show should be like, this is definitely “A country feel.” What a way to celebrate the ACMA’s 50th anniversary as they broke a genius world record for most people in attendance for a live award show. Did you watch? Who are some of your favorite winners? Let us know below in the comments or on Twitter using #GlamorousPaper. Until next year!

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