Floods cancel festival, but some bands find alternate venues


After a night filled with dreams of Tame Impala, Grouplove, Smallpools, Phoenix and Lionel Richie, to name a few, Austin City Limits fans woke up to disappointing news: the three-day music festival had been truncated to a two-day affair.

Suddenly, the incredible performances of Kings of Leon and the Cure, accompanied by the soft percussion of rain on the grounds of Zilker Park, turned out to be the final two shows of the event’s second weekend.

However, fans disillusioned by the news of the morning would soon be offered a saving grace. Late in the afternoon, some of the bands that would have performed at the music festival on Sunday announced that they would be performing sets elsewhere later that night.

“We were bummed,” exclaimed Katie Earl, vocalist and percussionist of the Mowgli’s. She and Josh Hogan, guitarist and vocalist for the Southern Californian band, related the sentiment of the band, which was bent on finding a Sunday night set.

“We got on the horn immediately with all of our people, and we were like, ‘We want to play tonight. We drove to Austin; we want to do this,’ ” Earl said indignantly.

Along with Grouplove and the Smallpools, the Mowgli’s managed to secure a Sunday night set at the barbeque restaurant Lambert’s at the corner of Second and Guadalupe.

Vocalist Sean Scanlon of the Smallpools shared that he and his four-man band were preparing to make the drive to their next stop in Tucson, Arizona when their booking agent informed them that they had scheduled a last-minute set at the downtown eatery.

“He was like, ‘Hey, do you guys want to play this show?’ and we said, ‘If we’re here and fans wanted to see us and they can, then we might as well.’ I think it was well worth it,” Scanlon said.

In a line that wrapped around the building, St. Edward’s University students Erica Montoyo and Bernadette Castillo waited earnestly for entry into the relatively small facility that was quickly filling to capacity. Lacking ACL passes for either weekend, the pair found themselves in a situation they had grown accustomed to over the two music-filled weekends.

“We didn’t have ACL passes either weekend,” Castillo said. “We went to all the late shows, like the after shows.”

As the line crawled forward and hopes of admission started to dwindle, the two firmly stated, “We’re going to wait here until I hear an absolute, like, ‘Hey, you can’t get in,’ from the people who work here.”

Down the street, Atoms for Peace—a group made up of renowned artists such as Thom Yorke of Radiohead and Flea of The Red Hot Chili Peppers—delivered a performance at Moody Theatre, which started at 10 p.m.

While they waited for the doors to open, Nick and Gala, visitors to Texas from Vancouver, Canada, expressed their dismay over the cancellation.

“We came a long way, and we were disappointed it was cancelled,” Nick said. The pair shared their disillusion over not getting to see closing act Lionel Richie.

The two felt more than compensated by the fact that they would get to see Atoms for Peace. Asked to describe her expectations for the sold- out set, Gala said that she was anticipating “a really intimate, kick-ass show.”