Austin City Limits returned to Zilker Park last Friday to Sunday for weekend one of the festival's 18th year. Three days, eight stages, and a slew of musical acts drew a crowd nearly as varied as this year's lineup—and, even for a festival known for its genre-nonconforming headliners, it was a motley crew.
It became almost a game to scan the crowd each day and guess who came out for what, from the preteens on their fathers' shoulders at Camila Cabello ("Thank you so much, Dallas!" she exclaimed in the weekend's most cringeworthy moment) to long-haired, tank-topped Metallica fans to ODESZA's Friday night crowd that presumably bathed in body glitter. Across the park were scores of casually dressed Paul McCartney fans, content to watch the impressive set from the comfort of their folding chairs at the edge of the field like their kids' soccer games. Two nights later, the same stage was nearly unrecognizable as onlookers screamed and swarmed the stage for Mo City's own Travis Scott, who, fresh off an SNL appearance, capped weekend one off with his trademark trippy visuals, mosh-pit-inducing beats, and full-on fireworks.
Oversized hats, round sunglasses, and flowing dresses represented the standard boho chic festival fare; trendy fanny packs, well-worn cut-offs, and sheer ensembles layered over bodysuits were also de rigueur. Plenty of Houston fans who ventured northwest for the weekend made their allegiance known, particularly with Astros jerseys, an especially timely sartorial choice as our championship team began playoffs roughly around the time Bishop Briggs took the stage last Friday.
Here are some scenes from ACL 2018's debut weekend—should FOMO strike, weekend two passes are still on sale.