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Photos: The Cure, Local Natives, Grimes and other acts at Austin City Limits festival
The bill for the three-day Austin City Limits music festival October 11-13 featured headliners including The Cure, Depeche Mode, and Atoms for Peace. While heavy rains and flash-flood warnings led to the cancellation of the third day of the event, the first two days drew tens of thousands of people to Austin's Zilker Park.
Canadian acts including Grimes and Purity Ring played to large crowds, and many of the attendees at the 70,000-capacity festival stayed through torrential downpour to hear The Cure bring Saturday to a close with "Boys Don't Cry". Other highlights included performances from Wilco, Local Natives, Passion Pit, Junip, Thao & the Get Down Stay Down, Okkervil River, and Friday festival openers Wild Nothing. The event's eclectic lineup also featured numerous high-profile acts including Muse, Vampire Weekend, Kings of Leon, and Mercury Prize-nominated artists Arctic Monkeys and Jake Bugg.
And not even flooded festival grounds could keep some of the Sunday headliners from playing for their fans. Hundreds of people were already lined up at the Moody Theater on October 13 before rumours were confirmed that Atoms for Peace would play the 2,750-person capacity venue that night. Those who waited for hours to hear the supergroup perform were not disappointed. Frontman Thom Yorke and bassist Flea danced around the stage with incredible energy during the flawless hour-and-a-half long set, which included renditions of the Unkle track "Rabbit in Your Headlights" and the Radiohead song "Paperbag Writer". The performance can be streamed on ACL Festival's youtube page.
Organizers have already announced that the Austin City Limits music festival will return for two weekends next year, running from October 3 to 5 and October 10 to 12. This was the first year the festival took place over two consecutive weekends.