Austin City Limits Festival
This September, The Head and the Heart kicked off their five-week headlining US tour in Austin anchored by an appearance at the Austin City Limits Festival. ACL is one of the largest US festivals alongside the rest of the “Big Four” including Coachella, Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza. The Head and the Heart fit in four gigs in three days surrounding ACL, treating their stop in Austin much like SXSW by fitting in as many gigs as possible over a short amount of time. The first stop was at the new Moody’s Theater for a filming of the Austin City Limits television program amid a large and enthusiastic audience. Their episode is expected to air later this year. The next morning the band headed to Threadgills for a two-song set for KGSR 93.3/102.7 as part of their ACL morning broadcasts. Finally, the band closed out Saturday night with an official ACL After Party at Antone’s supported by The Moondoggies. The sold out show was “notably energetic” according to Billboard. Inspired by a performance by the Arcade Fire the band took in a few hours earlier, the band stepped it up for a “receptive and raucous crowd”.
Finally, the band headed to Zilker Park for their ACL Festival set early on Sunday afternoon. In front of a surprisingly large crowd especially for shortly after noon, The Head and the Head delivered a defining set equally exciting for fans and first-time listeners. Consequence of Sound called their set “a triumph on all fronts” and Sound Spike was impressed with their “whimsical pop style that channeled the Beatles at times and made for a perfect beginning to the festival’s final day of music”. The Head and the Heart’s run through Austin gave the band immediate momentum into their headlining tour which is already creating some major buzz in local outlets and markets on a daily basis. We’ve consolidated videos from three of The Head and the Heart’s gigs throughout Austin (no strong footage has arisen from Moody’s Theater) including a few pro-shot videos directly from ACL’s YouTube feed. Enjoy!
KGSR @ Threadgill’s: Down in the Valley, Lost in My Mind
ACL After Party @ Antone’s: Lost in My Mind, Rivers & Roads
ACL Fest @ Zilker Park: Lost in My Mind, Down in the Valley, Rivers & Roads, ‘Dancing with the Band’