The second day of the Austin City Limits Music Festival was highlighted by the diverse sounds and weather that had the crowd fanning themselves during the day and bundling up at night. Headliners, The Cure gave a solid performance as lead singer, Robert Smith was animated and vocally strong. Not one for a lot of stage banter, Smith and co. let the music speak for itself, performing twenty six songs to a crowd that had skewed older but was also filled with some of Kendrick Lamar’s audience.
Lamar, the only rapper at the festival, had performed before the goth-rock headliners to a raucuous and younger crowd that knew the words to every song. On-stage with a small backing band, the Compton native worked the crowd throughout his set, even stopping in the middle of the set to tie his shoe and asked the audience to get louder that more than willingly agreed to.
Kings of Leon performed a solid set that brought a crowd of both families and young college-aged music fans. Not known for the stunning visuals that Muse or other artists bring, the Nashville band played a set filled more with the newer tracks from their recently released, “Mechanical Bull” that the audience may not have gotten a chance to get familiar with.
The day was punctuated by the dance-a-longs inspired by sets from Passion Pit and Grimes. With the temperatures peaking in the upper 80s during the day, music fans welcomed the chance to dance as the sun set and started getting cooler. Other standouts of the day included Portugal. The Man, Haim, Dan Croll, Delta Rae and Wild Cub. Check out photo highlights from the Day Two of the Austin City Limits Music Festival 2013!