Two Weekends Again Demands Multiplicity!

Last year, inaugural edition of the dual weekend configuration, ACL Fest felt entirely Groundhog Day. The same rave – give or take the locals and a notable act here and there – staged twice. This time around, with Lorde headlining week two only, another bit of Harold Ramis genius comes to mind: Multiplicity. For the first time since its 2002 inception, Zilker Park's annual music occupation ponies up five legitimate marquee toppers, at least four of which could own the peak slot by themselves. Quartet also equals the number of those acts playing directly opposite one another. Catch half an EDM fry, then hit the rap, right? Or begin at "Bombs Over Baghdad" and end with "Loser." Sure, of course. Except two of those four aren't in any way a lock to return this way, so full sets by them might well preclude Beck or Skrillex (let's say) by sheer necessity. That's where Multiplicity comes in. Like Michael Keaton, you'll need to clone yourself. More than a few Austin music fanatics already attend both weeks, and given the second coming of the Replacements, consecutive weekend ACL sets tip toward "two are better than one." That's certainly the Chronicle's position: two ACL Fest music supplements, but different performances. Some staples will overlap, but little else. And it debuts via Earache! first ( and on Twitter (@AusChronMusic). Is there enough of you to go around for all this? Imagine, an 8 Mile version of you at Eminem while your glowstick side gets out-of-body at Skrillex. Possibilities short-circuit the musical mind. Sign me up for the waiver.

A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for over 40 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

More by Raoul Hernandez
The Austin Music Awards, a Black Rock Maverick, and More Crucial Concerts
The Austin Music Awards, a Black Rock Maverick, and More Crucial Concerts
Our recommended shows for the week ahead

Feb. 23, 2024

Crypta, Cherubs, and More Crucial Concerts for the Week
Crypta, Cherubs, and More Crucial Concerts for the Week
Must-see shows for the weekend and beyond

Feb. 16, 2024

One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Keep up with happenings around town

Kevin Curtin's bimonthly cannabis musings

Austin's queerest news and events

Eric Goodman's Austin FC column, other soccer news

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle