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Lizzo and Billie Eilish shut down ACL Fest 2019


Photo by Roger Ho | Courtesy of ACL Fest

ACL Fest 2019 is officially in the books, well that's Weekend 1 of course. The sold-out festival made no exceptions when it came to this year's lineup. The headliners included Guns n' Roses, Tame Impala, Childish Gambino, Cardi B, Mumford and Sons, and Kacey Musgraves. However, the real star of this year's ACL Fest was undoubtedly Lizzo.

With over 60,000 people in attendance at Lizzo's set on the medium size Miller Lite Stage. People were stretched all the way back to the Honda stage. Which if you don't know what I'm talking about, it's pretty far. This raised some concerns with festival-goers. Is it safe to have 60,000 people in an area that isn't as big as the festivals mainstage? Well, I hate to be the bearer of bad news but that can't happen. When the artists sing their contract to the festival, they are confirmed to which stage they are performing at. So, unfortunately, Lizzo will not be moved to the mainstage for Weekend 2 of the festival. However, ACL reps hope to solve some of the issues by broadcasting her set on the Honda stage screens. In hopes of keeping people a little more spread out during Lizzo's set and people who will be waiting for Robyn to preform shortly after.


So who was the real headliner of Day Two then? Some would say The Cure, others would say Childish Gambino. If you ask the swarm of 13-year-olds, they'll tell you it was the incomparable Billie Eilish. She completely shut down the Honda stage at 6 PM by bringing in one of the biggest crowds the festival has ever seen. The sea of tens-of-thousands of fans were encouraged to start moshpits and lose their minds. The crowds of 13-year-olds accompanied by their parents was almost humorous to watch. I'm almost sure the parents were begged to camp out for the 17-year-old's set. She didn't take herself seriously at all by making a genuine connection to her fans. It really felt like her and her fans were actual besties.


Photo by Charles Reagan Hackleman | Courtesy of ACL Fest