Austin City Limits 2013: Our 100 favorite photos from ACL Fest

Depeche Mode, the Cure, Atoms for Peace, Lionel Richie and more ignited the crowds at the Austin live music extravaganza.

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    Music fans enjoy the festivities at the 2013 Austin City Limits Music Festival.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Depeche Mode performs at the 2013 Austin City Limits Music Festival on October 4, 2013.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Music fans enjoy the festivities at the 2013 Austin City Limits Music Festival.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    The Cure performs at the 2013 Austin City Limits Music Festival on October 5, 2013.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Music fans enjoy the festivities at the 2013 Austin City Limits Music Festival.

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    The Joy Formidable performs at the 2013 Austin City Limits Music Festival on October 5, 2013.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    The 2013 Austin City Limits Music Festival

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Music fans enjoy the festivities at the 2013 Austin City Limits Music Festival.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    HAIM performs at the 2013 Austin City Limits Music Festival on October 5, 2013.

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    Lionel Richie performs at the 2013 Austin City Limits Music Festival on October 6, 2013.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Music fans enjoy the festivities at the 2013 Austin City Limits Music Festival.

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    MS MR performs at the 2013 Austin City Limits Music Festival on October 6, 2013.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Atoms for Peace perform at the 2013 Austin City Limits Music Festival on October 6, 2013.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Music fans enjoy the festivities at the 2013 Austin City Limits Music Festival.

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    Savages perform at the 2013 Austin City Limits Music Festival on October 4, 2013.

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    Fun. performs at the 2013 Austin City Limits Music Festival on October 4, 2013.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Music fans enjoy the festivities at the 2013 Austin City Limits Music Festival.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Franz Ferdinand performs at the 2013 Austin City Limits Music Festival on October 6, 2013.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Music fans enjoy the festivities at the 2013 Austin City Limits Music Festival.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Grouplove performs at the 2013 Austin City Limits Music Festival on October 6, 2013.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Music fans enjoy the festivities at the 2013 Austin City Limits Music Festival.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Deap Vally performs at the 2013 Austin City Limits Music Festival on October 5, 2013.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Music fans enjoy the festivities at the 2013 Austin City Limits Music Festival.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Wilco performs at the 2013 Austin City Limits Music Festival on October 5, 2013.

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    Kaskade performs at the 2013 Austin City Limits Music Festival on October 4, 2013.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Music fans enjoy the festivities at the 2013 Austin City Limits Music Festival.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    The National performs at the 2013 Austin City Limits Music Festival on October 6, 2013.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Music fans enjoy the festivities at the 2013 Austin City Limits Music Festival.

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    Eric Church performs at the 2013 Austin City Limits Music Festival on October 6, 2013.

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    Delta Rae performs at the 2013 Austin City Limits Music Festival on October 5, 2013.

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    Music fans enjoy the festivities at the 2013 Austin City Limits Music Festival.

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    Jimmy Eat World performs at the 2013 Austin City Limits Music Festival on October 4, 2013.

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    Wild Belle performs at the 2013 Austin City Limits Music Festival on October 4, 2013.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Music fans enjoy the festivities at the 2013 Austin City Limits Music Festival.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Jake Bugg performs at the 2013 Austin City Limits Music Festival on October 4, 2013.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Music fans enjoy the festivities at the 2013 Austin City Limits Music Festival.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Depeche Mode performs at the 2013 Austin City Limits Music Festival on October 4, 2013.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Music fans enjoy the festivities at the 2013 Austin City Limits Music Festival.

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    Thao and the Get Down Stay Down perform at the 2013 Austin City Limits Music Festival on October 4, 2013.

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    The Cure performs at the 2013 Austin City Limits Music Festival on October 5, 2013.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Music fans enjoy the festivities at the 2013 Austin City Limits Music Festival.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Atoms for Peace perform at the 2013 Austin City Limits Music Festival on October 6, 2013.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Music fans enjoy the festivities at the 2013 Austin City Limits Music Festival.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    The Lone Bellow performs at the 2013 Austin City Limits Music Festival on October 6, 2013.

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    Lionel Richie performs at the 2013 Austin City Limits Music Festival on October 6, 2013.

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    Music fans enjoy the festivities at the 2013 Austin City Limits Music Festival.

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    Lissie performs at the 2013 Austin City Limits Music Festival on October 5, 2013.

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    Court Yard Hounds perform at the 2013 Austin City Limits Music Festival on October 4, 2013.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Music fans enjoy the festivities at the 2013 Austin City Limits Music Festival.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Grouplove performs at the 2013 Austin City Limits Music Festival on October 6, 2013.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Music fans enjoy the festivities at the 2013 Austin City Limits Music Festival.

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    Silversun Pickups perform at the 2013 Austin City Limits Music Festival on October 5, 2013.

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    The Joy Formidable performs at the 2013 Austin City Limits Music Festival on October 5, 2013.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Music fans enjoy the festivities at the 2013 Austin City Limits Music Festival.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Eric Church performs at the 2013 Austin City Limits Music Festival on October 6, 2013.

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    Valerie June performs at the 2013 Austin City Limits Music Festival on October 5, 2013.

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    Music fans enjoy the festivities at the 2013 Austin City Limits Music Festival.

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    Dawes performs at the 2013 Austin City Limits Music Festival on October 6, 2013.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Music fans enjoy the festivities at the 2013 Austin City Limits Music Festival.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    HAIM performs at the 2013 Austin City Limits Music Festival on October 5, 2013.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    The 2013 Austin City Limits Music Festival

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Fun. performs at the 2013 Austin City Limits Music Festival on October 4, 2013.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Music fans enjoy the festivities at the 2013 Austin City Limits Music Festival.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    The Cure performs at the 2013 Austin City Limits Music Festival on October 5, 2013.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Savages perform at the 2013 Austin City Limits Music Festival on October 4, 2013.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Music fans enjoy the festivities at the 2013 Austin City Limits Music Festival.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Music fans enjoy the festivities at the 2013 Austin City Limits Music Festival.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Depeche Mode performs at the 2013 Austin City Limits Music Festival on October 4, 2013.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Music fans enjoy the festivities at the 2013 Austin City Limits Music Festival.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Asleep at the Wheel performs at the 2013 Austin City Limits Music Festival on October 4, 2013.

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    Grouplove performs at the 2013 Austin City Limits Music Festival on October 6, 2013.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Music fans enjoy the festivities at the 2013 Austin City Limits Music Festival.

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    Tame Impala performs at the 2013 Austin City Limits Music Festival on October 6, 2013.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Music fans enjoy the festivities at the 2013 Austin City Limits Music Festival.

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    MS MR performs at the 2013 Austin City Limits Music Festival on October 6, 2013.

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    Noah and the Whale perform at the 2013 Austin City Limits Music Festival on October 6, 2013.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Music fans enjoy the festivities at the 2013 Austin City Limits Music Festival.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Deap Vally performs at the 2013 Austin City Limits Music Festival on October 5, 2013.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Music fans enjoy the festivities at the 2013 Austin City Limits Music Festival.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Franz Ferdinand performs at the 2013 Austin City Limits Music Festival on October 6, 2013.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Music fans enjoy the festivities at the 2013 Austin City Limits Music Festival.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Atoms for Peace perform at the 2013 Austin City Limits Music Festival on October 6, 2013.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Wild Belle performs at the 2013 Austin City Limits Music Festival on October 4, 2013.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Music fans enjoy the festivities at the 2013 Austin City Limits Music Festival.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Lionel Richie performs at the 2013 Austin City Limits Music Festival on October 6, 2013.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Wilco performs at the 2013 Austin City Limits Music Festival on October 5, 2013.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Music fans enjoy the festivities at the 2013 Austin City Limits Music Festival.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Jake Bugg performs at the 2013 Austin City Limits Music Festival on October 4, 2013.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Music fans enjoy the festivities at the 2013 Austin City Limits Music Festival.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    The Lone Bellow performs at the 2013 Austin City Limits Music Festival on October 6, 2013.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    The National performs at the 2013 Austin City Limits Music Festival on October 6, 2013.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Music fans enjoy the festivities at the 2013 Austin City Limits Music Festival.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Grouplove performs at the 2013 Austin City Limits Music Festival on October 6, 2013.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Depeche Mode performs at the 2013 Austin City Limits Music Festival on October 4, 2013.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Music fans enjoy the festivities at the 2013 Austin City Limits Music Festival.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Eric Church performs at the 2013 Austin City Limits Music Festival on October 6, 2013.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    HAIM performs at the 2013 Austin City Limits Music Festival on October 5, 2013.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    The Cure performs at the 2013 Austin City Limits Music Festival on October 5, 2013.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    Music fans enjoy the festivities at the 2013 Austin City Limits Music Festival.

  • Photograph: Michael J. Chen

    The 2013 Austin City Limits Music Festival

Photograph: Michael J. Chen

Music fans enjoy the festivities at the 2013 Austin City Limits Music Festival.


Last weekend, Time Out trekked down to Texas for one of the nation's finest music festivals, Austin City Limits. As the "Live Music Capital of the World," Austin has a high standard to live up to, and this year's ACL Fest did not disappoint. Massive crowds were treated to three days of near-perfect weather, and Zilker Park served as an ideal backdrop for the 130 bands performing throughout the weekend.

ACL attendees can be forgiven for thinking they had hopped into a Delorean and warped back to the 1980s when they found themselves dancing merrily to time-tested classics from headliners Depeche Mode, the Cure and Lionel Richie. Depeche Mode's "Just Can't Get Enough" and the Cure's "Just Like Heaven" delighted fans both young and not-as-young, and, for our money, there's nothing quite like hearing thousands upon thousands of festivalgoers asking Richie's favorite question aloud in unison: "Hello… is it me you're looking for?" Chills.

Another wave of crowd-pleasing anthems came from fun. and Grouplove, two recent upstarts who gleefully lived up to their monikers. A pair of Los Angeles bands, HAIM and Deap Vally, delivered a dash of girl power with upbeat and flirty sets. Thom Yorke and Flea of supergroup Atoms for Peace reliably entertained the audience with their frenetic onstage dance moves. And the EDM, hip-hop and country-music contingents at ACL were treated to rousing performances from Kaskade, Kendrick Lamar and Eric Church, respectively.

Flags abounded throughout the park as festivalgoers staked their territory to set up blankets and lawn chairs, and bask in the sunny vibes and nonstop tunes. Others opted to spend their time at the Barton Springs Beer Hall, where multiple TVs showed a full slate of NCAA and NFL games—Texans still need their football fix, after all. Everyone, it seemed, set aside a few moments to wait in line to have their photo snapped at the larger-than-life-size "ACL Fest" picture frame—a perfect way to commemorate the event.

As the final notes of Richie's "All Night Long" (can we get a "Tam bo li de say de moi ya," please?) wafted through the Sunday night Texas air, there was a chance to get wistful about the conclusion of the good times. But not too much, as Austin City Limits is setting up to do it all over again this weekend. Party, karamu, fiesta forever!


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Sandra Cuadros
Sandra Cuadros

What amazing pictures! Thank you so much for sharing these with the web. I was curious can we get our pictures sent to us via email? Let me know! Thank you so much!

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