by Johnny DeForest
Austin City Limits
If you have the time, money and resources to spend a weekend in Austin, then Austin City Limits (ACL for short) is probably the music festival for you.
ACL is compared to Houston’s Free Press Summer Fest, except this festival is longer since it occurs two weekends in a row for three days each weekend. The first weekend of October 4-6 is already sold out for regular tickets due to its star-studded line up.
Some of the more popular bands and artists on the lineup include: The Cure, Depeche Mode, Muse, Kings of Leon, fun., Passion Pit, Arctic Monkeys, Silversun Pickups and about 120 others.
“I like the sound of ACL because there are so many artists coming together to one place to play their music,” junior Wendell Champion said. “If I get the opportunity to go, then I will.”
The festival lasts three days and takes up 46 acres of Zilker Park. ACL is an all ages event and is great for the entire family.
Regular general admission tickets are being sold currently for $225 each.
Kid Cudi – Logic, Big Sean
Kid Cudi is coming back to Houston for the first time since July of 2011. I can say from personal experience that Kid Cudi puts on a superb performance with his original, spacey vocals and flows.
His release of his last album, Indicud, was not what people were expecting from Cudi, but it is definitely something new and unique.
This year Cudi is bringing rappers Logic, Big Sean and Tyler the Creator to select shows on his INDICUD tour.
Tyler will not be coming to Houston, but Big Sean and Logic will be.
We can expect these two fun opening acts to be entertaining on their own. To Cudi fans, this tour is the best one yet.
“I really love Kid Cudi, and I plan on raging at his concert,” freshman Ryan Philipps said.
Even if you are not really a fan or know his music then you could still have a great time or possibly become a follower of any of the three artists. Go and see them on Tuesday, October 15 at Reliant Arena with tickets starting at $46.32.
Steve Aoki – Waka Flocka Flame, Borgore
Electric house producer and musician Steve Aoki is on his Aokify America tour, and Houston is one of the blessed cities on the list.
Anyone that follows Steve Aoki on Vine can see how every concert seems like the party of the year. He pops a bottle of champagne and sprays it all over the crowd to the drop of one his songs, and he also blasts his fans with cannons of confetti throughout the performance.
He even throws a whole cake at the crowd and sometimes paint. All of these extraordinary attributes are accompanied by Aoki’s one of a kind light show and visual that are displayed behind him throughout the show.
“It will be a live night to turn up,” senior Jordan Jenkins said.
Aoki is also having rapper Waka Flocka Flame and DJ Borgore opening for him. Waka Flocka is always wild on stage, and Borgore has some of the craziest dubstep drops around.
All around the whole show from beginning to end should be a night of fun at Bayou Music Center on Wednesday, October 16 with tickets starting at $43.99.
Drake – Miguel, Future
Drake’s WOULD YOU LIKE A TOUR? arena tour is only coming to 41 cities across North America. He will be performing here along with his special guests Miguel and Future. The combination of these three musical artists already calls for a great show. Miguel’s golden vocals can always hypnotize a crowd, and Future has some catchy rap songs.
With the recent release and success of his album Nothing Was the Same, the expectations for Drake and his performance are set extremely high.
“I am really excited for the Drake concert because I’ve been going to his shows for years,” junior Marcos Ruiz said. “I’ve watched him grow and develop into one of the top rappers out right now.”
A Drake concert is definitely one for the books so a ticket is not going to be cheap.
If you do not want to miss out then get your ticket as soon as possible with cheapest starting at $49.75.
You can receive special packages and seats for $69.75 and $99.75. The concert will be held on Wednesday, November 13 at the Toyota Center.