ACL Festival in Review: Childish Gambino and Tame Impala


Weekend two of Austin City Limits was one for the books, as the lineup was filled with multi-talented artists that covered a spectrum of genres. Up and coming talent such as gay country music artist Orville Peck, and inde rockstar Cherry Glazerr opened up for some of musics biggest names. 80’s goth new wave legends The Cure opened with some of their instant classics such as “Friday I’m In Love” and “Just Like Heaven” for their fans who spanned over multiple age groups, and the “Queen of Teens” Billie Eilish, whose young fan based roared when she opened with her hit single “bad guy”.

The most intriguing acts were the two powerhouses of the headline, Childish Gambino and Tame Impala. Both artists who were on their last show of their respective tours, electrified the audience, with light shows, theatrics, and overall performance, both acts made their swan song one to remember

In fashionable style, Childish Gambino (Donald Glover) came out sporting his outfit from his “This is America” music video, with double gold chains wrapped around his neck, shirtless in designer white silk pants. Glover made it quite apparent to the crowd that he wanted his last performance to be like church, after he surprising got lifted on a platform behind the crowd. He was backed by singers dressed in church robes, that were followed by choreographers who highlighted the theme of the performance. Glover had publicly announce that this could be the end to his alter ego, Childish Gambino, as he mentioned going in a different direction with his music. After a long and tedious two year long tour, and multiple projects such as his tv show Atlanta, Glover keeps his musical future in suspense to the public as we wait and watch to see what happens to the multi-talented artist.

Australia powerhouse Tame Impala, put on a psychedelic show, as their lights and lasers enticed the crowd to follow the vibrations of their rock n’ roll mission. Playing songs dating back to their self-titled debut album, to their recent hits such as newly released “Borderline” and “Patience” Tame Impala infused every bit of creativity in their last show of their tour. The images that flew onto the screen above them created a sense of immersion, images of eyes, layers, and wavy textured allow the crowd to understand the vibe of music that flow that crossed their ears. Tame Impala recently announced that this was their last show of their tour, and are going to focus on working towards their next album.

Acts that can’t go unnoticed, and get an honorable mention on behalf of musical appreciation, include Kali Uchis, Colombian pop star who has performed on tracks that included Tyler, The Creator and London's own Jorja Smith. Gary Clark Jr. Austin’s own blues singer, who created his set with fusions of rap and rock. Jack White’s project The Raconteurs, famous producer Kaytranada, innovative rap artist Tierra Whack and R n’ B’s own Mahalia.

Austin City Limits is set to go on again, as they announced their dates to go through October 2nd, to the 11th. Performances will again take place at Zilker Park.