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October 4, 2022

The best of Austin City Limits 2023

Kevin Kim
Hozier performs at Austin City Limits 2023 at Zilker Park on Oct. 8, 2023.

Mother Nature took solace on Austinites and travelers from all around the past two weekends by providing festival goers with the first chill of Texas autumn for this year’s Austin City Limits Music Festival. To commemorate the dozens of artists who performed all over Zilker Park, The Daily Texan compiled a list of some of the most memorable sets from ACL’s two weekends.

Little Simz

With her sharp flow and exceptional execution, Little Simz raptured her audience on Friday during weekend one, and Sunday during weekend two, flying through an impressive 14-song set. Stage art projections that aided in transitioning between songs paired with Little Simz’s ability to dance and rap simultaneously provided the audience with not a festival performance but a full-bodied experience through the themes of womanhood, introversion and systemic racism. 

Rina Sawayama

Rina Sawayama put on one hell of a show with a performance full of outfit changes, interactive props and some good old-fashioned Texas line dancing. Her ACL debut feature came in the form of a theatrical show full of simple, yet versatile set pieces that enhanced her and her dancers’ tight choreography. With hopefully many ACL performances to come, Sawayama left her mark on Zilker this year.


As the beaming Sunday sun set on ACL, Irish singer-songwriter Hozier somehow managed to give an intimate performance to a crowd of thousands. Backed by a talented band of musicians and vocalists, fans sang along and grooved throughout the entire set. By giving a concert that focused on musicianship, Hozier’s contribution to the festival reminded Austin of the many ways one can appreciate sonic innovation.

Cigarettes After Sex

As the stars came out, Cigarettes After Sex provided weary festival goers a mellow finale, moving fluently through their 11-song set. With their all-black outfits and minimal stage set up, the trio stood in contrast to ACL’s distinctively vibrant character, encouraging their audience to immerse themselves in a soothing experience before heading home for the night. 

Tanya Tucker

Tanya Tucker’s unapologetically Texas set captured the hearts of southerners in the T-Mobile stage crowd with her classic country sound and attitude. Tucker emerged from backstage in an white cowboy suit, standing in front of a giant glittery hot pink cowboy hat on screen. Singing hits from every decade since the 80s, Tucker’s set proved the artist’s longevity, making for an energetic performance that delighted the crowd. 

The 1975

As frontman Matty Healy said, in their tenth year of being a band, The 1975 just keeps getting better. The band’s headlining set drew thousands to the Honda stage with ties, blazers, Dr. Martens and ripped fishnets in the crowd. Healy spared the ACL crowds of any of his notorious rants, focusing on delivering a well-put together performance that showcased great vocals, brilliant saxophone solos and plenty of mid 2010s synth emo. 

Niall Horan

Niall Horan helped round out both ACL weekends with the feel of a beach party, proving he’s got that “one thing” without the backing of his former boy band, One Direction. Playing hits from his solo work, including his most recent album, The Show, Horan electrified a mostly young crowd and cemented himself as the next big pop rock act. 

Abraham Alexander 

While many attend ACL to see their favorite headliners, the festival also presents the opportunity for discovering your next on-repeat Spotify artist. Abraham Alexander undoubtedly caught the attention of new fans after bringing his smooth harmonies and jazzy, soulful songs from his debut album, SEA/SONS to the T-Mobile stage. Telling his complex story through song, the singer-songwriter, born in Greece but now living in Texas, will be someone to watch out for. 

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About the Contributors
Mimi Calzada, Life & Arts Desk Editor
Mimi is a rhetoric and writing junior from Fort Worth, Texas. She currently serves as a Life & Arts Desk Editor and previously served as a general and senior reporter for LARTS. She loves watching movies and cooking all kinds of soup.
Trisha Dasgupta, Senior Life & Arts Reporter
Dasgupta is a journalism freshman from Frisco, Texas. She currently works as a senior reporter for the Life and Arts department and has previously covered news for The Texan. When she's not writing articles you can find her listening to Taylor Swift, Bruce Springsteen, or Billy Joel.
Logan Dubel, Senior Life & Arts Reporter
Logan is a journalism freshman serving as a senior life and arts reporter. He joined the Texan in Fall 2022 as a general life and arts reporter and comes to UT from Reisterstown, Maryland. While not writing his latest feature, he loves collecting vinyl, going to concerts and being Stevie Nicks' biggest fan.