- October 14, 2021

10 Best Moments From ACL Fest 2021


After two full years without our favorite music festival, we knew we were going to have a good time at ACL Fest 2021. But there were some moments that stood out above the rest.

Here are the 10 best moments from ACL Fest 2021.

King George

From classics like Amarillo By Morning and All My Exes to newer songs penned with the help of his son Bubba, the set list for George Strait’s performance made for a honky tonkin’ good time. He may have played both weekends, but we can’t get enough of King George. Counting the days until his show at the Moody Center Grand Opening Celebration in April of 2022.

Tito’s Lounge

Along with sponsoring a stage comes the opportunity to host an accompanying VIP lounge. While all the sponsor set ups have their own unique perks, we’re giving top honors to Tito’s. That’s because they gave GA concert goers the opportunity to win their way in to the Tito’s Stillhouse Lounge which offered things like chair massages, a hair braiding station, college and pro football games on the big screen, tacos from Nixta Taqueria, waters, coffee, and, of course, a myriad of Tito’s drinks. Oh, and did we mention it was all free?

Band of Horses

During their weekend one set, Band of Horses front man Ben Bridwell gave a shout out to Yellow Jacket Social Club. But it was Little Darlin’ that not only got a shout out, he was wearing a hat from the neighborhood watering hole.

Megan Thee Stallion

After announcing, “Texas! I’m home!,” Houston native Megan Thee Stallion kept asking where the hot girls were at during both of her weekend sets. But the hottest girl was front and center doing the HTX proud with her incredible performance.

Brett Goldstein

It’s clear festival organizers underestimated the popularity of “Ted Lasso” when they booked the one and only Roy Kent. Though it was difficult to see Brett Goldstein’s chat with Brene Brown, fans could still hear his delightfully curse laden conversation. And there was definitely no missing the boisterous Roy Kent cheer that greeted the Emmy Award winner.

The El Arroyo Sign

If you drove by El Arroyo between festival weekends then you may have noticed that the famous sign was on location at ACL Fest 2021. As usual, the phrases were picture perfect.

So Many ACL Eats Options

So much food and not enough days to try it all. Luckily, our pal Tania Ortega posted about the 10 Best Eats at the Austin City Limits Music Fest 2021 over on Austin Food Magazine.

On Site Art

Multiple local artists painted live at the festival including Uloang, Fabian Rey, Erik Ross, and Matthew Trujillo.

Charley Crockett

The Austin based country, blues, and Americana singer is a true Texas country musician who’s always fun to watch. We actually got to watch side stage, thanks for Vrbo.

Bans Off Our Bodies

Many musicians spoke out about the Texas abortion law, supporting the Bans Off Our Bodies cause. Billie Eilish mentioned that she almost cancelled her appearance, screaming “My body, my f**king choice,” and then asking the crowd to join her in throwing the middle finger up. Meanwhile, her brother Finneas pledged to donate his festival paycheck to Planned Parenthood Texas.

Bonus: Flying JSX to the Fest

Prior to the festival, one of our staffers was in Dallas. The new independent regional airline JSX offered to fly her to the ATX. The luxury air carrier describes themselves as a “hop-on jet service” offering short-haul flights. From Austin, you can only fly to Dallas. However, they do operate other flight options from Dallas and Houston as well as cities in Arizona, California, Florida, Nevada, and Utah.

Here are some of the perks of flying JSX:

  • Check-in just 20 minutes before your flight in a private terminal.
  • No long check-in lines and fast, effortless security.
  • Spacious modern cabin features 30 leather seats with business class legroom, no middle seats, and power outlets at every row.
  • Complimentary amenities for all customers such as two checked bags (including golf bags, skis, and snowboards), drinks, snacks, and cocktails inflight.
  • Deplaning and baggage retrieval within minutes of arrival.

Looking for more unique ACL experiences? Check out this post about all the celebrities spotted at the fest!