What can we expect from another double weekend at Austin City Limits Festival?
Austin City Limits Music Festival is set to hit Texas for its twelfth year, bringing with it two weekends of fabulous live music and family fun.
The festival organisers first decided to spread the fun out over two weekends last year, in a bid to welcome yet more people into this unique world, and it appears that they haven't gone back on their word as they are set to return to Zilker Park on October 4th - 6th and 11th - 13th. This year sees some impressive headline acts including Depeche Mode, The Cure, Muse and Kings Of Leon - and if that wasn't exciting enough, Atoms For Peace, Lionel Richie, Phoenix and Wilco are also high up on this year's bill! Some of the other acts scattered around are just as jaw-droppingly impressive, not to mention extremely diverse. We have Californian rockers Queens Of The Stone Age, country star Hank Williams Jr.'s daughter Holly Williams, Compton rapper Kendrick Lamar, LA sisters Haim, alt-folk group Thao & The Get Down Stay Down Nottingham singer Jake Bugg and legendary 'Gay Bar' hitmakers Electric Six.
Thao has a bad future ahead - catch her at the festivals this year.
The summer is beginining to edge away, and with Bonnaroo, Pitchfork and SXSW long-gone, music fans would be forgiven for packing up their tents and looking ahead for 2014.
But fear not, there's still plenty of festivals left for 2013, featuring some of the biggest and most diverse line-ups of the year. Austin City Limits probably represents the biggest of the lot, and although the line-up is one of the most high profile of the year - with Kendrick Lamar, Depeche Mode and Kings of Leon - there's also some up-and-coming acts and undiscovered gems ready to impress. They include Fidlar, Savages and Thao & The Get Down Stay Down.
Thao & The Get Down Stay Down is the stage moniker of Thao Nguyen, the singer-songwriter from Falls Church, VA, who first picked up a guitar at the age of 12 and is now considered to be one of the most exciting up-and-coming acts in the United States.
Contactmusic teamed up with Festival Fever this summer to chat with Californian alternative folk singer Thao Nguyen from Thao & The Get Down Stay Down as the band get into the festival spirit following the release of their fantastic fifth album 'We The Common'.
Thao has been playing guitar since the tender age of twelve and, after putting her band together between her studies at college, has since received an ever-increasing shower of praise grabbing attention from their unique live shows as well as recorded material. Now on the road touring the festival circuit across the US and Europe, Thao & The Get Down Stay Down are making their mark as an up-and-coming and truly original talent. We caught up with them to discuss touring, hip hop and working with producer John Congleton.
'It's a sort of half excitement half dread because I've done it a lot', she said, pondering her feelings about setting out on tour. 'I think that I've matured in the sense that I know what my job is and I know how lucky I am to have it so I'll do what I need to do to keep it.'Keeping her job won't be a problem as long as she sticks with brilliant producers like John Congleton. 'A few things that I loved about Congleton was the diversity of his projects and his sense of song and the trajectory of a song and how respectful he is of the songwriting', she explained, though admitted it wasn't easy trying to schedule work together.
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