The audience was already mindbogglingly huge when [Lizzo] kicked off the show with the powerhouse title track off Billboard 200 No. 4 album Cuz I Love You, and it swelled exponentially as she twirled, (purple)hair-flipped and twerked in her eye-popping yellow-orange-red leotard – backed by four dancers (“The Big Girls”) and down-since-day-one DJ Sophia Eris – throughout “Worship” (cut with a fitting snippet of Aretha Franklin’s “Respect”), “Exactly How I Feel” and “Scuse Me,” until the ranks of relentlessly screaming/singing fans essentially merged with everyone already waiting just up the hill for Cardi B’s Honda Stage finale.

"This is the most insane and special crowd," she gushed before inducting everyone into the “Lizzo choir” to sing along on “Soulmate,” then paused again to continue her train of thought: “I remember when I used to play festivals... I would look at the main stage and be like, ‘One day all those people are gonna be waiting for me.’ And that day is today, bitch.”
All the good-vibes momentum from Lizzo’s final thrust was nearly lost when Cardi arrived on stage nearly 30 minutes late. But the Bronx-bred rapper of Domincan, Trinidadian and Spanish descent – dressed in a skin-tight, pink leopard print bodysuit that became predictably scant toward the rear – recovered quickly with a full-throttle, super-sexualized stream of about two dozen tracks, including hyped-up highlights “Lick,” “Twerk,” DJ Khaled collabo “Wish Wish,” “I Like It” and pyro-saturated closer “Bodak Yellow.”

At 44-minutes total, the set felt slightly shortchanged, but Cardi made up for that somewhat by announcing that her upcoming El Paso show on Oct. 8 would be her last for awhile so she could focus on recording previously announced 2020 album Tiger Woods. [Billboard]

Weekend one of the 2019 edition of ACL Fest wrapped up on Sunday (10/6) with sets from Cardi B, Lizzo, Kacey Musgraves, Rosalía, Koffee, KAINA, IDLES (whose moshpit-inspiring set included a ramshackle cover of Prince/Sinead O'Connor's "Nothing Compares 2 U"), Faye Webster, Nilüfer Yanya, and more. Check out pictures from the day in the gallery above.

ACL Fest returns next weekend for another round, with a few lineup changes, including the addition of Robyn, who headlines next Sunday instead of Cardi. In the mean time, catch up on our coverage of this weekend with pictures and video from Friday HERE and Saturday HERE.


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