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Performance [115] 7-Oct-2017 (Festival)

Austin City Limits (Week 1)


Grace sang six original songs and one cover live for the first time.
This was drummer Ben Master's and guitarist Destiny Petrels's first concert with Grace.

"Grace VanderWaal – Mini Taylor Swift with a giant voice. As a 13-year-old, she had more stage presence than most adult artists out there". (

Vanderwaal, brought an abundance of youth, energy and excitement to the stage for her 1:00 p.m slot on Saturday afternoon. Despite the heat and the early set, the audience was packed with kids and adults alike. With vocal prowess years beyond her age and a stage presence reflecting that of a veteran musician. Vanderwaal entertained both new listeners’ and longer-standing fans. In particular, a young boy named Garrett was entertained with a special birthday shout out and rendition of the classic “Happy Birthday” tune that left the crowd speechless. Still, in the very early stages of her career, Vanderwall quickly learned during her set the amount of stamina required of musicians who command the stage and provide fans with a choreographed performance, applauding the likes of Ariana Grande and others. ( student-run news organization of the University of Houston)

[Vanderwaal] said appearing at ACL Fest 2017, one of her first major festivals, was something she’ll never forget. “That audience in particular was just very supportive, very attentive, they were really listening to what I had to say, which is scary but also really, really inspiring to share what I want to with people,” she said. (austin360 Aug. 12, 2019)

The Austin City Limits (ACL) Music Festival is an annual music festival, founded in 2020 and held in Zilker Park in Austin, Texas on two consecutive three-day weekends. It is the biggest annual music festival in Texas and one of the largest in America,

The Festival has eight stages where musical groups from genres including rock, indie, country, folk, electronic and hip hop perform for fans. The concerts continue from 10 AM to 10 PM on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday during the festival with various stages spread out in the park. Approximately 450,000 people attend the festival each year. (Wikipedia)

(Jack Plunkett/Invision/AP)


Grace Vanderwaal - Ukulele, vocals

Destiny Petrell - Guitar, vocals

Gabe Rudner - Keyboards

Ben Masters - Percussion


View Full Performance

1. Moonlight
2. Florets (first)
3. So Much More Than This (first)
4. City Song (first)
5. Escape My Mind (first)
6. A Better Life (first)
7. Sick of Being Told
8. Burned
9. Just a Crush
10. Talk Good (first)
11. Home (Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros - Cover) (first)
12. Happy Birthday (Cover) Grace sings Happy Birthday for Garret on his 6th birthday. (Enhanced version of the official video from the festival)
13. I Don't Know My Name Version: 1: Official recording
Version: 2: Bit of IDKMN taken from backstage

Reviews, Recaps, Behind the Scenes etc.

Type Comment Link
Performance related Social media clips
Recap Official Recap
Review (Spirit 1059) One of ACL’s Youngest Musicians Drew a Huge Crowd
Timeline content Grace Vanderwaal Timeline on Facebook

Times Performed

Grace has performed: 2 times at this event, 2 times at this venue, 3 times in this city, 10 times in this state, 439 times in this country