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Austin City Limits Music Festival
ACL Festival
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Main entrance of the 2005 Austin City Limits Music Festival in Zilker Park.
Genre Music festival
Frequency Annually
Location(s) Zilker Park
Austin, Texas, United States
Years active 2002-present
Most recent October 4–6 & 11–13, 2013
Next event October 3–5 & 10-12, 2014
Website
Official site

The Austin City Limits (ACL) Music Festival is an annual three-day American music festival that takes place on 46-acres in Zilker Park in Austin, Texas. Each year, ACL Festival brings together 130+ acts from all over the world to play rock, indie, country, folk, electronic and more on eight stages. Approximately 75,000 fans attend the festival each day; 225,000 over the entire weekend (currently, event organizers have capped the daily attendance at 75,000). In addition to the wide array of music, the festival also hosts local eats and products, free fun for children, and activities to entertain guests between the music.

Named after the PBS concert series, the festival is produced by Austin-based C3 Presents, who also produce Lollapalooza as well as other music festivals across the country.[1] ACL Festival celebrated its 10th Anniversary on September 16–18, 2011.[2] The reputation of the ACL television show helped contribute to the success of the first festival. Now that the festival is an established destination, it brings major bands to the television show that might not otherwise have made the trip. In past years, Pearl Jam, My Morning Jacket, Wilco and The National have all performed for both the festival and the show.[3]

On August 16, 2012, Austin City Council members voted unanimously to allow the Austin City Limits Music Festival to expand to two consecutive weekends beginning in 2013.

Austin Eats[edit]

Austin is known for its food, and the festival is no different. Austin Eats is the name of the festival food court that was modeled after the Jazz Fest in New Orleans.[4] Austin Eats features all of Austin’s finest restaurants and caters to each individual festivalgoer. With gluten-free and vegetarian options,[5] this food is far from funnel cakes and turkey legs. Restaurants featured include Torchy’s Tacos, Stubbs B-B-Q, and Amy’s Ice Creams, all local Austin favorites. All vendors accept cash and there are ATMs located around the facility. Recycling bins are provided and festivalgoers are encouraged to be conscious when disposing of their food waste.

ACL Cares[edit]

Festivalgoers are given unique opportunities to give back to the community during their time at the festival. ACL Cares is a section of the festival that supports good causes and encourages support from the thousands of attendees of the festival. Organizations like KLRU and The Nature Conservancy have been involved in past years. ACL Cares aims to make a difference in the local Austin community and beyond.

ACL Art Market[edit]

Local artists have a unique creative and business opportunity to showcase their talent at the ACL Art Market. This section of the festival aims to support local artists as well as give the festivalgoers the opportunity to walk away from the festival with more than a t-shirt. The market is located in the center of Zilker Park and all booths are open throughout the duration of the festival.[6]

Relationship to television series[edit]

The historic Austin City Limits television series focused for many years on Texas singer/songwriters, country and folk performers, and instrument specialists. That is changing as the award-winning television series now resembles the Festival lineup and spotlights artists of every musical genre from rhythm and blues to rock, jazz, and alternative. Performers who have appeared on both the PBS show and the Festival in recent years have included:

2013[edit]

For the first time, the Austin City Limits Music Festival was split across two weekends with matching lineups: October 4–6 and October 11–13, 2013. Due to heavy rains and flash floods, the festival was cancelled on Day 3 of Weekend 2.

Weekend 1[edit]

Friday

  • Depeche Mode
  • MUSE
  • Vampire Weekend
  • Queens Of The Stone Age
  • Arctic Monkeys
  • fun.
  • Kaskade
  • Local Natives
  • Jimmy Eat World
  • The Black Angels
  • Okkervil River
  • Purity Ring
  • Smith Westerns
  • Pinback
  • The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion
  • Wild Belle
  • Court Yard Hounds
  • Thao & the Get Down Stay Down
  • Savages
  • FIDLAR
  • The Blind Boys of Alabama
  • Jake Bugg
  • Wild Nothing
  • Electric Six
  • Shovels & Rope
  • Widowspeak
  • Asleep at the Wheel
  • JD McPherson
  • Pacha Massive
  • The Orwells
  • Desert Noises
  • Holly Williams
  • Wick-it The Instigator
  • Houndmouth
  • Dana Falconberry
  • Latasha Lee & The BlackTies
  • Brooke Waggoner
  • Bells of Joy
  • Barton Hills Choir
  • Play Date
  • Grace London
  • Andy Z
  • Tim and the Space Cadets
  • School of Rock

Saturday

  • The Cure
  • Kings of Leon
  • Wilco
  • Passion Pit
  • Kendrick Lamar
  • The Shouting Matches
  • Grimes
  • Portugal. The Man
  • Silversun Pickups
  • The Joy Formidable
  • The Bright Light Social Hour
  • The Mavericks
  • HAIM
  • Junip
  • WALK THE MOON
  • Vintage Trouble
  • Lissie
  • Little Green Cars
  • Autre Ne Veut
  • Parquet Courts
  • True Believers
  • Delta Rae
  • Electric Guest
  • Dan Croll
  • Deap Vally
  • Hundred Waters
  • Reignwolf
  • Mona
  • Greensky Bluegrass
  • Valerie June
  • The Weeks
  • Wild Cub
  • Bobby Jealousy
  • Max Frost
  • Colin Lake
  • Endurance
  • Disciples of Christ
  • The Warrior Gospel Band
  • Caspar Babypants
  • The Verve Pipe
  • Andy Z
  • The Ohmies
  • Tim and the Space Cadets with Mother Falcon

Sunday

  • Atoms For Peace
  • Lionel Richie
  • Phoenix
  • The National
  • Eric Church
  • Franz Ferdinand
  • Tame Impala
  • Toro Y Moi
  • Neko Case
  • Divine Fits
  • Grouplove
  • Shuggie Otis
  • Dawes
  • Noah and the Whale
  • Paper Diamond
  • Phosphorescent
  • Foxygen
  • White Denim
  • Kodaline
  • The Lone Bellow
  • Typhoon
  • Twin Forks
  • Red Baraat
  • MS MR
  • Bear Mountain
  • The Mowgli's
  • Wild Feathers
  • Roadkill Ghost Choir
  • JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound
  • The Band of Heathens
  • Shinyribs
  • Aaron Behrens and the Midnight Stroll
  • Peterson Brothers Band
  • Courrier
  • Kristin Diable & The City
  • The Stapletones
  • The McCrary Sisters
  • The Durdens
  • Caspar Babypants
  • The Verve Pipe
  • Play Date
  • Peter DiStefano & Tor
  • The Ohmies
  • The Q Brothers

Weekend 2[edit]

Friday

  • Depeche Mode
  • MUSE
  • Vampire Weekend
  • Queens Of The Stone Age
  • Arctic Monkeys
  • fun.
  • Kaskade
  • Local Natives
  • Jimmy Eat World
  • The Black Angels
  • Okkervil River
  • Purity Ring
  • Smith Westerns
  • Pinback
  • The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion
  • Wild Belle
  • Court Yard Hounds
  • Thao & the Get Down Stay Down
  • Savages
  • FIDLAR
  • The Blind Boys of Alabama
  • Jake Bugg
  • Wild Nothing
  • Electric Six
  • Shovels & Rope
  • Widowspeak
  • Asleep at the Wheel
  • JD McPherson
  • Pacha Massive
  • The Orwells
  • Desert Noises
  • Holly Williams
  • The Dynamites feat. Charles Walker
  • Luella and the Sun
  • Sons Of Fathers
  • The Preservation
  • Andrew Duhon
  • Bells of Joy
  • Barton Hills Choir
  • Caspar Babypants
  • The Verve Pipe
  • Play Date
  • Tim and the Space Cadets with Mother Falcon
  • School of Rock

Saturday

  • The Cure
  • Kings of Leon
  • Wilco
  • Passion Pit
  • Kendrick Lamar
  • The Shouting Matches
  • Grimes
  • Portugal. The Man
  • Silversun Pickups
  • The Joy Formidable
  • The Bright Light Social Hour
  • The Mavericks
  • HAIM
  • Junip
  • WALK THE MOON
  • Vintage Trouble
  • Lissie
  • Little Green Cars
  • Autre Ne Veut
  • Parquet Courts
  • True Believers
  • Delta Rae
  • Electric Guest
  • Dan Croll
  • Deap Vally
  • Hundred Waters
  • Reignwolf
  • Mona
  • Greensky Bluegrass
  • Valerie June
  • Cherub
  • Shakey Graves
  • My Jerusalem
  • Whiskey Shivers
  • Shannon LaBrie
  • Tyree Morris & The Hearts of Worship
  • Disciples of Christ
  • The Warrior Gospel Band
  • Caspar Babypants
  • The Verve Pipe
  • Play Date
  • The Ohmies
  • Tim and the Space Cadets with Mother Falcon

Sunday

  • Atoms For Peace
  • Lionel Richie
  • Phoenix
  • The National
  • Eric Church
  • Franz Ferdinand
  • Tame Impala
  • Toro Y Moi
  • Neko Case
  • Divine Fits
  • Grouplove
  • Shuggie Otis
  • Dawes
  • Noah and the Whale
  • Paper Diamond
  • Phosphorescent
  • Foxygen
  • White Denim
  • The Lone Bellow
  • Lance Herbstrong
  • Typhoon
  • Twin Forks
  • Red Baraat
  • MS MR
  • Smallpools
  • Bear Mountain
  • The Mowgli's
  • Wild Feathers
  • Roadkill Ghost Choir
  • JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound
  • The Band of Heathens
  • Alanna Royale
  • X Ambassadors
  • Not In The Face
  • CALEB
  • Heavenly Voices Choir
  • The McCrary Sisters
  • The Durdens
  • Grace London
  • Peter DiStefano & Tor
  • The Ohmies
  • School of Rock
  • The Q Brothers

2012[edit]

Austin City Limits took place from October 12–14, 2012. The official lineup was announced on May 22, 2012.[7]

2011[edit]

The ninth anniversary festival took place from September 16–18, 2011. The official lineup was announced on May 17, 2011.[8]

2010[edit]

The 2010 festival took place on October 8–10, 2010. The performers included The Eagles, Phish, Muse, The Strokes, and M.I.A.

2009[edit]

The 2009 festival took place on October 2–4, 2009. This year's festival is most commonly remembered as the one when torrential rains which started falling on Saturday afternoon turned the new grass turf into slick fields of Dillo Dirt mud.

2008[edit]

The 2008 edition took place September 26–28, 2008.

2007[edit]

The 2007 Austin City Limits Music Festival occurred September 14 15, 16 in Zilker Park. Several acts, including Amy Winehouse, The White Stripes and Rodrigo y Gabriela, cancelled their appearances at the festival due to health reasons, the latter two on very short notice. The scheduled performance by Saturday headliner, The White Stripes was replaced by moving already scheduled Muse into the headlining slot.

Other notable moments include Friday when a propane tank was ignited and a fire broke out in the service area, burning down two trailers and several port-o-potties. Four people who were working at the festival were injured, two of them seriously. A second fire broke out on the speaker stack at the AT&T stage during Björk's set, but it was quickly extinguished and no injuries were reported.[9]

2006[edit]

The 2006 festival took place on September 15, 16, and 17.

After sweltering heat in 2005, festival organizers attempted to relieve festivalgoers from the Texas sun by adding more misting and water stations and more tents for shade. Organizers also added a mobile phone texting feature to the festival. AT&T’s Blue Room offered options for fans to watch live streaming bands playing from the comfort of their own homes.

Ben Kweller suffered a nosebleed during his set. He attempted to stem the flow by inserting a tampon, thrown to him by an audience member, into his nostril. The tampon expanded painfully and then he removed it. Kweller performed two more songs until he had to leave the stage.[10] The next day when The Flaming Lips performed, lead singer Wayne Coyne asked the audience to throw tampons at him to help mop up his signature fake blood. It continued to rain tampons on the band for well over two songs.

2005[edit]

The 2005 festival took place on September 23, 24, and 25.

The 2005 Austin City Limits Festival won Pollstar's Festival of the Year Award. This was also the infamous "Dust Bowl" year where dust kicked up by the festival crowd made it difficult for audiences to breathe. The following year, sprinklers were installed in Zilker Park to remedy this problem.Organizers reduced the daily capacity of the event by 10,000 fans because of neighborhood disputes in the previous years. Three-day passes were sold for $105.

Last minute replacement acts included:

Several acts were scheduled to appear, but cancelled due to transportation issues arising from Hurricane Rita, they included:

2004[edit]

Jack Johnson at ACL 2004

The 2004 festival took place on September 17, 18, and 19.

The 2004 festival had eight stages, and, on the second day of the festival, a top attendance of 75,000 people. This spike in attendance forced the festival promoters to lower capacity per the request of surrounding neighborhood associations.

2003[edit]

September 19–21 marked the second year for the ACL Music festival. With 100 bands performing, tickets increase to $65 for a three-day admission pass. Children under 10 were admitted for free when accompanied by an adult with a ticket.

2002[edit]

2002 was the inaugural year of the festival. Unlike subsequent years, it was a 2-day event only. The festival, arranged by Charlie Jones and Charles Attal founders of C3 Presents, was thrown together in a matter of three or four months. The 2-day festival hosted 5 stages and 67 bands. One-day passes were $25. 42,000 people attended the event when only 25,000 were expected. The festival has grown every year since.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "C3 Presents". C3 Presents. Retrieved 2013-04-15. 
  2. ^ "ACL Festival Celebrates 10th Anniversary". Aclfestival.com. 2010-10-20. Retrieved 2013-04-15. 
  3. ^ "Artists | Austin City Limits". Acltv.com. Retrieved 2014-06-25. 
  4. ^ "ACL Music Fest - Austin Eats: ACL's food court, 10 years later - Food - The Austin Chronicle". AustinChronicle.com. 2011-09-16. Retrieved 2014-07-21. 
  5. ^ "2014 Austin Eats | ACL Music Festival | Oct. 3-5 & 10-12, 2014 | Zilker Park, Austin, Texas". Aclfestival.com. Retrieved 2014-06-25. 
  6. ^ "2014 ACL Art Market | ACL Music Festival | Oct. 3-5 & 10-12, 2014 | Zilker Park, Austin, Texas". Aclfestival.com. Retrieved 2014-06-25. 
  7. ^ "Austin City Limits Festival Announces Schedule | News". Pitchfork. 2012-07-26. Retrieved 2014-06-25. 
  8. ^ [1][dead link]
  9. ^ "Austin Music Source". www.austin360.com. Retrieved 2014-06-25. 
  10. ^ "Rolling Stone, ''The 10 Best Shows at Austin City Limits''". Rollingstone.com. Retrieved 2013-04-15. 

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