Austin City Limits Music Festival

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Austin City Limits Music Festival
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Austin City Limits Music Festival 2012.jpg
Austin City Limits Bud Light stage, 2012
GenreMusic festival
Location(s)Zilker Park, Austin, Texas, United States
Years active2002–present
Most recentOctober 1–3 / 8–10, 2021
Previous eventOctober 9–11, 2020
Next eventOctober 7–9 / 14–16, 2022
Attendance450,000 (Two weekend total)[1]

The Austin City Limits (ACL) Music Festival is an annual music festival held in Zilker Park in Austin, Texas on two consecutive three-day weekends. Inspired by the KLRU/PBS music series of the same name, the festival is produced by Austin-based company C3 Presents, which also produces Chicago's Lollapalooza.[3]

The ACL Music 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.[4] In addition to the music performances, there are food and drinks, an art market, a kids area for families, and other activities for attendees.


Founded in 2002, the festival began as a one-weekend event and remained as such through the 2012 date. 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.[5] Artists who have played at the festival include Metallica, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Depeche Mode, The Cure, Arctic Monkeys, Guns N' Roses, Tame Impala, Robyn, Arcade Fire, Muse, Vampire Weekend, The Flaming Lips, Radiohead, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Pearl Jam, Foo Fighters, Austin native Gary Clark Jr., and many more.

In July 2020, the festival was called off due to the COVID-19 crisis.[6]

In May 2022, it was announced that Hulu will exclusively stream the festival, as well as Bonnaroo Music Festival and Lollapalooza.[7]

Relationship to television series[edit]

The Austin City Limits television series was the inspiration (and later the impetus for the expanded commercial collaboration) that led to the success of the first music festival.

The historic Austin City Limits television series was founded on the principles of musical and cultural diversity and initially focused on Texas singer/songwriters, country and folk performers.

The first iteration of the show gave a voice to musicians struggling to be heard.

This all-inclusive approach to music and how it’s made led to collaborations with musical and instrumental talents from every genre and geography.


The Austin Eats food court in 2004.

The Festival's food court, called Austin Eats, was modeled after the Jazz Fest in New Orleans.[8] Austin Eats features vendors from local Austin restaurants an offers gluten-free and vegetarian options.[9]

The ACL Art Market features numerous art vendors and is located in the center of Zilker Park; all booths are open throughout the duration of the festival.[10]

International expansion[edit]

Auckland City Limits[edit]

In 2015 it was announced that the Auckland City Limits Music Festival would debut at Western Springs stadium in Auckland, New Zealand in early October 2016. The festival showcased over 40 artists from a broad spectrum of musical genres, and highlight local culinary, artisans, festival fashion, an area for children, and a new festival forum for speaking on and exchanging cultural and innovative ideas.

Sydney City Limits[edit]

In the spring of 2018 Sydney City Limits made its debut at Brazilian Fields and Parade Grounds at Centennial Park in Sydney, Australia. This festival was one day and featured 28 bands on four stages. It had many of the same activities and features as Austin City Limits such as Sydney Eats, Sydney Market, and Sydney Kiddie Limits.

List of lineups by year[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Saxena, Kanika. "Austin City Limits Music Festival 2022 Is Soon Approaching And Here's How To Attend It". Retrieved Jul 21, 2022.
  2. ^ Latella, Leah (Oct 5, 2021). "Scenes From an Austin City Limits Music Festival Like No Other". Retrieved Jul 21, 2022.
  3. ^ "C3 Presents". C3 Presents. Retrieved 2013-04-15.
  4. ^ "Austin City Limits Music Festival". Topo Chico USA. Archived from the original on 24 July 2016. Retrieved 3 August 2016.
  5. ^ "Council Approves Two Weekends of ACL Fest". Austin 360. Retrieved 2014-08-14.
  6. ^ "". Retrieved July 22, 2020.
  7. ^ Haring, Bruce (May 12, 2022). "Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits Will Stream Exclusively Via Hulu Through 2023". Deadline Hollywood.
  8. ^ "ACL Music Fest – Austin Eats: ACL's food court, 10 years later – Food – The Austin Chronicle". 2011-09-16. Retrieved 2014-07-21.
  9. ^ "2014 Austin Eats | ACL Music Festival | Oct. 3-5 & 10-12, 2014 | Zilker Park, Austin, Texas". Retrieved 2014-06-25.
  10. ^ "2014 ACL Art Market | ACL Music Festival | Oct. 3-5 & 10-12, 2014 | Zilker Park, Austin, Texas". Retrieved 2014-06-25.

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