Now that Coachella weekends one and two have passed, it’s time to fast forward to fall — fall in Texas, specifically. There are some bucketlist fests on everyone’s radar and Austin City Limits (ACL) continues to reign supreme (next to Bonneroo and Lolla, of course). ACL might not be as old as its aforementioned predecessors, yet has quickly earned its spot at the top. Last year boasted Paul McCartney headlining, no less! How can you beat a Beatle?! Fans of the fest (and festivals in general) have pondered that question relentlessly, waiting with baited breath what ACL 2019 may bring. Well, the big announcement is here and, believe us, no one is disappointed with the news.
It’s utterly ingenious how ACL fits this much talent into two weekends year after year.
For weeks leading up to this momentous day, the ACL crew blew up social media by throwing out lineup sneak peaks… if you could actually see them, that is. Remember those Magic Eye pictures we used to stare at as kids? The ones that if you crossed your eyes just right, you would see a 3-D image or message pop-out? Well, ACL started leaking the lineup one autostereogram at a time, making everyone feel like the poor bastard that failed to see the sailboat in the movie Mall Rats. Some great guesses were had; some great Photoshops made it a lot easier. See for yourself (or not):
Good thing our parents lied to us about our face staying that way. With eyeballs uncrossed, ACL lovers got to view the whole rundown as of yesterday, coinciding with weekend passes going on sale. What nobody saw coming was the amount of diversity in the A-list headlining acts ACL puts together oh so well. Guns N’ Roses, complete with Slash back in the band, is listed next to Mumford & Sons, Childish Gambino, The Cure, Billie Eilish and Tame Impala, with weekend one Cardi B cycling out for Robyn weekend two. Cue everyone’s minds exploding. The Cure??!? Is this real life??
Despite Gambino, Tame and Eilish heading up Coachella 2019, ACL hosts an entirely alternate list of supporting acts. Hence, a completely novel experience. Among the direct support acts are guitar legend Gary Clark Jr., hip hop queen Lizzo, country pop princess Kacey Musgraves and Jack White’s rockin’ side project, The Raconteurs. The jaw-dropping list goes on and on, covering two full weekends of music and including the likes of Thom Yorke Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes, James Blake, 21 Savage, Lil Uzi Vert, King Princess, Tyler Childers, Third Eye Blind, Kali Uchis, Rosália, Lauren Daigle, Rebelution, Griz, RL Grime, Hippie Sabotage, K. Flay, Judah and the Lion, The Kooks, Oliver Tree, Koffee, The Aces and a landslide more. It’s utterly ingenious how ACL fits this much talent into two weekends year after year.
So, who’s ready to head to Austin this October? Weekend one is scheduled at Zilker Park October 4th-6th, with weekend two landing October 11th-13th. After tickets went on sale yesterday, weekend one GA sold out within minutes. VIP packages are still available, as well as weekend two general admission (at least for now). Remember while attending ACL that the fest strives to make a positive environmental impact, so be mindful as you bask in its musical history in the making. For more information or to lock down your chance to get in on the action this fall, visit www.aclfest.com.