The Austin City Limits (ACL) Music Festival is a yearly three-day American music festival that is
held in Austin, Texas at Zilker Park. Austin City Limitsbegan as a wildly popular TV show. Now, the Austin City Limits Festival
is one of the most popular music festivals in the United States. This six-day bash brings together some of the hottest performers
in today's music world. Past big-name acts have included Depeche Mode, The Cure, and Kings of Leon.The Austin City Limits
Festival will be held on October 3-5 and October 10-12.
With more than 150 bands covering
every music genre, there's something for everyone at this live concert. Plus, the ACL festival features incredible local cuisine
and art, as well as enjoyable activities for families and lots of environmentally friendly attractions. Book your seats early
for this red-hot extravaganza!
Nearly 75,000 fans attend the festival each day, and 225,000 people
attend it in the course of the entire weekend.
Every year, the ACL Festival features over 150
acts from all across the globe to play rock, indie, country, folk, electronic, and more on a total of eight stages.Named after
the PBS concert series, the Festival is produced by Austin-based C3 Presents, who also produce Lollapalooza in addition to
other music festivals across the United States. ACL Festival's 10th Anniversary fell on September 16–18, 2011. In August
2012, Austin City Council members decided that the Austin City Limits Music Festival would expand to two consecutive weekends,
starting in 2013.
The historic Austin City Limits television series centered for several years on Texas singer/songwriters,
country and folk performers, and instrument pros. That is slowly changing, as the award-winning television series now resembles
the Festival lineup, featuring artists of every musical genre, including rhythm, blues, rock, jazz, and alternative. In recent
years, both the PBS show and the Festival have featured the following performers: Dave Matthews Band, Pearl Jam, Phish, Muse,
R.E.M., Willie Nelson, Sheryl Crow, Coldplay, Oasis, John Mayer, Dixie Chicks, Modest Mouse, The Flaming Lips, Jack Johnson,
Wilco, Son Volt, Widespread Panic, Heartless Bastards, Eagles, Ben Kweller, Van Morrison, Trey Anastasio, Franz Ferdinand,
John Prine, Keith Urban, Ben Harper, Elvis Costello, Nickel Creek, Cat Power, Ghostland Observatory, The Raconteurs, Switchfoot,
Cage The Elephant, K'Naan, Mos Def, Arcade Fire, Norah Jones, Phoenix, The Black Keys, The Shins, Corinne Bailey Rae, Pixies,
Bright Eyes with My Morning Jacket, Ozomatli, Grupo Fantasma, Café Tacuba, Beck, Manu Chao, Damian Marley, Rilo Kiley,
Silversun Pickups, The National, The Avett Brothers, David Byrne, Polyphonic Spree, The String Cheese Incident, and Jack White.
2013, the Austin City Limits Music Festival—for the first time—was divided into two weekends with matching lineups:
October 4-6 and October 11-13, 2013. Because of heavy rains and flash floods, the festival was called off on Day 3 of Weekend
In 2012, Austin City Limits was held from October 12–14, 2012. The official lineup was confirmed on May 22,
2012. The ninth anniversary festival occurred from September 16–18, 2011. The official lineup was confirmed on May 17,
In 2010, the festival was held on October 8–10, 2010. The performers consisted of The Eagles, Phish, Muse,
The Strokes, and M.I.A. The 2009 festival occurred on October 2–4, 2009. Many attendees remember this year's festival
as the one when torrential rains, which began falling on Saturday afternoon, transformed the new grass turf into slippery
fields of Dillo Dirt mud. In 2008, the festival was held on September 26–28, 2008.
The 2007 Austin City Limits
Music Festival took place on September 14, 15, and 16 in Zilker Park. A string of acts, such as Amy Winehouse, The White Stripes,
and Rodrigo y Gabriela, cancelled their appearances at the festival because of health reasons, the latter two on particularly
short notice. The planned performance by Saturday headliner, The White Stripes, was replaced by placing the already scheduled
band Muse into the headlining slot. The 2006 festival was held on September 15, 16, and 17.
The 2005 festival occurred
on September 23, 24, and 25. The 2005 Austin City Limits Festival scored Pollstar's Festival of the Year Award. That year
was also the infamous "Dust Bowl" year, where dust kicked up by the festival crowd caused audiences to have difficulty breathing.
The following year, sprinklers were installed in Zilker Park to take care of this issue. Several acts had scheduled appearances
at this festival, but cancelled because of transportation issues due to Hurricane Rita. These acts included: Bettye LaVette,
The Lost Trailers, Nine Black Alps, Kathleen Edwards, Mindy Smith, Ditty Bops, Tegan and Sara, Missy Higgins, Kate York, Los
Aterciopelados, and Naturally 7, among many others. Last minute replacement acts at this festival consisted of: Deadboy and
the Elephantmen, The Texiles featuring members of The Iguanas, The Double, and Tracy Bonham, among others.
festival was held on September 17, 18, and 19. The festival that year took place on eight stages. On the second day of the
festival, the attendance topped 75,000 people. 2002 was the festival's inaugural year. Unlike later years, the 2002 festival
only took place over two days.