The time has finally arrived – Austin City Limits is this weekend! Only 15 years after its inception, the festival has grown into one of the nation’s most-anticipated music showcases and now spans two weekends, with eight stages and 140 artists. Headlining this year’s Austin City Limits is Jay-Z, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Killers, The xx, Chance the Rapper, The Gorillaz, Martin Garrix and many more. Of special note for this weekend (Weekend 1), and this weekend only, are SuperDuperKyle, Alison Wonderland and Royal Blood. These acts, among a handful of others, will only be performing once throughout the festival’s two-weekend stint. For music aficionados and casual “festers” alike, ACL 2017 promises to be one of the festival’s best years yet.
For music-lovers, this year’s lineup packs a serious punch and provides an unparalleled opportunity to cross off once-in-a-lifetime performances at a steep discount. To name a few; Jay-Z, The Gorillaz, The Killers and Chance the Rapper promise to exceed expectations for listeners old and new. Jay-Z, with one of the most successful music careers of all time – having sold more than 100 million records and received 21 Grammy Awards – is currently riding the release of his latest studio album, “4:44.” He’s recently stunned audiences with live performances of his top solo hits as well as other notable collaborations. Stepping into the hip-hop spotlight more recently, Chance The Rapper and his lively performances have taken the Internet by storm since the release of his latest album, “Coloring Book,” last year. Though the infamous rapper has made his way around the festival circuit over the past year, he shows no signs of slowing down and promises to perform a memorable set each time he takes the stage.
The Gorillaz, a virtual band consisting of Damon Albarn (musician) and Jamie Hewlett (artist), recently released their latest album, “Humanz” after a ten-year hiatus and have re-vamped their massive following garnered during the early 2000’s. The latest album features collaborations with artists ranging from Vince Staples, to Popcaan, to D.R.A.M and provides avid fans with a glimmer of hope that these notable collaborators will make an appearances during the group’s set this Sunday. Lastly, the rock band The Killers, take the stage Sunday night and will close out the weekend with massive hits like “Mr. Brightside” and “Somebody Told Me.” In an era ruled by electronic dance music (EDM) and DJ’s, it is a mighty breath of fresh air to catch a live act with instrument-playing musicians. The Killers recently released their fifth studio album, “Wonderful Wonderful,” and are primed for a major return to the live music scene.
For the casual attendees, there is no shortage of entertainment beyond the stages. Whether it’s relaxing in the sun, drinking a refreshing beverage, shopping in the art/clothing market, or experiencing some of Austin’s finest foods, ACL promises to provide a memorable weekend for all those wandering the festival grounds. Below is a quick glimpse into the food and art experiences at this year’s festival:
Amy’s Ice Cream
East Side King
Maine root Beverages
Austin Art Garage
Chaos Card company
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3-Day passes for Weekend 1 have officially sold out, but Weekend 2 passes are still available along with various single day passes for both weekends. Additionally, and new to the ticketing process this year, festival planners have also provided access to a verified re-sale site for fans to exchange passes. Available tickets and the verified re-sale site for both Weekend 1 and 2 can be found here:
Looking for even more beyond the festival? Check out the link below for the ACL “Late Night Shows” taking place at Austin’s local venues each evening of the festival, as well as days leading up to and following it.