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Austin City Limits Festival

Austin City Limits Music Festival
File:Aclfestival logo.jpg
Main entrance of the 2005 Austin City Limits Music Festival in Zilker Park.
Genre Music
Frequency Annually
Location(s) Zilker Park
Austin, Texas, USA
Years active 12
Inaugurated 2002
Most recent October 12–14, 2012
Next event October 4–6 & 11–13, 2013

The Austin City Limits (ACL) Music Festival is an annual three-day American music festival that takes place in Austin, Texas, Zilker Park. Each year, the ACL Festival brings together more than 150 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).

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]

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.

Relationship to television series

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:


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.


Austin City Limits took place from October 12–14, 2012. The official lineup was announced on May 22, 2012.[3]


The ninth anniversary festival took place from September 16–18, 2011. The official lineup was announced on May 17, 2011.[4]


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


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.


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


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.[5]


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

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.[6] 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.


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.

Last minute replacement acts included:

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


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.



2002 was the inaugural year of the festival. Unlike subsequent years, it was a 2-day event only.

See also

Texas portal


External links

  • Austin City Limits Festival
  • Steve Hopson ACL Photography

Coordinates: 30°16′3.216″N 97°46′1.78″W / 30.26756000°N 97.7671611°W / 30.26756000; -97.7671611

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