I’ve lived in the Live Music Capitol of the world, Austin, Tx, for the past 9 1/2 years. Its one of the most exciting cities in the U.S. and arguably amongst the most entertaining in the world. We have more live music on any given day, then most cities will have in a month. As a die-hard music lover my whole life, and an active entertainer/recording artist for over five years now, I can tell you its every bit of noteworthy as claimed to be. With several music festivals hosted here yearly, Austin City Limits is one of the biggest in the country.
This year will mark the eleventh year the Austin City Limits Music festival has taken place in our central public park, Zilker. Lasting an exhausting three days (11 AM – 11 PM), ACL brings together roughly 130 of the most diverse and celebrated musical acts from around the world to play on over 8 stages. Every popular genre is offered and over 70,000 fans attend each day. The Austin based C3 entertainment is the production company responsible for the festival which also produce Lollapalooza.
I have never attended the full three days but have managed to enjoy several official/unofficial after-parties and also enjoyed the scenic extravaganza from an apartment I was leasing near zilker park in 2009 and 2010. I can tell you right now I’ve never witnessed anything like it. Just to give you a glimpse of artists who have performed over the course of a decade in this illustrious event here is a very minute list which is nowhere near the comprehensive number of performances hosted at ACL:
Dave Matthews Band, Pearl Jam, Muse, R.E.M, Willie Nelson, Coldplay, John Mayer, Modest Mouse, The Strokes, Tom Petty, The Flaming Lips, Wilco, Eagles, Ghostland Observatory, K’Naan, Mos Def, Arcade Fire, Norah Jones, The Black Keys, Pixies, Beck, Damien Marley, Nas, Kanye West, My Morning Jacket, Big Boi, Pretty Lights, Twin Shadow, AwolNation, Cee Lo Green, Stevie Wonder, Skrillex, Theophilus London, Aloe Blacc, The Black Keys, Switchfoot, Kings of Leon, Theivery Corporation, Foo Fighters, MGMT, Del The Funky Homosapien, Bob Dylan, Ziggy Marley, Common, Crowded House, Explosions in the Sky, Oasis, Blue October, M83, Death Cab for Cutie
That is not even close to the dozens more notables that date back to 2002.
Here are some of the headlining acts for the 2012 ACL Line-up taking place Oct. 12-14th:
Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Avett Brothers, The Shins, Crystal Castles, Childish Gambino, Die Antwoord, Gary Clark Jr., The Black Keys, Avicii, Weezer, M83, Black Lips, LP, Florence + The Machine, The Roots, Jack White, Bassnectar, Gotye, Metric, Big K.R.I.T, The Lumineers, The Weeknd, Two Cinema Club, and much more.
Three day passes are sold out (as they go quickly once announced every year), but if you want to spend a few extra bucks Craigslist always has willing sellers or you can take a chance as there are usually a few to be found on site.Google+