With an official motto of “Live Music Capital of the World,” Austin, Texas, has long been known for its amazing concerts, and that reputation is only further solidified each year by the Austin City Limits Music Festival. Taking place on 46 beautiful acres of Zilker Park, this festival features one of the best assemblies of talent of any music event of the year. This year, for the first time in its 12-year history, the Austin City Limits Music Festival is expanding to two weekends—Oct. 4-6 and Oct. 11-13. Fans will not have to make any difficult decisions about which weekend to attend in order to see their favorite act, as all of the top bands—including Muse, fun., Kings of Leon, Wilco, and Atoms for Peace— will be performing on both weekends. Another first in the event’s history is the fact that this year, single-day passes will no longer be available, as 3-day passes will now be the exclusive ticket option.
One look at the ACL 2013 lineup reveals that, as usual, this year’s festival will contain the perfect blend of big-name headliners, up-and-coming performers, and local favorites across a variety of different music genres. The end result is two wildly entertaining weekends in early October that feature the best food, music, and family entertainment that the city of Austin has to offer. Regardless of your musical taste, ACL tickets will guarantee you a weekend full of outstanding music in a scenic outdoor environment.
Festival goers that are particularly fond of the 80s will be sure to line up early to catch a close look at performances by Depeche Mode, The Cure, and Lionel Richie. While The Cure and Lionel Richie have not recently produced new albums, Depeche Mode is stopping at the ACL Festival at the tail-end of the U.S. leg of their Delta Machine Tour, a massive worldwide tour to promote their 2013 album, “Delta Machine.” Though these acts all represent different musical styles, they are each pioneers of their genre, and the continued demand for their live performances speaks to the impressive longevity they have each enjoyed.
Fans of late-90s and early-2000s hits will be especially pleased to see Jimmy Eat World, The Verve Pipe, and D’Angelo on this year’s billing. While Jimmy Eat World and the Verve Pipe have continued to play live shows and produce new studio albums since their glory days years ago, D’Angelo’s performance at the ACL Festival is part of his long-awaited return to the music scene, as this summer will mark his first live performance in the United States in over a decade.
On the opposite end of the spectrum is Kendrick Lamar, who has been in full view of music lovers recently, especially after the release of his smash-hit 2012 album, “Good Kid, M.A.A.D City.” Lamar will be performing around the country this summer, including a stop at another of the most popular music festivals: Lollapalooza. Lamar isn’t the only Lollapalooza headliner set to perform at the ACL Festival this year, as Phoenix, Vampire Weekend, Eric Church, The National, and Queens of the Stone Age will also entertain fans both October weekends in Austin.
With such a huge range of acts set to hit the stage this year, the festival will certainly offer something for everyone. Whether you are looking to take in a local fan favorite, catch a glimpse of a band that experienced fleeting stardom, or just want to enjoy headliners like Lionel Richie all night long, Austin City Limits Festival tickets from Vivid Seats will give you a weekend-long experience that you won’t soon forget.