It all starts and ends in Austin…well, festival season does anyway. With SXSW in March and two weekends of the Austin City Limits Festival in October, the great city of Austin, Texas provides these events as great bookends for those of us that hit all the “majors”. The addition of a duplicate weekend last year proves the popularity of ACL Fest and both are officially sold out this year. For me MUSE is the big headliner but many will getting their new wave nostalgia on with Depeche Mode and The Cure. The Kings of Leon will certainly be popular on the heels of a terrific new album and Atoms for Peace with the combined genius of Thom Yorke and Flea should draw big. The odd headliner choice here is Lionel Richie. This could be a nice trip down pop/r and b memory lane or a total cheesefest. Hard to say…could easily go either way.
As per usual with ACL, a wide array of other great artists will be present representing a broad spectrum of genres. The Arctic Monkeys and Queens Of The Stone Age will keep us rockin’, Eric Church, Jake Bugg and Court Yard Hounds will rep the country world (along with the unknown yet wonderfully entertaining duo Shovels and Rope). The EDM representation is surprisingly thin but Kaskade will surely keep it pumping and R&B legend Shuggie Otis and The Blind Boys of Alabama are unexpected and wonderful additions.
The weather looks to be a challenge. Rain is predicted in a BIG way for Saturday and Sunday and news stations are showing footage of the ACL 2009 “mudfest” but festival officials say the grounds will in no way reach those conditions.
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