The biggest festival in the Live Music Capital of the World revealed its massive 2014 line-up yesterday. Headed by festival gurus C3 Presents, Austin City Limits is now in its 12th year and poised to have one of the most successful runs yet, with two weekends and a line-up chock-full of A-list music acts. The festival will take place on the weekends of October 3-5th and 10th-12th, as the second year that ACL has expanded into two separate but nearly identical weekends.
Hip-hop acts top the bill this year, with Outkast hitting every major festival known to man, it was a given that they would be making an appearance. Eminem will also be taking the stage here in Austin (as well as at C3’s sister festival, Lollapalooza). He now joins the ranks of Kanye West as the biggest rappers to take on Zilker Park.
Everyone seems to be overlooking the fact that Skrillex is also headlining? EDM is not dead, y’all. Sonny Moore has been hiding out and hard at work the past couple of years, working on a recently released LP Recess, which was out on March 18th, and was WELL worth the wait. If you make it to ACL this year, you are highly advised not to sleep on this set. Calvin Harris, Chromeo, Beats Antique, Major Lazer and Gramatik round out the unusually solid list of acts playing ACL this year.
The ladies will also be out to play, as Lorde, Lana Del Rey and Iggy Azalea are all top female names on this year’s list. although the teenybopper Lorde will only be performing during weekend 2. Phantogram and Icona Pop will also lead the girl-power charge through the festival. Despite Lana’s sub-par performance at Coachella, the masses still seem fairly stoked for the sultry-songstress’ return to the ATX.
It is also worth mentioning that Pearl Jam and Spoon will return to Austin City Limits this October, so fans of good old Rock n’ Roll are not to feel left out. Festival favorites The Avett Brothers, Foster the People, Beck and Rebelution are all noteworthy acts that will be worth adding to your festie schedule.
Tickets are now on sale through the festival website for weekends one and two, so prepare your tie-dye, jorts and camel backs because before you know it, October will roll around and it will be time to get down in Austin once again.