Austin City Limits is prepping to celebrate its 15th anniversary and it is not messing around this time. ACL has announced its complete 2016 lineup and it went big from top to bottom. At the top of the list are some of your usual suspects like LCD Soundsystem, Radiohead, Mumford & Sons, Major Lazer, The Chainsmokers and Flume, but also Kendrick Lamar, Kygo and Willie Nelson, who will only be there for weekend two.
Additional names on the bill include HAIM, M83, Chris Stapleton, Schoolboy Q, LL Cool J, Band of Horses, Young The Giant, Foals, Two Door Cinema Club, Miike Snow, Flying Lotus, The Naked and Famous, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats and Cold War Kids.
ACL is a rare two-weekend festival, like Coachella, and manages to pull it off. However, unlike Coachella it has some defections where a fair amount of artists only play one weekend.
Some of the notable artists who will only play weekend one include Chris Stapleton, Kacey Musgraves, Andrew Bird, AlunaGeorge, St. Lucia, Blue October, Jess Glynne and Lewis Del Mar. Other acts who will only perform on weekend two include Willie Nelson, AWOLNATION, Conor Oberst, Crystal Fighters, The Struts, Grace Mitchell, The Wombats, Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals, Atlas Genius and Slaves. Most of the lower card bands have only been booked for one weekend or the other.
This edition of ACL is stacked with a mix of hip-hop, R&B, rock, electronic and everything in between. There are the legends up top and then the rising newcomers just underneath. There are plenty of predictable names on the list, but also some acts who won't be found at many festivals this summer.
Austin City Limits will take place the weekends of Sept. 30 to Oct. 2 and then Oct. 7-9 in Zilker Park, Austin. Tickets go on sale this morning at 10 a.m. local time.