Austin City Limits Line-Up Announced
Van Morrison and Willie Nelson, along with a veritable gaggle of whippersnapper-aged musicians.
Most Festival artists fall somewhere in the alt/alt-rock spectrum. Alt-rockers heading to Austin include the Raconteurs, Nada Surf, Marah, the Tragically Hip, Phoenix, Muse, the Long Winters, Stars, the Secret Machines, Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, Okkervil River, and Guster.
The alt. angst-ridden singer-songwriter sub-genre will also be represented (David Ford and Aimee Mann). Keeping with the "something for everyone theme", the Festival will include electronic music (Thievery Corporation and Massive Attack) and mainstream, highly annoying pop music (John Mayer).
This year, they've decided to include some country and alt-country artists such as Calexico and Kasey Chambers in the Austin City Limits line-up too!
The Festival takes place September 15-17 in Zilker Park in Austin, Texas. Each festival-goer is welcome to bring blankets and/or up to one liter of factory-sealed water. However, illegal substances are not allowed. This seems like a common sense rule. Alcohol may not be brought in with you either, but as luck would have it may be purchased on the Festival grounds.
If you're thinking that the "blankets, yes/illegal substances, no" rules make the Festival sound like the ideal place for children, the Austin City Limits people are way ahead of you. With Austin Kiddie Limits the wee ones can make multi-colored Sand Art and enjoy a corporate-sponsored "instrument 'petting zoo'", yoga, a "sprawling" beach, face painting, and "more"! Plus: "kids 10 years and younger get into the festival FREE!"
Three-day passes to the Festival are sold out, but some one-day passes are still available at $55/pass (plus service charges).
David Ford - A Long Time Ago (available on I Sincerely Apologise For All The Trouble I've Caused)
Nada Surf - The Way You Wear Your Head (available on Let Go)
Marah - City Of Dreamers (available on If You Didn't Laugh You'd Cry)
The Tragically Hip - Summer's Killing Us (available on In Between Evolution)
Phoenix - Consolation Prizes (available on It's Never Been Like That)
Muse - Feeling Good (available on Origin Of Symmetry)
Stars - Look Up (available on Heart)
The Secret Machines - All At Once (It's Not Important) (available on Ten Silver Drops)
Okkervil River - A Glow (available on Black Sheep Boy)
Guster - video for "One Man Wrecking Machine":