Keep Austin Weird will be the theme of the next two weekends in Zilker Park in Austin, Texas.
The Austin City Limits music festival is set to debut its 13th year of music, food and fun on Oct. 2. Many artists like Eminem, Lana del Rey, The Strokes, Vampire Weekend, fun., and The Black Keys have all shared the festival stages of the recently turned two weekend music festival.
Both weekends of the festival boast artists who have either cemented their name into households across the world, or there are those who are just starting out and going to make their mark by performing in the lone star state.
Dave Grohl and his band of brothers, Foo Fighters, take the stage at Austin City Limits on Oct. 9. The 20 plus year band is the closing act of the day, and rightfully so.
Earlier this year Grohl broke his leg before a performance of the Fourth of July, putting into jeopardy the future of the band’s touring schedule. Foo Fighters did not let Grohl’s leg stop them, and they performed at a Fourth of July festival in Washington, D.C., marking the start of their self-proclaimed “Broken Leg Tour.”
The band has many hits such as “Learn to Fly,” “Everlong,” and “Best of You.” The festival has a longstanding tradition of bringing in classic rock artists such as Pearl Jam, The Eagles, and The Flaming Lips, so it’s no surprise that Foo Fighters are bringing their class act back to ACL to close Friday night.
Aubrey Graham has already cemented himself as a legend of his genre with the release of not one but two secret mix tapes, it truly is a time to be alive in the era of Drake.
Drake is set to perform during the Saturday of the second weekend, closing out the nights festivities. With performers joining him on stage at Coachella, it begs the question of someone joining him Saturday night. Surprise entrances by Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj are possible.
Past rap performances at ACL have included Kendrick Lamar and Eminem. The Canadian rapper is sure to be giving Austin and its temporary citizens “Views from the 6.”
Up and coming artist Ryn Weaver is a force to be reckoned with. With an appearance at Bonnaroo earlier this year, the 23-year-old has one studio album, “The Fool,” which boasts many anthems of joy, sadness, and growth.
Weaver is set to perform Saturday during the festival to kick off the day. Also, she will be performing with Billy Idol as part of the ACL Late Night shows. This is sure to be an energetic set from the rising star.
Others who have gone on to fame after ACL performances include, Vampire Weekend and Sam Smith.
Of Monsters and Men
Of Monsters of Men and have been quiet for the past couple of years, but came to take 2015 by storm. The release of their new album, “Beneath the Skin” marks a new chapter for the Icelandic group, and they’re flipping a page at ACL this year.
The band is set to wind down the festival on Sunday night. With such hits such as “Six Weeks,” “Mountain Sound” and “Dirty Paws,” the setlist is not set to disappoint.
With the band not making many appearances in the U.S. until this year, Texas and ACL are in for a big surprise.
Little to nothing is known about this pop duet known as HOLYCHILD. The band has created many videos reminiscent of early Marina and the Diamonds, and even went as far as to create a pop up music video earlier this year. The band is set to open up Saturday’s festivities.
The Los Angeles based band’s claim to fame is having a song used in the launch of the Apple Watch commercial campaign earlier this year.
The band has a late night ACL After Show on the Thursday before the start of Weekend Two.
U.K. based brother DJ’s Disclosure stampeded onto the music scene in 2014, and are evolving musically in 2015. The electronic group of brothers bursted onto the scene with the song from the first album, “Latch,” featuring Sam Smith.
The brothers are set to close the night out on Friday, and their newest album “Caracal” is sure to be on the menu. The newest album, released in late September, features another collaboration with Smith, Lorde, and The Weeknd, all three past or current ACL alums.
With Disclosure opening up the festival for the electronic group, there’s going to be no shortage of energy at the festival.
This “Classic Man” hasn’t been on the scene for very long, but he’s making big waves, with his even bigger beard.
Jidenna is set to perform at the festival on Sunday to open up the day. The performer is signed to Janelle Monae’s record label, Wondaland Records. The performer is known for his hit with Monae, “Yoga,” and “Classic Man.”
The singer hasn’t performed at ACL before, but that’s a blank slate for him to impress Texas, and begin flourishing his career.
Halsey is the breath of fresh indie air the festival circuit needs, and will be getting to close out the festival on Sunday night.
The “New Americana” singer is an eclectic sounding newly 21-year-old sure to dazzle at ACL. Already a South by Southwest veteran earlier this year, Halsey will surely perform tracks from her just released “Badlands.”
Girl power seems to be the theme of this year’s ACL, and Halsey is sure to not disappoint.