Austin City Limits: Foo Fighters, Drake, the Strokes Set to Headline
Foo Fighters will return to Austin’s Zilker Park to headline this year’s Austin City Limits festival alongside the Strokes, Florence + the Machine, Drake, the Weeknd, Disclosure and Deadmau5. The festival will feature more than 140 acts and will take place over two weekends: October 2nd – 4th and 9th – 11th.
The lineup, as always, will feature an eclectic roster spanning a wide array of genres, including Bassnectar, Alt-J, Hozier, Alabama Shakes, Of Monsters and Men and Modest Mouse, Tame Impala, Sturgill Simpson, The Decemberists, Ben Howard, Gary Clark Jr., Chance the Rapper, Brand New, TV on the Radio, Walk the Moon, A$AP Rocky, Billy Idol, Twenty One Pilots, Nero and Dwight Yoakam.
Like Coachella, nearly every act will play both weekends, with the exception of the Strokes and Alabama Shakes, who will only play the first weekend, and Florence + the Machine and Modest Mouse, who will appear the following week.
Three-day passes for the festival go on-sale at 11 a.m. EST at the festival’s website. Those unable to attend can check out select acts on the ACL Festival Livestream on Red Bull TV. Organizers will reveal more details, including a list of participating bands, in September.
Foo Fighters should be well-prepared for large crowds by the time ACL hits. The group will perform at European stadiums throughout June, including two nights at Wembley Stadium, before beginning their U.S. tour July 4th at Washington, D.C.’s RFK Stadium. To celebrate both the musical travelogue Sonic Highways and 20th anniversary of the group’s 1995 debut album, the D.C. show will feature guest appearances by Chicago’s Buddy Guy, Austin’s Gary Clark Jr., Seattle’s Heart, Los Angeles’ Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, New York City’s LL Cool J with DJ Z-Trip, D.C.’s Trouble Funk and New Orleans’ Trombone Shorty.
Last year, Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl and Co. visited Austin as part of the Sonic Highways series. Speaking to Rolling Stone, Grohl used Austin as an example of the increasing gentrification of U.S. cities.
“I think the message in the Austin episode is that we have to be careful that we don’t overlook the reasons why people are drawn to these cities,” he said. “There’s something about Austin and its alternative culture that’s an oasis in the middle of this country that attracted people to it in the first place. The personality and the fingerprint of this city is unlike anywhere else. The preservation of that needs to be a priority because if you’re not careful, that could be wiped away and you’re just left with a strip mall.”