Austin City Limits Festival 2022 Preview

The longest-running live music television program, PBS mainstay Austin City Limits also has its big Austin City Limits Festival, returning to Zilker Park for two weekends, Friday-Sunday, October 7th-9th...
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Austin City Limits

The longest-running live music television program, PBS mainstay Austin City Limits also has its big Austin City Limits Festival, returning to Zilker Park for two weekends, Friday-Sunday, October 7th-9th & 14th-16th:



FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7th/14th

Honda Stage

 

SZA, 8:00 PM

Solana Rowe, a.k.a. SZA (QRO photos at a festival), had people talking from the get-go, but that’s only been more so since 2017’s debut full-length, Ctrl, regarded as one of the albums of the year (QRO Top Albums of 2017), including playing Saturday Night Live and working with Kendrick Lamar on Black Panther’s Oscar-nominated “What Lovers Do”. And she finally won her deserved Grammy this year, for “Kiss Me More” with Doja Cat.

SZA
   

James Blake, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM (weekend one)

Phoenix, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM (weekend two)

People seemed to start talking about ‘post-dubstep’ before dubstep was even a thing (at least in the States), in the form of highly hyped Brit James Blake (QRO live review). But the former singer of Mount Kimbie made massive waves with his self-titled debut (QRO review), so see for yourself what all the fuss is/was about (QRO photos at a big venue) as he comes back to Austin City Limits for a third time (QRO photos at a festival).

There are precious few bands out there who you can’t understand anyone not loving, and one of them is Phoenix (QRO live review). The Versailles outfit (QRO interview – that’s oddly where all the French indie acts come from…) built and built their indie-pop songcraft throughout this century/millennium (including getting a song on the Lost In Translation soundtrack – and singer Thomas Mars would later marry the director, Sofia Coppola), with greater and greater international success (QRO live review), but broke through into the tops (QRO live review) with 2009’s Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix (QRO review), which saw them win such acclaims as the Grammy for Best Alternative Album – and QRO’s #1 Album of 2009.

It was a tough wait for the band (QRO photos) to return, but return they did (QRO spotlight on), and in full force, with 2013’s highly anticipated Bankrupt! (QRO review) and big shows (QRO live review) to headlining festivals from California’s Coachella to Catalonia’s Primavera Sound to fellow-Francophone Osheaga (QRO photos at Osheaga) to New York’s Governors Ball (QRO photos at Governors Ball) to appearing on Austin City Limits (QRO photos on Austin City Limits). The band disappeared again, only to return again in 2017 behind Ti Amo (QRO review) and its cinematic stage show (QRO live review).

And after yet another extended absence, Phoenix are back (QRO ’22 live review) yet again, releasing Alpha Zulu in November, so be sure to catch them (QRO photos outdoors) at their four Austin City Limits Festival (QRO photos at Austin City Limits ’18).

James Blake

Phoenix

   

Jazmine Sullivan, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Check out the award-winning R&B singer Jazmine Sullivan (QRO photos at a ’22 festival), who recently was named one of Time Magazine’s ‘100 Most Influential People’.

Jazmine Sullivan
   

Kevin Morby, 2:30 PM – 3:15 PM (weekend one)

Wet Leg, 2:30 PM – 3:15 PM (weekend two)

Formerly the bassist for The Woods and frontman for The Babies, songwriter Kevin Morby (QRO photos at a festival) has since struck out on his own, most recently with this year’s This Is a Photograph (QRO review).

THE buzz band of last year & this, the Isle of Wight’s Wet Leg (QRO live review) charmed everyone & their sister with “Chaise Lounge” (QRO review), “Too Late Now” (QRO review), “Angelica” (QRO review), selling out upgraded spaces (QRO live review) even before their awesome self-titled debut (QRO review) came out. So, you in the front row (QRO photos) should catch them at Austin City Limits (QRO photos at a ‘22 Austin festival), or it will worry Ur Mum (QRO photos at a ’22 festival).

Kevin Morby

Wet Leg

   

Asleep At the Wheel, 1:00 PM – 1:45 PM (weekend one)

Happie Hoffman, 1:00 PM – 1:45 PM (weekend two)

West Virginia-born, Austin-living Asleep At the Wheel (QRO photos at an Austin festival) having been bringing western swing since 1970, racking up not only nine Grammy Awards, but have also appeared at every single Austin City Limits Festival!

Asleep At the Wheel
   
   

Miller Lite Stage

 

Omar Apollo, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

From working at Jimmy’s Johns and living in an attic to the big time streaming success; such has been the way of Omar Apollo (QRO ’22 photos), who comes to Austin City Limits (QRO photos at a festival), now behind this year’s debut full-length Ivory.

Omar Apollo
   

Arlo Parks, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Last year, London’s Arlo Parks burst onto the scene as she Collapsed in Sunbeams, winning the prestigious Mercury Prize.

Arlo Parks
   

GAYLE, 3:15 PM – 4:00 PM (weekend one)

Vacations, 3:15 PM – 4:00 PM (weekend two)

GAYLE (QRO photoshoot at a festival) hit #1 across the pond with “ABCDEFU” before she turned 18, and now comes to Austin City Limits (QRO photos at a ’22 festival).

GAYLE
   

Also:

Nation of Language, 1:45 PM – 2:30 PM (weekend one)

Blondshell, 1:45 PM – 2:30 PM (weekend two)

Nation of Language
   
   

BMI Stage

 

Sarah & The Sundays, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM (weekend one)

Lily Rose, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM (weekend two)

Lily Is That You, 3:15 PM – 4:00 PM (weekend one)

Dro Kenji, 3:15 PM – 4:00 PM (weekend two)

Girlhouse, 1:45 PM – 2:30 PM (weekend one)

Early James, 1:45 PM – 2:30 PM (weekend two)

Early James
   
   

Barton Springs Stage

 

Carly Rae Jepsen, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM (weekend one)

Lucky Daye, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM (weekend two)

Three words: “Call Me Maybe”. With that song, the third-place finisher of the 2007 season of Canadian Idol (the version where even the Simon Cowell clone is polite) reached massive fame, with what became the best-selling single worldwide in 2012. Carly Rae Jepsen (QRO photos at a festival) is still a pop star, but one of those alt-Canadian ones – the kind who’d be on Broadway in Cinderella. She comes to Austin City Limits Festival (QRO photos at a festival), behind this year’s The Loneliest Time.

Carly Rae Jepsen
   

Also:

L’Impératrice, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Gabriels, 3:15 PM – 4:00 PM

Cassandra Jenkins, 1:45 PM – 2:30 PM (weekend one)

Dcarr, 1:45 PM – 2:30 PM (weekend two)

Cassandra Jenkins
   
   

Tito’s Handmade Vodka Stage

 

Silent Disco, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM

If for some reason you don’t want to listen & watch live music with other people at Austin City Limits, there’s always the Silent Disco (QRO photos at Austin City Limits ’19), which ends every night at Tito’s Handmade Vodka Stage.

Silent Disco
   

Big Gigantic, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM (weekend one)

Purple Disco Machine, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM (weekend two)

Boulder’s Big Gigantic (QRO photos at a festival) mix (big) electronic beats with live drums and even live saxo-mo-phone. Known to set crowds in a writhing heap of body parts (QRO photos at a festival), Big Gigantic (QRO photos at a festival) has been showcasing their electronic fervor all across the globe (QRO photos at a festival), and the last ever New Year’s Eve at New York City’s closed landmark venue Roseland Ballroom (QRO live review), and now return to Austin City Limits (QRO photos at a festival).

Big Gigantic
   

Genesis Owusu, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Ghana-by-way-of-Australia, rapper Kofi Awusu-Ansah, a.k.a. Genesis Owusu (QRO photos at a ’22 festival), practically swept the ARIA Awards Down Under last year, so see him in this hemisphere.

Genesis Owusu
   

Cory Henry, 2:30 PM – 3:15 PM (weekend one)

Sarah Kinsley, 2:30 PM – 3:15 PM (weekend two)

Former member of instrumental ensemble Snarky Puppy, Cory Henry (QRO photos at a festival) has since forged his own solo R&B career, most recently with last year’s Best of Me – not to mention working on Kanye West’s Donda.

Cory Henry
   

Also:

The Bros Fresh, 1:30 PM – 2:15 PM (weekend one)

The Huston-Tillotson University Jazz Collective, 1:30 PM – 2:15 PM (weekend two)

The Bros Fresh
   
   

Austin Kiddie Limits

 

Q Brothers, 4:30 PM – 5:00 PM (weekend one)

Lucy Kalantari & The Jazz Cats, 4:30 PM – 5:00 PM (weekend two)

School of Rock, 2:30 PM – 3:00 PM (weekend one)

Q Brothers, 2:30 PM – 3:00 PM (weekend two)

Elena Moon Park, 12:30 PM – 1:00 PM (weekend one)

School of Rock, 12:30 PM – 1:00 PM (weekend two)

The Q Brothers

School of Rock

   
   

T-Mobile Stage

 

Billy Strings, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

From out of the traditional bluegrass scene in Michigan, Billy Strings (QRO photos) has worked with everyone in the jam scene (QRO photos with Molly Tuttle at a festival), but most recently won the Grammy for Best Bluegrass Album for Home, and now returns to Austin City Limits (QRO photos at a ’22 festival).

Billy Strings
   

Benee, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

New Zealand’s been gifting the rest of the world with pop stars going back to Crowded House, but more recently it’s been leading ladies like Lorde, Kimbra, and Auckland’s Benee (QRO ’22 photos).

Benee
   

Charlotte Cardin, 3:15 PM – 4:00 PM (weekend one)

Teezo Touchdown, 3:15 PM – 4:00 PM (weekend two)

Catch the electric jazz songstress Charlotte Cardin (QRO photos) from Montreal as she returns to Austin City Limits Festival.

Charlotte Cardin
   

Also:

Zai1k, 2:00 PM – 2:30 PM (weekend one)

Bktherula, 2:00 PM – 2:30 PM (weekend two)

Bktherula
   
   

American Express Stage

 

The Chicks, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Before today’s string of outspoken country ladies, there was The Chicks. Back when they were The Dixie Chicks, they had a string of turn-of-the-millennium hits, and were favorites across red states. However, after the invasion of Iraq, lead Chick Natalie Maines remarked to a London crowd how they were opposed to the war, and ashamed that then-President George W. Bush was from Texas like them. This prompted a conservative backlash, which the band weathered bravely, forging the experience into 2006’s Taking the Long Way. Still, hiatuses followed, but in 2020 they not only returned with their first new record since then, Gaslighter, but also dropped the “Dixie” in their name due to its negative connotations. No less Texan, no less country, and no less relevant, it’ll be a big show when they play ACL.

The Chicks
   

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Denver’s Nathaniel Rateliff (QRO photos) brings sad indie-folks sounds with his band, The Night Sweats (QRO photos at a festival), as he has successfully climbed the festival ladder (QRO photos headlining a festival) behind 2020’s And It’s Still Alright (QRO review). The road warrior (QRO ’22 photos) is playing his second Austin City Limits Festival (QRO photos at a ’22 festival).

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
   

Zach Bryan, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM (weekend one)

Conan Gray, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM (weekend two)

Oklahoma’s Zach Bryan (QRO ’22 photos) went from the family tradition of service in the U.S. Navy to the music business, coming to Austin City Limits (QRO photos at a ’22 festival) behind this year’s hit country record, American Heartbreak.

Conan Gray (QRO photos at a festival) broke out of his small town in Texas with viral videos as a teenager, and has become a full-fledged pop star with hit 2020 debut full-length Kid Krow and this year’s follow-up Superache, and now comes to Austin City Limits (QRO photos at a ’22 festival).

Zach Bryan

Conan Gray

   

Also:

Noah Cyrus, 2:30 PM – 3:15 PM

Tamino, 1:00 PM – 1:45 PM (weekend one)

Twen, 1:00 PM – 1:45 PM (weekend two)

Noah Cyrus

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 8th/15th

Honda Stage

 

Flume, 8:15 PM – 9:30 PM

Bringing electronics from the other side of the world is Sydney’s Harley Streten – a.k.a. Flume (QRO photos at a festival). He’s coming off winning the 2017 Grammy for Best Dance/Electronic Album for Skin, and more recently 2019’s mixtape Hi This Is Flume. He plays his second Austin City Limits Festival.

Flume
   

Big Boi, 6:15 PM – 7:15 PM (weekend one)

Death Cab for Cutie, 6:15 PM – 7:15 PM (weekend two)

Still probably best known for being one-half of massively successful duo OutKast (QRO photos at Austin City Limits ‘14), Big Boi (QRO photos at a festival) first showed off his solo skills (QRO photos at a festival) in the Speakerboxx half of OutKast’s 2003’s double-LP, Speakerboxx/The Love Below (the latter half being partner Andre 3000’s own solo debut). But the hip-hop artist (QRO photos) went out with his own (QRO photos at a festival), fully solo Sir Luscious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty in 2011 and Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors the following year. More recently, he teamed up with Phantogram as ‘Big Grams’ (QRO photos at an Austin festival), but has since returned to his solo work with last year’s Boomiverse, and now returns to Austin City Limits.

When Pacific Northwest alternative favorite Death Cab for Cutie (QRO photos at a festival) left long-time indie imprint Barsuk for major Label Atlantic in 2005 with Plans, fans thought the sky might be falling. But instead, Death Cab (QRO photos) has released some of their best records to-date, following up Plans in 2010 with the excellent Narrow Stairs (QRO review), 2011’s Codes and Keys (QRO review), 2015’s Kintsugi (QRO review), and 2018’s Thank You for Today (QRO review).

Singer/guitarist Ben Gibbard may have gone from dork to looking like a Cascadian beefcake (QRO photos at a festival) – he was married to Zooey Deschanel of She & Him/The New Girl (meanwhile, his famous indietronic side project, The Postal Service, went on a reunion tour– QRO photos – behind the tenth anniversary deluxe edition of the one-and-only album, Give UpQRO deluxe edition review – and last year fought Trump’s Postmaster General Louis DeJoy with live album Everything Will Change QRO review), and guitarist Chris Walla may have left for solo projects (QRO solo album review), with over two decade’s worth of strong material (QRO photos), most recently September’s Asphalt Meadows, their well is deep for a wide performance (QRO photos at a festival) as they return to ACL  (QRO photos at a ’22 festival).

Big Boi

Death Cab for Cutie

   

Conan Gray, 4:15 PM – 5:15 PM (weekend one)

Boy George & Culture Club, 4:15 PM – 5:15 PM (weekend two)

Conan Gray (QRO photos at a festival) broke out of his small town in Texas with viral videos as a teenager, and has become a full-fledged pop star with hit 2020 debut full-length Kid Krow and this year’s follow-up Superache, and now comes to Austin City Limits (QRO photos at a ’22 festival).

There might not have been a more eighties act than Culture Club, with ubiquitous hits such as “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me”, “I’ll Tumble 4 Ya”, and “Karma Chameleon”, mixing New Romantic with reggae & more, all behind singular frontman Boy George (QRO solo photos). While the group has come & gone since then, the current group comes to Austin City Limits on their latest reunion.

Conan Gray

Culture Club

   

Adrian Quesada’s Boleros Psicodélicos, 2:15 PM – 3:15 PM (weekend one)

Tai Verdes, 2:15 PM – 3:15 PM (weekend two)

California rapper Tai Verdes went from working at a phone store at the coronavirus outbreak to viral TikTok success.

Also:

The Future X, 12:45 PM – 1:30 PM (weekend one)

Como Las Movies, 12:45 PM – 1:30 PM (weekend two)

Tai Verdes
   
   

Miller Lite Stage

 

Diplo, 7:15 PM – 8:15 PM

Born in Mississippi of all places, Thomas Wesley Pentz – Diplo (QRO photos) – has become a true ‘citizen of the world’, discovering & spreading everyone from Americans Amanda Blank and Santigold to Sri Lanka’s M.I.A. and Brazil’s ‘baile funk’, as well as working with big name artists like Britney Spears, Justin Bieber, Madonna, Usher and even Beyoncé! He’s also best known for being one-half of the acclaimed Major Lazer (QRO photos at a festival), as well teaming up with Skrillex as Jack Ü (QRO photos).

He was even mock-played by James Van Der Beek as a hilarious idiot in VICELAND’s What Would Diplo Do? – and what he would do is play Austin City Limits (QRO photos at a festival).

Diplo
   

Sofi Tukker, 5:15 PM – 6:15 PM

Sophie Hawley-Weld and Tucker Halpern form house duo Sofi Tukker (QRO photos at a ’21 festival). They’re a favorite for team-ups (QRO team-up single review) and commercials, and bring their jungle-pop back to Austin City Limits (QRO photos at Austin City Limits ’18).

Sofi Tukker
   

Also:

Samia, 3:15 PM – 4:15 PM

Slayyyter, 1:30 PM – 2:15 PM (weekend one)

Neil Frances, 1:30 PM – 2:15 PM (weekend two)

Spill Tab, 12:00 PM – 12:45 PM

Samia
   
   

BMI Stage

 

Aly & AJ, 5:15 PM – 6:15 PM (weekend one)

The Brummies, 5:15 PM – 6:15 PM (weekend two)

Closing out the BMI Stage on week two is pop sister duo Alyson & Amanda Michalka, a.k.a. Aly & AJ.

Aly & AJ

   

Also:

Charlotte Sands, 3:15 PM – 4:15 PM (weekend one)

Sloppy Jane, 3:15 PM – 4:15 PM (weekend two)

Jessia, 1:30 PM – 2:15 PM (weekend one)

Ben Reilly, 1:30 PM – 2:15 PM (weekend two)

Katzu Oso, 12:00 PM – 12:45 PM (weekend one)

Izzy Heltai, 12:00 PM – 12:45 PM (weekend two)

Charlotte Sands
   
   

Barton Springs Stage

 

Tobe Nwigwe, 7:15 PM – 8:15 PM

After a torn ligament crushed his NFL draft dreams, Tobe Nwigwe turned to philanthropy, acting, and music, putting out The Pandemic Project in (you guessed it) 2020.

Tobe Nwigwe
   

Sabrina Claudio, 5:15 PM – 6:15 PM

It’s About Time for Sabrina Claudio (QRO ’22 photos), who comes to Austin City Limits behind this year’s powerful & beautiful Based On a Feeling.

Sabrina Claudio
   

Also:

Tyla Yaweh, 3:15 PM – 4:15 PM

Lido Pimienta, 1:30 PM – 2:15 PM

Mama Duke, 12:00 PM – 12:45 PM (weekend one)

Lesly Reynaga, 12:00 PM – 12:45 PM (weekend two)

Lido Pimienta
   
   

Tito’s Handmade Vodka Stage

 

Silent Disco, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM

If for some reason you don’t want to listen & watch live music with other people at Austin City Limits, there’s always the Silent Disco (QRO photos at Austin City Limits ’19), which ends every night at Tito’s Handmade Vodka Stage.

Silent Disco
   

Purple Disco Machine, 6:15 PM – 7:15 PM (weekend one)

Big Gigantic, 6:15 PM – 7:15 PM (weekend two)

Boulder’s Big Gigantic (QRO photos at a festival) mix (big) electronic beats with live drums and even live saxo-mo-phone. Known to set crowds in a writhing heap of body parts (QRO photos at a festival), Big Gigantic (QRO photos at a festival) has been showcasing their electronic fervor all across the globe (QRO photos at a festival), and the last ever New Year’s Eve at New York City’s closed landmark venue Roseland Ballroom (QRO live review), and now return to Austin City Limits (QRO photos at a festival).

Big Gigantic
   

Also:

Maude Latour, 4:15 PM – 5:15 PM (weekend one)

Disko Cowboy, 4:15 PM – 5:15 PM (weekend two)

Omah Lay, 3:00 PM – 3:45 PM (weekend one)

Michigander, 3:00 PM – 3:45 PM (weekend two)

Cimafunk, 2:00 PM – 2:45 PM (weekend one)

Southern Avenue, 2:00 PM – 2:45 PM (weekend two)

The Past Lives, 1:00 PM – 1:45 PM (weekend one)

Good Looks, 1:00 PM – 1:45 PM (weekend two)

Disko Cowboy, 12:00 PM – 12:45 PM (weekend one)

J Soulja, 12:00 PM – 12:45 PM (weekend two)

Maude Latour

Michigander

Cimafunk

   
   

Austin Kiddie Limits

 

Saul Paul, 4:45 PM – 5:15 PM (weekend one)

Alphabet Rockers, 4:45 PM – 5:15 PM (weekend two)

123 Andrés, 2:45 PM – 3:15 PM (weekend one)

Joanne Leeds, 2:45 PM – 3:15 PM (weekend two)

Elena Moon Park, 1:00 PM – 1:30 PM (weekend one)

Lucy Kalantari & The Jazz Cats, 1:00 PM – 1:30 PM (weekend two)

The Barton Hills Choir, 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM

123 Andrés
   
   

T-Mobile Stage

 

The War On Drugs, 7:15 PM – 8:30 PM

Claimed to be “Best New Music” by Pitchfork for their 2011 album, Slave Ambient, The War On Drugs are often known for the jauntily confections of atmospheric guitars and rolling drums (QRO live review). The Philly outfit (QRO photos) later saw Kurt Vile spin-off for his own successful career, and followed up Slave with 2014’s Lost In the Dream (QRO mp3 review), 2017’s acclaimed A Deeper Understanding (One of QRO’s Top Albums of 2017), which won the Grammy for Best Rock Album, and last year’s I Don’t Live Here Anymore (QRO review), and now return to ACL (QRO ’22 photos).

The War On Drugs
   

Manchester Orchestra, 5:15 PM – 6:15 PM (weekend one)

The Front Bottoms, 5:15 PM – 6:15 PM (weekend two)

From Atlanta, not England New or Old, Manchester Orchestra (QRO live review) were more rock than alt- on debut I’m Like a Virgin Losing a Child (QRO review), and moved firmly into the rock camp with 2009’s Mean Everything To Nothing (QRO review), 2011’s Simple Math (QRO review), 2014’s Cope (QRO review), 2017’s A Black Mile To the Surface (QRO review), and last year’s The Million Masks of God (QRO review). However, the outfit does it well (QRO live review) and big (QRO ’21 live review) as they come back to ACL (QRO photos at a ’22 festival) to rock (QRO live review).

New Jersey punks The Front Bottoms (QRO photos at a ’22 festival) have only been growing since their 2011 self-titled debut full-length (QRO review), and rock their second Austin City Limits, behind 2020’s In Sickness & In Flames.

Manchester Orchestra

The Front Bottoms

   

Role Model, 3:15 PM – 4:15 PM (weekend one)

Princess Nokia, 3:15 PM – 4:15 PM (weekend two)

Moving from rap to bedroom pop, Tucker Pillsburg – a.k.a. Role Model (QRO photos at a ’22 festival) – comes to Austin City Limits (QRO photos at a ’22 festival) behind this year’s debut full-length, Rx.

Get ready for the in-your-face hip-hop of Princess Nokia (QRO photos at a festival the month prior), including crowdsurfing and shirt removing (QRO live review, with both), because for her, Everything Sucks and Everything Is Beautiful.

Role Model

Princess Nokia

   

The Aquadolls, 1:30 PM – 2:15 PM (weekend one)

Ripe, 1:30 PM – 2:15 PM (weekend two)

Jam out with Ripe at Austin City Limits (QRO photos at a ’21 festival).

 

Also:

Walt Disco, 12:00 PM – 12:45 PM (weekend one)

Jake Lloyd, 12:00 PM – 12:45 PM (weekend two)

Ripe
   
   

American Express Stage

 

P!nk, 8:30 PM – 110:00 PM

For the pure pop star experience, you can’t go wrong with P!nk. Alecia Beth Moore hit it big at the start of this century/millennium with her debut, Can’t Take Me Home, and then upped her game with Moulin Rouge! hit “Lady Marmalade”. She’s racked up Grammys, Billboard number ones, and worldwide acclaim ever since.

P!nk
   

Lil Nas X, 6:15 PM – 7:15 PM

Just three years ago, Montero Lamar Hill had a massive, out-of-nowhere, overnight hit with the singular country-rap “Old Town Road”, and the world had met Lil Nas X. “Road” had the longest ever run atop the Billboard charts, with numerous remixes (including with Billy Ray Cyrus). He’s since taken his superstardom by the reins, coming out as gay and taking on the ridiculous conservative haters (as well as do a slew of commercials).

Lil Nas X
   

Wallows, 4:15 PM – 5:15 PM

After the L.A. actor-bedroom pop of Wallows (QRO ’22 photos) finishes their return to Austin City Limits (QRO photos at a ’22 festival), you won’t want someone to Tell Me That It’s Over.

Wallows
   

Also:

The Midnight, 2:15 PM – 3:15 PM

The Ventures, 12:45 PM – 1:30 PM (weekend one)

Habibi, 12:45 PM – 1:30 PM (weekend two)

Habibi

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 9th/16th

Honda Stage

 

Kacey Musgraves, 8:15 PM – 9:30 PM

There’s always room for country, when you’ve got a country singer like Kacey Musgraves (QRO photos at a festival), who has received acclaim across the spectrum. She comes back to Austin City Limits (QRO photos at a festival) behind last year’s Star-Crossed, after 2018’s Golden Hour, which managed to win ‘Album of the Year’ at the Grammys, Academy of Country Music, and Country Music Association, and becoming the ‘it girl’ of alt-country (QRO photos at a festival).

Kacey Musgraves
   

6LACK, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM (weekend one)

James Blake, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM (weekend two)

In 2016, Ricardo Valdez Valentine, a.k.a. Atlanta’s 6LACK (QRO photos at a festival), broke out in a big way with single “PRBLMS”, and was named one of Rolling Stone’s ten new artists to watch. In 2018 he followed that up with his second album, East Atlanta Love Letter, and now returns to ACL (QRO photos at Austin City Limits ’19).

People seemed to start talking about ‘post-dubstep’ before dubstep was even a thing (at least in the States), in the form of highly hyped Brit James Blake (QRO live review). But the former singer of Mount Kimbie made massive waves with his self-titled debut (QRO review), so see for yourself what all the fuss is/was about (QRO photos at a big venue) as he comes back to Austin City Limits for a third time (QRO photos at a festival).

6LACK

James Blake

   

Spoon, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

As The Tick would shout, “Spoon!!!” Austin’s own Spoon (QRO live review outdoors) has been turning heads in the indie-sphere (QRO spotlight on) for a while with their trademark indie-rock, but with 2007’s Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga (QRO review), 2010’s Transference (QRO review), 2014’s They Want My Soul (QRO review) & 2017’s Hot Thoughts (QRO review), the group (QRO photos at a festival) has launched into the stratosphere, including headlining at New York’s ultra-upscale Radio City Music Hall (QRO live review). A festival veteran (QRO photos at a festival), including headlining fests (QRO photos headlining a festival), they come to play Austin City Limits (QRO photos at a festival), now (QRO live review) behind this year’s release of Lucifer On a Sofa (QRO review). Three cheers for “The Underdog” (QRO video), who play their umpteenth ACL (QRO photos at Austin City Limits ’17QRO photos at Austin City Limits ’14).

Spoon
   

Also:

Larry June, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Taipei Houston, 12:30 PM – 1:15 PM

Taipei Houston
   
   

Miller Lite Stage

 

ZHU, 7:00 PM – 8:15 PM

Electronic producer/musician Steve Zhu managed to stay anonymous until 2014, but has blown up as ZHU. He comes back to Austin City Limits Festival, after last year’s Dreamland.

ZHU
   

Big Wild, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

After a trip to Big Sur in California, Boston DJ Jackson Stell became Big Wild, and returns to Austin City Limits.

Big Wild
   

Also:

Bia, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Jake Wesley Rogers, 1:15 PM – 2:00 PM

Happie Hoffman, 11:45 AM – 12:30 PM (weekend one)

Caleb de Casper, 11:45 AM – 12:30 PM (weekend two)

Jake Wesley Rogers
   
   

BMI Stage

 

Eric Tessmer, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM (weekend one)

Jackson Dean, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM (weekend two)

Isaac Dunbar, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM (weekend one)

Urban Heat, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM (weekend two)

Darkbird, 1:15 PM – 2:00 PM (weekend one)

Joshua Ray Walker, 1:15 PM – 2:00 PM (weekend two)

Chico Curly Head, 11:45 AM – 12:30 PM (weekend one)

Siena Liggins, 11:45 AM – 12:30 PM (weekend two)

Eric Tessmer
   
   

Barton Springs Stage

 

Goose, 7:00 PM – 8:15 PM

From up in Connecticut, jam festival mainstay Goose (QRO photos at a ’22 festival) hits Texas at Austin City Limits Festival.

Goose
   

The Marías, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Mixing English & Spanish, as well as jazz and pop, are Los Angeles’ The Marías (QRO photos), coming to Austin City Limits (QRO photos at an Austin festival) behind last year’s debut full-length, Cinema.

The Marías
   

MUNA, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM (weekend one)

Faye Webster, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM (weekend two)

The electro-pop of MUNA (QRO photos at a ’22 festival) Saves the World, and this year hit it big signing to tour-mate Phoebe Bridgers’ Saddest Factory imprint with their self-titled record (QRO review), now returning to Austin City Limits (QRO photos at a ’22 festival).

Atlanta’s Faye Webster (QRO ’22 photos) has been releasing her dream pop folk records since she was sixteen, and now returns to Austin City Limits (QRO photos at a ’22 festival).

MUNA

Faye Webster

   

Also:

Tom Odell, 1:15 PM – 2:00 PM (weekend two)

Luna Luna, 11:45 AM – 12:30 PM (weekend one)

Pleasure Venom, 11:45 AM – 12:30 PM (weekend two)

Tom Odell
   
   

Tito’s Handmade Vodka Stage

 

Silent Disco, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM

If for some reason you don’t want to listen & watch live music with other people at Austin City Limits, there’s always the Silent Disco (QRO photos at Austin City Limits ’19), which ends every night at Tito’s Handmade Vodka Stage.

Silent Disco
   

Robert Glasper, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Robert Glasper (QRO photos) grew up going to club dates with his mother rather than being left with a babysitter. It’s no wonder he’s grown up into the Robert Glasper Experiment (QRO photos outdoors), who won the 2012 Grammy for Best R&B Album for Black Radio.

Robert Glasper
   

Magdalena Bay, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Los Angeles’ own synth-pop duo Magdalena Bay (QRO photos at a ’22 festival) are known for their TikTok videos & DIY visuals, because this is a Mercurial World.

Magdalena Bay
   

Also:

Claire Rosinkranz, 2:45 PM – 3:30 PM (weekend one)

Wilderado, 2:45 PM – 3:30 PM (weekend two)

Buffalo Nichols, 1:45 PM – 2:30 PM

Primo the Alien, 12:45 PM – 1:30 PM (weekend one)

Me Nd Adam, 12:45 PM – 1:30 PM (weekend two)

Wesley Bray & The Disciples of Joy, 11:45 AM – 12:30 PM (weekend one)

The Spiritualettes, 11:45 AM – 12:30 PM (weekend two)

Claire Rosinkranz

Wilderado

   
   

Austin Kiddie Limits

 

123 Andrés, 4:30 PM – 5:00 PM (weekend one)

Joanne Leeds, 4:30 PM – 5:00 PM (weekend two)

Special Guest, 3:30 PM – 3:45 PM

Saul Paul, 2:30 PM – 3:00 PM (weekend one)

School of Rock, 2:30 PM – 3:00 PM (weekend two)

School of Rock, 12:30 PM – 1:00 PM (weekend one)

Alphabet Rockers, 12:30 PM – 1:00 PM (weekend two)

123 Andrés

School of Rock

   
   

T-Mobile Stage

 

Marcus Mumford, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Fronting Mumford & Sons (QRO live review), Marcus Mumford brought alt-folk to a much larger audience (including playing Austin City Limits twice), even married Hollywood actress Carey Mulligan. But it was also still difficult, and so he channeled his personal struggles into this year’s solo debut Self-Titled, and now comes to ACL on his own.

Marcus Mumford
   

Japanese Breakfast, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

The solo project of Michelle Zauner (QRO photos at a festival), Japanese Breakfast (QRO photos outdoors) already brought Soft Sounds from Another Planet (QRO review) in 2017, and last year wowed the world with Jubilee (QRO review) and Crying in H Mart: A Memoir, including a wonderful return to touring (QRO 2021 photos) with her beautiful show, gong included (QRO photos at a ’22 festival). And she’s coming back to ACL (QRO photos at a ’22 festival) after playing the season finale of Saturday Night Live!

Japanese Breakfast
   

PinkPantheress, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Sampling the music of the nineties & aughts (which is ancient history to her) is London’s PinkPantheress.

PinkPantheress
   

Also:

Dehd, 1:15 PM – 2:00 PM

Danielle Ponder, 11:45 AM – 12:30 PM

Dehd
   
   

American Express Stage

 

Red Hot Chili Peppers, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM

How can you be into music and not know the Red Hot Chili Peppers? RHCP (QRO photos) emerged from the same sweaty Los Angeles eighties music scene that gave birth to Jane’s Addiction & more, and the Peppers (QRO photos) mix alt-rock with the funkified bass of the one-and-only Flea plus the sexy energy of singular frontman Anthony Kiedis. Along with drummer/Will Ferrell-look-alike Chad Smith and guitarist John Frusciante, the band racked up awards and record sales with such classics as Mother’s Milk, Blood Sugar Sex Magik, “Higher Ground”, “Under the Bridge”, and much more. Frusciante left in 1992 to be replaced by Jane’s Addiction’s own Dave Navarro, before Frusciante returned in 1999 for the band’s biggest selling record ever, Californication.

More recently, Frusciante has left again, to focus on his solo work (QRO review), replaced by upgraded touring guitarist Josh Klinghoffer for 2011’s I’m In You (QRO review) and 2017’s year’s strong The Getaway (QRO review). But of course, Frusciante came back, ‘cause ain’t nothin’ stoppin’ the Red Hot Chili Peppers (QRO photos), who come back to ACL (QRO photos at Austin City Limits ’17) to headline, touring (QRO ’22 live review) behind this year’s Ultimate Love.

Red Hot Chili Peppers
   

Paramore, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

You might as well just stop being a hater and embrace the pop-punk of Paramore (QRO live review). The group your little sister likes (QRO live review) may be huge, but they’re also enjoyable (QRO photos). Fronted by the singular Hayley Williams (though there have been some revolving cast members behind her since 2013’s self-titled record – QRO review), they come to play ACL (QRO photos at a festival) as part of their big hiatus return.

Paramore
   

Oliver Tree, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

DJ/rapper Oliver Tree hit it up in 2017 with “When I’m Down”, and has worked with the likes of Whethan on “Freefall” (QRO review). Now he comes back to Austin City Limits, behind this year’s sophomore full-length Cowboy Tears.

Oliver Tree
   

Goth Babe, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM (weekend one)

Yungblud, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM (weekend two)

Though he first got notice for dating pop star Halsey and releasing single “11 Minutes” with her and Blink-182’s Travis Barker, Doncaster’s Dominic Harrison (QRO photos at a ’22 festival) has since made his own name as Yungblud (QRO photos at a ’22 festival) like with 2020’s Weird!.

Also:

Glove, 12:30 PM – 1:15 PM

Goth Babe

Yungblud

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