Austin City Limits music festival announces lineup; tickets for both weekends sold out in record time

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — Tickets for both weekends of this year’s Austin City Limits music festival sold out Thursday in less than three hours, which organizers said happened in record time.

A little after 3 p.m., organizers announced fans bought up all the three-day tickets for ACL’s opening weekend, Oct. 1-3, and the following one, Oct. 8-10. Tickets went on sale at noon.

However, hope is not lost for people to still attend the outdoor event. ACL Festival stated in its latest tweet that limited one-day tickets will go on sale at noon on May 25.

Organizers will also announce that morning the lineup of performers by day.

“After an incredibly challenging year for the Austin community, artists, crews and the music industry in general, today’s sell out is a resounding message that fans are ready to gather safely and to see live music again. We are really excited to see this lineup in person and to reunite in Zilker Park this October,” Amy Corbin, a promoter for C3 Presents, said in a statement Thursday afternoon.

This year’s lineup for the festival’s 20th anniversary was announced at 10 a.m. Thursday.

Headlining the shows in October are George Strait, Billie Eilish, Stevie Nicks, Miley Cirus, Rufus Du Sol, Dababy and Erykah Badu.

Organizers said more than 20 of the artists are from Texas, including Strait, Badu, Megan Thee Stallion, Black Pumas, St. Vincent (Weekend One), Marc Rebillet, Surfaces, Dayglow, Missio, Charley Crockett, Heartless Bastards (Weekend Two), Asleep at the Wheel (Weekend One), Nané, Riders Against the Storm (Weekend Two), Mike Melinoe (Weekend Two), Deezie Brown (Weekend One).

Austin City Limits tickets include three-day admission to the concerts in Austin’s Zilker Park. Interest will likely be high as the state and the nation reopen thanks to dropping infection rates and increased vaccinations.

In-person events for this year’s festival — along with several others in Austin and nationwide — were cancelled due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. ACL Fest first made the announcement to cancel its traditional events in July, saying: “We would have loved to put on another memorable show this year, however, with the uncertainty surrounding the current situation in Texas, this decision is the only responsible solution.”

The festival’s cancellation, according to a 2019 study, presented a blow to Austin’s economy, as the event brought almost $1.5 billion to the area that year. The cancellation also came months after Austin’s other iconic music festival, South By Southwest, made the decision to cancel for the first time in its 34-year history.

While ACL held its entirely online 2020 festival via a YouTube lineup of past performances, this year’s events will showcase a return to form.

The 2021 events will coincide with the 20th anniversary of the festival.

Click here for more information on how to buy ACL wristbands. Sales begin at 12 p.m.

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