This October marks the 14th edition of the Austin City Limits Music Festival, returning to the city's sprawling Zilker Park for two weekends. What started out as a relatively stress-free but still packed musical outing has evolved into a something-for-everyone, Coachella-rivaling behemoth.
After a small yet unceremonious leak over the weekend, the official, final lineup of the upcoming 2015 edition (Oct. 2-4 and Oct. 9-11) has been released. The 2015 ACL fest echoes this year's Coachella by including hip-hop superstar Drake as its biggest headlining act on both weekends, but I'm sure nobody's complaining about that choice. Here's hoping Drake has another new set of songs (however they might appear) burning up the charts by October.
Foo Fighters also land at the top of the bill. Other big names in store for ACL's two weekends are Hozier, Tame Impala, the Decemberists, Fort Worth's rising soul star Leon Bridges, UK electronic duo Disclosure, folk sensation Father John Misty, and country hope Sturgill Simpson. And there's so much more on the lineup, which tops 140 acts this year.
Regular tickets for both weekends go on sale today at 10 a.m. at aclfestival.com, but fancy-schmancy VIP and platinum passes are already available.
Below are some ACL highlights for 2015 by genre, followed by the full lineup:
HIP-HOP: Drake, the Weeknd, Chance the Rapper, A$AP Rocky, Flosstradamus, Run the Jewels
ROCK: Foo Fighters, the Strokes (weekend 1 only), Florence + the Machine (weekend 2 only), alt-J, Hozier, Tame Impala, the Decemberists, TV on the Radio, Billy Idol, Brandon Flowers, Brand New
R&B: Alabama Shakes, Gary Clark Jr., Leon Bridges, the Suffers (weekend 1 only), Gabriel Garzon-Montano (weekend 2 only)
ELECTRONIC/DJ: Disclosure, deadmau5, Bassnectar, Nero, Classixx
COUNTRY/FOLK: Father John Misty, Hozier, Sturgill Simpson, Dwight Yoakam, Rhiannon Giddens, Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors, William Clark Green