Update at 4:41 p.m.: After releasing its lineup, Austin City Limits announced rap super star Jay-Z would also be headlining the festival.
Austin City Limits Festival announced its mammoth lineup for its two-weekend festival Oct. 6-8 and Oct. 13-15 in Zilker Park. Repeat ACL headliners Red Hot Chili Peppers, Chance the Rapper, and the Killers are joined by Damon Albarn's cartoon band Gorillaz, EDM star Martin Garrix, enigmatic singer-songwriter Ryan Adams, British synth group the xx, R&B goddess Solange and gangsta rap pioneer Ice Cube.
As usual, the ACL lineup is the final mega-fest docket to see the light of day each year, so surprises are few and far between. And with the proliferation and corporate homogenization of big festivals, the similarities between this announcement and other festivals are a bit annoying.
But we're still talking about six days of music-packed fun in the heart of Austin, so it isn't all bad.
A set by Gorillaz, compete with a full band and all kinds of animated visuals, is a big deal, thanks to a brand-new album.
And don't be surprised if the crowd for Ice Cube's set will be as large as any of the weekend, given his iconic status as a hip-hop renaissance man. Hip-hop heads will have plenty to stay busy with, as recent Fortress Festival headliners Run the Jewels will make it to ACL, as will Danny Brown, as exciting of a rapper as there is recording today. And "Broccoli" rapper D.R.A.M. will likely test the weed-intake limits of Austin's massive park.
Given the heavy speculation surrounding possible appearances from Paul McCartney and perhaps this year's festival MVP, Lorde, it's a bit of a letdown to see neither of them on the poster this year.
But at least ACL Fest didn't give us the Chainsmokers like it did last year.
And one thing that continues to set ACL apart from Coachella, Lollapalooza and the like is its commitment to hosting Lone Star talent. Austin's favorite indie band Spoon will play to an ocean-sized throng, as will the capital city's psych-rock kings the Black Angels. Seeing Fort Worth country great Cody Jinks placed so far up the poster is a welcome sight. Twangy locals including Carson McHone, Band of Heathens, Lukas Nelson (a.k.a., Willie's son), and Western swing greats Asleep at the Wheel give this year's festival some of the grit it showed often in its earlier years when it took more cues from its namesake television show than it seems to these days.
Three-day tickets are on sale Thursday, May 4, at 10 a.m. at www.aclfestival.com.