ACL Fest releases schedule. Let the time slot standoffs begin

ASHLEY LANDIS/FOR AMERICAN-STATESMAN
ASHLEY LANDIS/FOR AMERICAN-STATESMAN
ASHLEY LANDIS/FOR AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Austin City Limits Music Festival released the 2014 schedule today on the fest’s mobile app. The first thing that jumps out on a glance over the schedule? There is very little staggering of sets. In past years sets were slotted to start at 15 minute intervals, which not only helped crowd flow through the park, but also gave fest goers a chance to mitigate conflicts, catching half  of one artist’s set then hustling across the park to catch the end of another. This year by 3:30 in the afternoon most days sets on the four big stages will run concurrently.

The two headliner sets are scheduled to start at 8:15 p.m. Friday, 8:30 p.m. on Saturday and 8 p.m. on Sunday. Odds are pretty good that it’s not the conflicts of Beck vs. Outkast, Eminem vs. Skrillex and Pearl Jam vs. Calvin Harris that will have fans wringing their hands. But there are plenty of schedule stand offs earlier each day that are sure to confound folks. On Friday, for example, British soul artist Sam Smith, the super breakout star of summer 2014 takes the stage at 5:15, the same moment as St. Vincent. On Saturday at 5:30 Australian rapper Iggy Azaela, another huge breakout of 2014, plays against last year’s sensation, Swedish electro-pop duo Icona Pop. A couple hours later, at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday Broken Bells and Major Lazer perform simulatneously. On Sunday at 6 p.m. local indie pop darlings Spoon play the same timeslot at alt-rock pioneers the Replacements.

One addition to the schedule is R&B artist Jhené Aiko, who will play weekend one only, presumably to balance the schedule against weekend two which features the only appearance from New Zealand pop sensation Lorde.

The full schedule is available on the fest’s mobile app. Single-day tickets for Friday and Sunday of both weekends are still available.

Author: Deborah Sengupta Stith

Deborah Sengupta Stith has been hanging out in dimly lit corners of the city soaking in the music scene for almost 20 years. Twitter: @deborific

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