With just over a month to go ’til the first band hits the stage at Austin City Limits Festival, the only tickets that remain for the festival proper, set to go down Sept. 30-Oct. 2 and Oct. 7-9 at Zilker Park, are single-day tickets for both Sundays and high dollar V.I.P. passes. The good news for music fans who decided not to shell out for a full festival pass? A host of ACL artists will be appearing at official late night shows. The bad news? They might not be the artists you were hoping for.
Unsurprisingly, other than a Friday night appearance from the Major Lazer Sound System at Emo’s (Sept. 30), no headliners are playing night shows. There are, however, several high-profile acts, including local faves Blue October who hold down the Thursday night kick off show at Stubb’s BBQ, French dream pop outfit M83 (Oct. 1, ACL Live), the Cold War Kids (Oct. 4, Emo’s) and teen faves the Chainsmokers (Oct. 1, Emo’s).
Other notables appearing on the big stage at Stubb’s include poignant singer-songwriter Andrew Bird (Sept. 30), red hot folk ‘n’ soul outfit Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats (Oct. 1), sister act Haim, who play the annual Waller Creek Conservancy Benefit (Oct. 5), low country rock band Band of Horses (Oct. 6) and L.L. Cool J. who is joined by DJ Z-Trip and the reigning queen of Minneapolis indie rap, Lizzo (Oct. 8).
Of the smaller shows, Scottish rockers Frightened Rabbit (Sept. 29, Scoot Inn), rapidly rising R&B talent Gallant at the Parish (Oct. 7) and Banks & Steelz, a new collaborative project between Interpol frontman Paul Banks and Wu-Tang emcee RZA (Oct. 7, Antone’s) all look very promising.
Sadly, the late night shows we were hoping for from Chris Stapleton, Kacey Musgraves, Anderson.Paak, Corinne Bailey Rae, Bombino and Andra Day are not happening.
Tickets to all shows are on sale Friday at 10 a.m.
9/29 Blue October @ Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater
9/29 Frightened Rabbit w/ Julien Baker @ Scoot Inn
9/29 TroyBoi @ Vulcan (18+)
9/30 Andrew Bird w/ Sinkane and Lucy Dacus @ Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater
9/30 Major Lazer Sound System @ Emo’s Austin (18+)
9/30 Tourist @ The Parish
9/30 New Madrid @ Stubb’s Indoors
10/1 M83 w/ Tennyson @ ACL Live
10/1 Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats w/ C.W. Stoneking @ Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater
10/1 The Chainsmokers @ Emo’s Austin (18+)
10/1 Caveman w/ Cheerleader @ Antone’s (18+)
10/1 The Shelters @ Stubb’s Indoors
10/2 Gospel Brunch: The Bells Of Joy @ Stubb’s Indoors (10:30 AM)
10/4 Cold War Kids w/ Prinze George @ Emo’s Austin
10/5 Waller Creek Conservancy Benefit feat. HAIM @ Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater
10/5 The Naked and Famous @ Scoot Inn
10/6 Band of Horses w/ The Wild Feathers @ Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater
10/6 Saint Motel w/ JR JR and Weathers@ Emo’s Austin
10/6 Kevin Devine & The Goddamn Band @ Stubb’s Indoors
10/7 Two Door Cinema Club w/ Jack Garratt @ Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater
10/7 Nothing But Thieves and The Struts w/ The Wrecks @ Emo’s Austin
10/7 SNBRN B2B Dr. Fresch @ Vulcan (18+)
10/7 Gallant w/ RKCB @ The Parish
10/7 Banks & Steelz w/ Magna Carda @ Antone’s (18+)
10/7 Grace Mitchell @ Stubb’s Indoors
10/8 LL Cool J feat. DJ Z-Trip w/ Lizzo @ Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater
10/8 Bob Moses w/ Weval @ Vulcan (18+)
10/8 Red Bull Sound Select Presents: Tory Lanez w/ Mick Jenkins and Smino @ Empire (18+)
10/8 Oh Wonder w/ Kevin Garrett @ The Parish
10/8 Brett Dennen w/ Zach Torres @ Antone’s (18+)
10/8 The James Hunter Six w/ Los Coast @ Continental Club (21+)
10/8 Amasa Hines @ Lamberts (21+)
10/9 Porter Robinson & Madeon (DJ Set) @ Emo’s Austin (18+)