That ‘leaked ACL Fest lineup’ with Frank Ocean, Elton John, Gorillaz is a fake, organizers say

Olivia Stout holds up an American flag while her boyrfriend, Dylan Ionnotti, snaps a photo of Willie Nelson performing on the final day of the second weekend of the 2016 Austin City Limits Festival at Zilker Park Oct. 9. 10/09/16 Tom McCarthy Jr. for AMERICAN-STATESMAN

The Austin City Limits Festival lineup drops Thursday morning at 6 a.m. In past years, the festival has engaged in pre-announcement zany antics to reveal a few artists, so fans of the fest have their eyes glued to social media to see if anything will go down today.

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In a textbook case of “ask and the internet will provide,” a “leaked lineup” began circulating on the Twitters yesterday. It’s a screenshot of a document that looks like the ACL lineup poster with the word confidential overlaid. It places Frank Ocean, Gorillaz and Elton John in the top slots and includes a lot of heavy hitters down ticket.



Naturally, it’s been received with both breathless excitement and derision. Finally, one festival fan reached out to the festival’s official Twitter account to ask if it was real and received a beautifully dry-witted response, “this is a fake (and a design disaster).


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