ACL Fest: Black Angels cancel late show at Emo’s due to medical emergency

Local psych rock outfit, the Black Angels canceled an official Austin City Limits Festival late show with Roky Erickson they were scheduled to play Thursday night due to a medical emergency. According to a statement posted at the club, “Everyone will be okay (sic) and the band expects to play their show as scheduled Saturday at ACL.”

According to the message, refunds will be applied to concert-goers accounts automatically within 72 hours.

The same statement was posted to the band’s Twitter account:

We have reached out to ACL Fest organizers for more details.

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ACL Fest: Be prepared for an airport-style search at the gate

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In the wake of the horrific mass shooting in Las Vegas on Sunday, Austin City Limits Festival organizers and Austin city officials have worked to reassure ACL Fest-goers that the fest will be secure.

RELATED: Refunds offered to fans who no longer want to attend after shootings

People sprint to the claim their favorite spot when the gates opened at the Austin City Limits Music Festival in Zilker Park on Friday Oct. 3, 2014. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN
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“As you can imagine, I’m not going to go into specifics of what you will see or what you will not see,” interim police chief Brian Manley told the Statesman on Monday. “We will have plenty of officers that will be visible, but we will also have plenty that will not be visible, strategically placed, that will only come out if necessary to address any specific incidents.”

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Festival organizers have added an additional safety section to their website.

“For the safety of everyone entering the festival, all fans are subject to a full and complete airport-style search prior to entry. This may include a full body pat-down and magnetometer screening before entry,” it says under the security section. All bags will also be searched upon entry and bag size this year has been restricted to compact 18L backpacks or bags that are roughly 10″ x 10″ x 10″. The festival recommends using drawstring bags like this one.

With the additional security measures, festival organizers are anticipating a slow down at the gate and recommend planning extra time to clear security. (If you can get away with not carrying a bag it will likely be smooth sailing through the no bag express lane.) To ensure a faster entry time, they also recommend avoiding the peak arrival times between 3 and 5 p.m.

Organizers are also asking fest-goers to look out for each other. “If someone around you looks like they need help, check in with them. If someone is getting unruly, alert the nearest staff member. Keep an eye on your belongings,” the safety section on the website reads. To be fully prepared for the worst they ask fest-goers, “have emergency contact info on your person and your phone lock screen in case emergency personnel need to know.” If you register your wristband, you can add an emergency contact.

Finally, the festival has published a map with information on emergency exits that would be used in the event of an evacuation. If the festival is forced to evacuate for weather or other reasons, fest-goers are encouraged to follow ACL Fest social media accounts and the official festival app to see if the park will reopen.


ACL Fest offering refunds to fans who don’t want to attend following Vegas shootings

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As of Tuesday morning, reps for Austin City Limits Festival said they have only received two inquiries about refunds from fest-goers who no longer want to attend the massive outdoor event in Zilker Park this weekend following the mass shooting at a country music festival in Las Vegas on Sunday. But the festival will offer refunds to any fans with concerns following the attack.  

Glow sticks fill the sky as LCD Soundsystem close their set with the song “All My Friends” 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

On Monday, Austin officials rushed to reassure the public that they are ready to protect the 75,000 people who will pack into Zilker Park each day.

RELATED: Be prepared for tighter security at ACL Fest

“As you can imagine, I’m not going to go into specifics of what you will see or what you will not see,” interim police chief Brian Manley told the Statesman. “We will have plenty of officers that will be visible, but we will also have plenty that will not be visible, strategically placed, that will only come out if necessary to address any specific incidents.”

In a statement Monday, fest organizers said they work with City of Austin safety officials on these issues year-round.

“Safety has always been our top priority,” fest organizers said. The statement also offered thoughts and prayers for Las Vegas.

Tighter security measures implemented this year include a ban on umbrellas and restricted bag size. Fest-goers should expect bag searches, pat-downs and metal detectors at the gate. E-cigs and air furniture have also been banned this year.

Ticket holders can reach out with their Front Gate Tickets order info via email or phone to begin the refund process. / 512.674.9300

Confirmed: Jay Z added to ACL Fest bill, after social media hints

Update: ACL Fest confirmed Thursday afternoon that Jay Z has in fact been added to the 2017 lineup.

The last time Hova came to Austin was during South by Southwest in 2014, when he played Austin Music Hall with Kanye West, revisiting 2011’s “Watch the Throne” tour. It was beautiful. It was epic. They defended the throne. Check out the review for a taste of what Jay may have in store for festival-goers in six months.

One question remains: Will the queen be joining us? Experts estimate Beyoncé and Jay Z’s twins are due sometime this summer. Could that mean the Carter family could hit the road to Austin together? After all, Solange is playing the fest, too.

Oh, and of course, people are freaking out about this news.

Earlier: OK, now the Austin City Limits Music Festival is just trolling us. Reports surfaced Thursday afternoon on Twitter that the festival’s app was sending out notifications reading, “Now, can I get an encore? Do you want more?” — a lyric from rapper Jay Z’s smash song “Encore.” Is he about to be added to the fest lineup announced this morning?

If it happens, it would be a notable boost to a lineup that seems to have so far received relatively lukewarm response on social media Thursday. (KGSR’s Andy Langer suggested the lack of major draws indicated ACL seemed to be taking a relatively passive “go for the festival, stay for the music” approach.)

On the other hand: While Jay Z is undeniably one of the biggest rap stars on the planet and a great performer with hits for days, it’s been years since he’s had a pivotal album. That said, when he announced his headline slot at his own festival, Made in America, fans began to speculate it meant a new record was coming.  Perhaps he has that answer album to Beyoncé’s “Lemonade” no one really asked for, or maybe something much better in the works.

Is Jay Z being added to the ACL Fest lineup? Stay tuned. JAY JANNER/AMERICAN-STATESMAN 2011

We’ll update if/when ACL Fest offers any confirmation about a Jay Z addition. In the meantime, check out our take on this morning’s announced lineup:

Chance the Rapper, Killers, Gorillaz, Red Hot Chili Peppers to play ACL Fest 2017

Chance the Rapper, Jay Z, Gorillaz, Red Hot Chili Peppers to play ACL Fest 2017


UPDATE, 4 p.m. Thursday, May 4: An ACL Fest publicist confirmed that rapper Jay Z has been added as a festival headliner, after hints surfaced on the fest’s app and social media.

The Austin City Limits Music Festival lineup is out, and the presence of hip-hop at the top is bigger than ever this year. Two of the six headliners on the bill come from the rap realm: positive preacher of the youth revolution Chance the Rapper, and Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett’s cartoon rap/rock crew Gorillaz. Rounding out the headliners are the Killers, 1990s rockers the Red Hot Chili Peppers, The XX and Martin Garrix.

PHOTOS: Artists playing ACL Fest 2017

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Overall, the top tier feels a bit anticlimactic. Chance has fantastic energy and is one of the greatest forces of good in music today, so there’s probably no such thing as too much of him — but it is a little odd that he’s playing another high-profile fest in Austin the same week that this lineup was announced.

» RELATED: Chance the Rapper to headline Scoremore’s Jmblya

The Chili Peppers, who last played ACL Fest in 2012, still clearly have a big draw, with spring and summer dates in arenas and at festivals including Bonnaroo, Milwaukee’s Summerfest and Lollapaloza Paris. But their record sales have dwindled to the point that their latest album, 2016’s “The Getaway,” didn’t go gold. ACL Fest’s bookers apparently didn’t have a problem with recent allegations of 1990s sexual harassment leveled against band members by a former employee of the group’s record label.

Old-school ACL-ers who wish the EDM kids would get off their Zilker lawn may be sorry to see Dutch DJ Garrix, who at age 20 calls himself EDM’s youngest superstar, so high on the bill. But fans of lush, textured electropop will be thrilled about the opportunity to see Brit band the XX, who sold out two nights at ACL Live in minutes earlier this year 

It’s no surprise to see Las Vegas rockers the Killers as a headliner. Previously announced for Lollapalooza (also booked by ACL Fest’s C3 Presents), the group has a big buzz building for a new album due out later this year. Also on the rock front, near the top of the bill, is Ryan Adams, who was booked for South by Southwest this year but canceled just an hour or two before his scheduled showtime because of illness.

MORE: Jay Z is coming to ACL Fest, and people are freaking out

Other hip-hop acts in this year’s ACL Fest spotlight include Ice Cube, who takes on the throwback role LL Cool J played last year (presumably with less roses), Solange (if not her sister Beyonce, to no one’s surprise), D.R.A.M. (fresh off prominent local appearances at Emo’s and during SXSW), and frequent Austin visitors Run the Jewels.

Among the acts designated only for Weekend One (Oct. 6-8) are Cut Copy, Superduper Kyle, Royal Blood and Alison Wonderland. Acts performing only on Weekend Two (Oct. 13-15) include Glass Animals, O.A.R., Getter and Eagles of Death Metal.

A few other highlights just below the headliners level:

  • Spoon. Just like in 2014, when Austin’s heavyweight-class indie-rockers released a new album and played ACL Fest, 2017 is shaping up the same way. “Hot Thoughts” came out in March, with a unique three-night residency celebration at South by Southwest. Their summer tour itinerary includes Lollapalooza in Chicago, but the group likely will get preferential stage treatment in their hometown.
  • First Aid Kit. The Swedish sister duo of Klara and Johanna Söderberg played ACL Fest in 2012 and followed with appearances at Fun Fun Fun Fest in 2014 and Stubb’s in 2015. They haven’t released an album since 2014’s “Stay Gold,” but they’ve been working with renowned producer Tucker Martine in Portland, Ore., on a new disc expected out before the fest.
  • The Head & the Heart. “Signs of Light,” the third Sub Pop Records release from the folk-rock sextet based in Seattle and Richmond, Va., came out last fall and further cemented the group as one of the top-drawing indie bands of its era. They’ll come to ACL Fest after summer appearances at Bonnaroo, the Newport Folk Festival and Lollapalooza, among other high-profile events. It’s unclear whether co-founder Josiah Johnson, who didn’t appear on the band’s fall dates after the new album was released, will be in the lineup for the fest. The group, which last played ACL Fest in 2014, will be in Austin later this month to tape their second episode of the “Austin City Limits” TV show.

Other locals beyond Spoon are psych-rockers the Black Angels, fresh off a new album released two weeks ago; electronica duo Missio, which played a sold-out show at the Parish Wednesday night in advance of its debut album “Loner” coming out May 19; roots-rockers the Band of Heathens, who returned with a new album this year after a spell working with ultraconservative musician Kid Rock; and of course western-swing kingpins Asleep at the Wheel, the only act to play all 15 previous ACL Fests.

Wheel leader Ray Benson’s duo with Dale Watson, Dale & Ray, got a spot as well. Also of note among Austin acts: Capyac, Paul Cauthen, Melat, Carson McHone, Mobley, Midland, Tomar & the FCs, the Wild Now, Annabelle Chairlegs, Rattletree and the Barton Hills Choir.

A handful of highlights a bit lower on the fest’s announcement poster: Americana performer Valerie June, who taped the “Austin City Limits” TV show a couple of years ago and played SXSW this year; indie singer-songwriter Angel Olsen, who’s scheduled to tape the show on July 25 after an eye-catching performance at the Mohawk in February; and fast-rising indie-rock duo Lemon Twigs, winners of this year’s Grulke Prize for Developing U.S. Act at SXSW.

And here are a few sleeper picks further down the undercard: Oklahoma roots-rock upstart Parker Millsap, whose “Austin City Limits” TV taping the day after the November 2016 election was among the highlights of the show’s 42nd season; African band Songhoy Blues, a favorite of both SXSW film and music audiences in 2015; and Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, led by one of Willie Nelson’s sons who has spent much of the past year touring as a member of Neil Young’s band.

A parting observation about the changing nature of the festival: The last time the Red Hot Chili Peppers played, in 2012, other names at the top of the bill included Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Jack White, the Black Keys, Florence + the Machine and Iggy & the Stooges.

ACL Fest 2017 takes place on October 6-8 and 13-15. Three-day passes to the festival, $255, go on sale at 10 a.m. Thursday at Daily schedules and single-day tickets will be released sometime this summer.