ACL Fest: Lil Wayne added to Saturday of weekend two

Following the cancellation Sunday headliner Childish Gambino, Austin City Limits Festival organizers added a couple new artists to the lineup as consolation prizes on Thursday.

Hip-hop superstar Lil Wayne at the Austin360 Amphitheater in 2013. Tammy Perez/For American-Statesman.

Lil Wayne will join the festival roster on Saturday of weekend two with a 7 p.m. slot on the Homeaway stage.  Earlier in the day, festival organizers added French pop act Phoenix for the first Sunday of the festival.

Houston rapper Travis Scott has moved into the Sunday headline slot.

French band Phoenix added to ACL Fest first-weekend lineup

French band Phoenix at La Zona Rosa in 2009. The band has been added to this year’s first weekend of ACL Fest on Sunday, Oct. 7. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

French synth-pop band Phoenix has been added to the Sunday lineup for the first weekend of the Austin City Limits Music Festival, the fest announced Thursday afternoon via social media.

The addition comes in the wake of headliner Childish Gambino’s cancellation of his Sunday shows on both weekends of the festival, in the wake of an injury suffered at a show in Dallas earlier this week.

RELATED: Childish Gambino cancels ACL Fest appearance

Phoenix already was booked for two sold-out shows next week at Stubb’s on Oct. 3-4. They’ll return for the Oct. 7 fest appearance after Oct. 5-6 dates in Dallas and Memphis.

The band last played ACL Fest in 2013. They also did a surprise show at Anderson High School that year. They haven’t played in Austin since those shows.  The band released a new album, “Ti Amo,” last year.

READ MORE: Review of Phoenix at ACL Fest 2013

ACL Fest: 3-day passes for both weekends are now sold out

Austin City Limits Festival kicks off in less than two weeks and if you were holding out for a last-minute cheap wristband, we’re sorry to be the bearers of bad news. Three-day passes to both weekends of the festival are now sold out.

A fan cheers during a performance by Angel Olsen on the second weekend of the Austin City Limits Festival Oct. 14. Tom McCarthy Jr. for AMERICAN-STATESMAN

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There are still tickets available to Friday (Oct. 12) and Sunday (Oct. 14) of the second weekend.

More information.

UPDATE: Childish Gambino cancels ACL Fest appearance

UPDATE: Childish Gambino has canceled his appearance at Austin City Limits festival. Festival organizers have moved the electronic music duo Justice into the headline set for each Saturday of the festival and Houston rapper Travis Scott will take Gambino’s spot on the big stage on Sunday.

Festival organizers say fest-goers who bought a ticket for Saturday of weekend two, when Scott was originally scheduled to perform can exchange their ticket at no charge for a Weekend two Sunday ticket by contacting Front Gate Tickets. Exchanges must be requested by Tuesday, October 2 at 11:59 p.m.

UPDATE 9.26.18:  Following the postponement of Childish Gambino’s show in Los Angeles last night, Fam Rothstein, who Pitchfork identifies as “a co-principal of the creative agency Wolf + Rothstein (which is comprised of himself, Glover, and Wolf Taylor)” has announced that Donald Glover “has to sit some dates out” on the “This Is America” tour.  It is unclear how many dates the artist a.k.a. Donald Glover will miss. We have reached out to Austin City Limits Festival organizers to see if his headline sets at the festival on Oct. 7 and Oct. 14 will be affected.

UPDATE 9.25.18: Two days after Childish Gambino reportedly cut his Dallas show short because of an injury, he has canceled the next date on his “This Is America” tour, a Tuesday night appearance at the Forum in Los Angeles.

The Los Angeles Times reports that promoter Live Nation said the show would be rescheduled for a later date. Gambino, a.k.a. the actor Donald Glover, is scheduled to play a second Los Angeles show on Oct. 3, but the Times reports that a representative from the venue had no new information about that show.

On Tuesday morning, representatives from Austin City Limits Festival had no information about whether the reported injury would affect Childish Gambino’s headlining sets at the festival on Oct. 7 and Oct. 14.

EARLIER: Childish Gambino’s “This is America” tour has been earning a slew of ecstatic reviews as it winds its way around the country.  The tour, which the artist a.k.a. Donald Glover says will be his last as Childish Gambino, gave Houston “all the feels” on Saturday, but at his Dallas show on Sunday, it hit a snag.

Childish Gambino performs at the Honda stage on the first night of ACL on Friday, Oct. 3, 2014. (RICARDO B. BRAZZIELL / AMERICAN- STATESMAN)

Shortly after the show concluded, reports began to circulate on social media that Glover had ended the set early, skipping an encore that included crowd-essentials “Redbone” and “3005” that he’s been playing at other dates on the tour. On a Reddit thread about the show, Dallas fans speculated that Glover had injured his foot.

RELATED: Weekend one, both Saturday of ACL Fest are sold out

On Monday, TMZ reported that an official at the American Airlines Center said after the show that Glover had broken his foot.  Several concert-goers told TMZ Glover “misstepped during a dance move.” TMZ also reports that Glover “arrived to his set in a wheelchair and leg brace,” for a Vegas concert on Friday night.

Childish Gambino is scheduled to headline Austin City Limits Festival on Oct. 7 and 14.

On Monday afternoon, representatives from the festival said they had no information about whether Glover has an injury that could affect his appearance at the festival.

Maybe I’m amazed at this Barton Hills Choir ‘Abbey Road’ video

It’s still two weeks before Paul McCartney arrives in town for the first of two concerts in Zilker Park as part of the Austin City Limits Music Festival, but the Barton Hills Choir is ready: They’ll be tackling the ambitious side two medley of the Beatles’ “Abbey Road” as part of their annual performances on the festival’s Austin Kiddie Limits stage.

The video above features a run through the suite of songs that many consider to be McCartney’s masterwork as an artist. The choir’s vocalists get support from teacher/ringleader Gavin Tabone plus band members Andy Harn, Don Cento and Jake Perlman.

Nakia teams up with the Barton Hills Choir at the 2016 Austin City Limits Music Festival in Zilker Park. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

The choir, featuring students from Barton Hills Elementary School, has been a hit at past fests, often tailoring its repertoire to well-known artists performing at the event. Tabone says focusing on McCartney this year was an easy call: “I’ve been playing and listening to that since I was a child, so it makes me very happy to share my love of that amazing work with my kids.”

They’ll also be working in something by David Byrne, who’s performing both weekends at the festival in addition to an Oct. 10 show at Bass Concert Hall. Set times for the two Barton Hills Choir performances at ACL Fest are 12:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, and 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13.

Related: Barton Hills Choir with Charlie Sexton at ACL Fest 2017

ACL Fest: Weekend one, both Saturdays of the fest are sold out

All three-day passes and single-day tickets for weekend one (Oct. 5-7) of Austin City Limits Festival are now sold out.

An adoring crowd cheers Willie Nelson’s performance at The Austin City Limits Music Festival 2016. (Tamir Kalifa for American-Statesman)

Friday and Sunday have been sold out for a while, but we’re guessing the slew of ecstatic reviews from Sunday headliner, Childish Gambino’s “This Is America” tour, which hit Madison Square Garden last weekend, pushed the needle on the final day of weekend one.

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Saturday tickets for weekend two of the festival (Oct. 12-14) are also sold out. Three-day passes and Friday and Sunday tickets for weekend two are still available.

More information.

ACL Fest adds food court; bans bags with multiple pockets

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If you’re going to Austin City Limits Festival this year, it should be easier to get your grub on. The festival has expanded the food trailer offerings near the Barton Springs stage on the north side of the park to create a second food court. New trailers in that area include Burro Grilled Cheese, Tino’s Greek Cafe and Good Pop.

TINA PHAN/AMERICAN-STATESMAN. 10/3/14. Festival attendees line up at over 20 food vendors at Austin Eats food court during ACL Fest 2014.

The festival has also updated their bag policy to ban bags with more than one pocket. Here’s the official description of acceptable bags:

Bags will be restricted to small purses, totes and drawstring bags only. Bag size may not exceed 14” x 11” x 5” (35cm x 28cm x 12cm), or 30 linear inches (75cm) in total, and must have no more than one singular pocket or opening. Backpacks and bags with multiple pockets are prohibited.

And here’s a diagram:

The festival has also improved their wine bar and added a viewing deck option at the American Express stage for fest-goers who opt for a VIP ticket.

RELATED: The ACL Fest schedule is out. These are the toughest conflicts

ACL Fest takes place Oct. 5-7 and 12-14 at Zilker Park. Three-day passes, Friday passes and Saturday passes for weekend one are sold out. Three-day passes and single-day tickets to all days of weekend two are still available. More info. 



Khalid, Janelle Monae, Residente, Arctic Monkeys to tape ‘Austin City Limits’ episodes

As they have in past years, a handful of prominent artists playing Austin City Limits the festival will also make appearances on the fest’s namesake television show.

Khalid performs at Trinity Warehouse at SXSW on Thursday March 15, 2018. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Pop star Khalid, Puerto Rican rap sensation Residente, dance pop standout Janelle Monae and British rockers Arctic Monkeys will all do ‘ACL’ tapings during ACL Fest. Here’s the schedule:

Oct. 3: Khalid

Oct. 7: Residente

Oct. 8: Janelle Monae

Oct. 13: Arctic Monkeys

Tickets to the tapings are free and will be distributed via a public lottery in advance of the shows. The signup generally goes out a week before each show. Follow “Austin City Limits” on Facebook or Twitter to get notice of postings.

ACL Fest: Cheap weekend two passes on the official exchange; Student tickets coming soon

Want to go to Austin City Limits Festival, but can’t stomach the $255 ticket price for a three-day pass?

The crowd cheers as The Bishops performs on the Tito’s Handmade Vodka Stage during weekend two of the Austin City Limits Music Festival at Zilker Park in Austin, Texas, on Friday, Oct. 13, 2017. TINA PHAN / FOR AMERICAN-STATESMAN

The festival has added a link to the official festival ticket exchange off the ticket page on their website and on Thursday afternoon we spotted verified three-day passes for weekend two, Oct. 12-14, going for as low as $119. Weekend two of the festival is not sold out.

Screenshot from the ACL Fest website on Thursday, Sept. 6.

RELATED: ACL Fest releases daily schedules

Weekend one, Oct. 5-7, is sold out. Consequently, those ticket prices are much higher on the official exchange. On Thursday afternoon, the cheapest three-day passes we saw for weekend one were $280. Friday and Saturday of weekend one are also sold out. The cheapest tickets we saw for Friday, Oct. 5, Sir Paul McCartney’s first headline night, were $145. Saturday, Oct. 6 was the first day of the festival to sell out this year and verified resale tickets for that day started at $124.

The student tickets sale offers another option for students hunting for a discounted rate for either weekend of the festival. The festival will release $230 three-day passes for both weekends of the festival on Sept. 14 at noon.  Student tickets must be purchased with a valid .edu or .mil email address.

ACL Fest late show roster includes Sylvan Esso, Odesza, St. Vincent, the National

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If music in the park isn’t your thing, but you still want to get in on that Austin City Limits Festival action, then warm up those clicking fingers. ACL Fest just announced almost 40 late night shows.

Highlights include a series of Stubb’s shows with Sylvan Esso, the National and St. Vincent. The Red River amphitheater will also host a big electronic music bash featuring Odesza, Jai Wolf and Evan Giia. 

RELATED: How to hear ACL Fest artists without buying a ticket

The folks who started a Facebook group to protest ’90s singer, Lisa Loeb’s low billing on the festival lineup (she’s playing a kids set on the Austin Kiddie Limits stage) will be happy to discover that they can “Give Lisa Loeb the Crowd She Deserves” when she plays the Scoot Inn on Oct. 8 with Dizzy. Fellow ’90s rockers the Breeders will also play the Scoot, as will Canadian dream pop act Alvvays and indie rockers X Ambassadors.

The National performs at the Austin City Limits Music Festival at Zilker Park on Sunday October 6, 2013. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Emo’s also has a solid set of bookings that include Puerto Rican rapper Residente, British soul collective Jungle (with Rhye) and Manchester Orchestra. Meanwhile the Mohawk hosts Parquet Courts, Amen Dunes and Arizona. NYC-based rockers Big Thief will also play the Mohawk with local powerhouse, Sweet Spirit.

Finally, the best ACL late shows are often the small ones. We predict the Oct. 5 Antone’s show with Japanese Breakfast and Molly Burch will be one of the first to sell out.

C3 Concerts E-list subscribers will have an opportunity to buy tickets on Wednesday, August 22 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. In order to be eligible to receive presale passcodes, you must confirm subscription to the C3 Concerts E-List at by Tuesday, August 21 at 11:59 p.m.

Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, August 24 at 10 a.m. through

The Official 2018 ACL Fest Late Night Shows:

10/4      A R I Z O N A w/ slenderbodies @ Mohawk
10/4      Gang of Youths @ Antone’s (18+)
10/5      St. Vincent @ Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater
10/5      The Wombats w/ YUNGBLUD @ Emo’s Austin
10/5      Sofi Tukker w/ Ikebe Shakedown @ Scoot Inn
10/5      Gryffin (DJ Set) @ Vulcan Gas Company (18+)
10/5      Japanese Breakfast w/ Molly Burch @ Antone’s (18+)
10/5      FATAI @ Stubb’s Indoors
10/6      San Holo (DJ Set) + Friends @ Emo’s Austin (18+)
10/6      Amen Dunes @ Mohawk
10/6      X Ambassadors w/ Lewis Capaldi @ Scoot Inn
10/6      Shame w/ Naked Giants @ Barracuda (Outdoors)
10/6      Houndmouth w/ Neighbor Lady @ Antone’s (18+)
10/6      Kydd Jones @ Stubb’s Indoors
10/7      The Breeders @ Scoot Inn
^10/7    Gospel Brunch: Bells of Joy @ Stubb’s Indoors
10/8      Lisa Loeb w/ Dizzy @ Scoot Inn
10/9      Bishop Briggs w/ Donna Missal @ Emo’s Austin
*10/10  David Byrne w/ Topaz Jones @ Bass Concert Hall
10/1    Waller Creek Conservancy Benefit feat. Wild Child w/ Golden Dawn Arkestra @Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater
10/10    Residente @ Emo’s Austin
10/10    Alvvays w/ Caroline Says @ Scoot Inn
10/11    The National @ Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater
10/11    Jungle & Rhye @ Emo’s Austin
10/11    Big Thief w/ Sweet Spirit @ Mohawk
10/11    Sir Sly w/ VÉRITÉ @ Scoot Inn
10/11    Alice Merton w/ Sasha Sloan @ The Parish
10/11    Mt. Joy w/ Duncan Fellows @ Antone’s (18+)
10/11    Magic City Hippies @ Stubb’s Indoors
10/12    Sylvan Esso w/ Durand Jones & The Indications @ Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater
10/12    Illenium w/ Trivecta @ Emo’s Austin (18+)
10/12    Reignwolf @ Antone’s (18+)
10/13    ODESZA w/ Jai Wolf & EVAN GIIA @ Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater
10/13    Manchester Orchestra w/ Summer Salt @ Emo’s Austin
10/13    Parquet Courts w/ Sass @ Mohawk
10/13    Trampled By Turtles w/ Phil Cook @ Scoot Inn
10/13    Harry Paradise @ Stubb’s Indoors
10/14    Curtis Harding @ Antone’s
^10/14  Gospel Brunch: Ty Morris & H.O.W. @ Stubb’s Indoors

*Already on sale
^Reservations available by phone only through 512.480.8341