Now you can really kick your Austin City Limits Music Festival planning into high gear – timeslots for each day of the festival were released on Thursday.
ACL Fest runs October 7-9 and October 14-16 at Zilker Park. The Chicks will have two hours on Friday for both weekends, and P!nk will have 90 minutes on Saturday for both weekends. The Red Hot Chili Peppers will close both Sundays of the festival with two-hour sets. These three groups will play on the main stage of American Express.
On the Honda Stage through Zilker Park, SZA takes the lead on Friday, followed by Flume on Saturday and Kacey Musgraves on Sunday.
Friday Breakdown has a clear choose-your-own-adventure feel. Starting at 4 p.m., there’s a great run of vibrant R&B and soulful pop kicking off with “Heaux Tales” author Jazmine Sullivan on the Honda Stage, followed by British pop artist Arlo Parks on the Miller Stage. Adjacent Lite at 5 p.m., James Blake on the Honda Stage at 6 p.m. and Omar Apollo on the Miller Lite Stage at 7 p.m. before SZA’s closing set at 8 p.m.
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Those of us who bemoaned a dearth of hip-hop artists in this year’s lineup are glad to see OutKast emcee Big Boi has been added to the lineup. We are less happy to see that his 6:15 p.m. set on Saturday (Weekend 1) on the Honda stage confronts him with Lil Nas X, one of the rare big hip-hop groups already on the bill, on the American Express Stage. On Weekend 2, the “Industry Baby” star takes on emo band Death Cab For Cutie instead.
Festival-goers who prefer a bit of twang to their ACL experience can head across the park for a block of Friday night roots music that includes Zach Bryan on the American Express stage at 4 p.m., followed by Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweatshirts. at 6 p.m. on this stage and Billy Strings on the T-Mobile stage at 7 p.m., before the Chicks take us home on the big stage at 8 p.m.
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This year’s dance music offerings are lighter than some recent years, but bass-heavy fans will likely appreciate the Diplo-to-Flume block on the Miller Lite and Honda stages on Saturday night. The Other Side of the Park features indie rockers War on Drugs on the T-Mobile stage at 7 p.m., between Lil Nas X and Pink on the main stage.
Sunday’s offerings seem less gated by genre, though we suspect there will be little to no overlap between fans of 90s bro-rockers Red Hot Chili Peppers and folks who love Kacey Musgraves’ expressive songwriting. .
Three-day festival tickets are technically sold out, but check out the verified resale marketplace ACL Fest, where you can get passes from $305. Single-day tickets for all days except Saturday of Weekend 1 are still available for $145.
The full 2022 program is available at aclfestival.com.