UPDATE: 4.25.17: We’re not saying Paul McCartney is playing Austin City Limits Fest.
If the former Beatle was to play Zilker Park it would be a tremendous “get” for the fest. We are not saying that is happening. But it is our duty to inform you that Sir Paul just announced a string of U.S. arena tour dates that end on October 1. The first weekend of ACL Fest kicks off on Oct. 6.
Also, the press release for the tour mentions that Macca’s Chicago show will be his “first appearance in the region “since his now-legendary 2015 Lollapalooza headline.” Lollapalooza is produced by C3 Presents, the company that also produces ACL Fest. Again, we’re not making promises, but there’s that.
UPDATE: 4.18.17: Damon Albarn and Jamie Hawlett’s cartoon rap project Gorillaz has a new album “Humanz” due out on April 28 with a star-studded list of contributors including Mavis Staples, Grace Jones, Carly Simon, De La Soul and Danny Brown. Yesterday the group announced a slew of dates for their next North American run which will include Albarn and a band of “flesh and blood musicians” alongside Hawlett’s illustrations.
There’s a break in the tour between October 5-11, which would leave the band free to play the first weekend of Austin City Limits Festival which takes place from Oct. 6-8. There is a hitch though. The tour schedule has the band in Miami on Oct. 13-15 for the III Points Festival. If they are actually playing all three days, that would mean they are out for weekend two of ACL Fest which takes place on those same dates.
It doesn’t seem likely that the band will play III Points more than one day and even if they did, it wouldn’t necessarily put them out for the fest as a whole. There is a possibility the band might be able to fly in play a set and fly out again, or the festival might swap headliners from one weekend to the next, like they did in 2015, when the Strokes closed weekend one and Florence and the Machine closed weekend two.
Another band that seems likely to make an appearance on the lineup is Foster the People. A few weeks back, the band announced a run of tour dates that take them through Texas, with May stops in El Paso, Dallas. But they skip up to Tulsa, missing our part of the state. Their tour cuts off in early August with stops at Lollapalooza in Chicago and OSHEAGA in Montreal.
ORIGINAL POST: 3.22.17:
The 2017 Austin City Limits Festival roster won’t be out til May, but with the lineup for Lollapalooza out today, we’re getting a sense of which acts are working the mega-fest circuit this year. As local production house C3 Presents produces both the massive music fest that takes over Grant Park in Chicago for four days in August and ACL Fest, the Lollapalooza lineup, gives us solid grounds to speculate which artists might make an appearance in Austin this fall.
Let’s start with the headliners. The top billed artists for Lollapalooza are Chance the Rapper, the Killers, Muse, Arcade Fire, the XX, Lorde and Blink-182. The longshots? Chance played ACL recently, in 2015. He’s also headlining Scoremore’s JMBLYA in May. Muse, a band that’s put in more than one spectacular headline set, plays the Austin360 Amphitheater in June and wraps their North American tour in September. Blink-182 plays the amphitheater tonight and there are still tickets available.
Lorde, whose fans swamped the field for a side stage set a couple years back, will almost surely return this year to become the fest’s youngest headliner. The Killers and Arcade Fire have not yet released North American tour dates for this year, but both acts seem likely to appear on the ACL lineup. The XX has a pair of Austin shows (promoted by C3) in May, but as they sold out in under five minutes, we wouldn’t be surprised to see them reappear at ACL Fest.
Other big names that might appear? Ryan Adams, who last week, canceled a South by Southwest appearance due to illness and doesn’t have an Austin date on his current tour seems like a good bet, as does rapper Big Sean, who didn’t make an appearance at SXSW, despite staging his tour kickoff in Houston on March 17. Glass Animals, who played the fest in 2015 and have a sold out Stubb’s show on the books next month, seem like a good possibility. Austin’s fave indie rock outfit Spoon, who dominated SXSW last week is also a solid bet.
A few other SXSW artists likely to return for ACL Fest? British psych-pop outfit Temples, Chicago rapper Noname, indie rock band Japanese House, Janelle Monae’s protege Jidenna, and our friend Chad’s favorite rapper Lil Yachty. Also Grulke Prize winners, Jain and the Lemon Twigs.
A few other artists we hope to see? Dreamy indie pop band London Grammar, slick dance mix master Kaytranada and Drake’s chilly R&B compadres Majid Jordan.