Season 43 of “Austin City Limits” just got a lot hotter. The long-running music television program has announced tapings by young pop superstar Ed Sheeran on Aug. 20, indie-rock sensation Father John Misty on Aug. 22 and jazz icon Herbie Hancock on Oct. 12.
Tickets for the tapings, held at ACL Live, will be given away via the program’s website about a week before each show, with giveaway announcements and updates provided on the show’s social media pages.
It’s a return “ACL” appearance for Sheeran, who first taped the show in June 2014. Since then, the 26-year-old English phenom won his first two Grammys (both for the song “Thinking Out Loud”). In March, he release his third straight platinum-selling album, “÷” (which followed “+” and “-“). Sheeran is playing mid-August ticketed shows in San Antonio, Dallas and Houston, but not Austin, on his current tour.
Father John Misty is working his “Austin City Limits” debut into his tour schedule well before he plays two shows at Bass Concert Hall on Sept. 29 and Oct. 2. The Sub Pop recording artist, who’d previously performed under the name J. Tillman released his third album as Father John Misty, “Pure Comedy,” in April. His shows at the 2015 Austin City Limits Music Festival were among that year’s highlights of the fest.
Hancock, 77, is a living legend of jazz who played with Miles Davis in the 1960s before launching a solo career that has included dozens of albums and earned him 14 Grammy Awards (the latest in 2011 for a collaborative version of John Lennon’s “Imagine” that included Pink, Seal, Jeff Beck and others). He’s never appeared on “Austin City Limits” before. The timing of the taping is curious: It’s a night before Hancock performs in Dallas, but it’s also between the two weekends of ACL Fest, which suggests the festival could have booked him but didn’t.