Day 1 of Austin City Limits Music Festival on October 2, 2009. Full Moon over the Austin Skyline.

Five Artists Who Should Perform at ACL 2017

By Erin ODonnell

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Many Austinites are counting down the days to ACL Festival and are wishing for their favorite artist to perform. Sadly, the official ACL 2017 lineup will not be revealed until May. However, we can still speculate who will be performing at the iconic music festival.


By looking at the lineup for Lollapalooza, produced by C3 Presents, the same company that producers ACL, as well as past SXSW performers, we can get of sense of the artists who are likely to perform at Zilker Park come October.



ACL Lorde



With the release of her new album, Melodrama, coming out this summer. It would only make sense for Lorde to perform on the main stage at ACL this year.


If Lorde does end up playing on the main stage, she will be the youngest headliner at 20 years old. Already a veteran of the festival, Austin is more than happy to welcome her back with open arms.


Arcade Fire

Arcade Fire


The indie rock band is planning on releasing a new album out later this year. As well as appearing on the mainstage for Lollapalooza this year, the possibility of seeing this award-winning band seems highly likely.


The band has not release tour dates this year. It appears the group might consider adding another festival date to perform for their die hard fans, and ACL is the perfect opportunity for the band to do so.


The Gorillaz



The Gorillaz are back in full force, with the upcoming release of their first album in seven years. While hearing new music from the virtual band is exciting, being able to watch them perform live is even more astounding.


With a break in their tour set for October 5-11, I have a strong feeling The Gorillaz will play at least the first weekend of the festival.





If this native Austin band does not perform I am sure there would be riots and broken hearts.  The band already has a break in their tour schedule from October 6- 17, making it all the more likely the band will perform both Week 1 and Week 2 of the festival.


The band’s ninth album, Hot Thoughts, was released last month and it would only seem right for them to make a quick stop in their hometown to promote the record, as well relish in their status as Austin’s favorite indie band.


Tegan and Sara



Making the festival rounds this year, the Canadian indie pop duo Tegan and Sara are a shoe-in to perform at the festival. For these past ACL performers, coming back to Zilker Park seems like no issue.


While I do not believe they will be mainstage performers, I believe the band’s energetic performances will please their ever-growing fan base. Establishing the band as a force in the music industry.