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Austin’s yearly Austin City Limits festival recently announced its lineup and it is absolutely bursting with tons of incredible bands. After the past couple of years proved to be quick sell-outs, C3 (the Austin based booking agency behind Austin City Limits and Lollapalooza) decided to expand the festival over two weekends, in the same vein as Coachella.
Heading the lineup are two alternative rock legends: Depeche Mode and The Cure. While Depeche Mode are touring behind their latest album, Delta Machine, The Cure are simply making the rounds, having previously announced to be headlining festivals like Lollapalooza and Fuji Rock in Japan. Rounding up the top two lines are modern festival mainstays, Kings of Leon and Muse, along with Thom Yorke’s side-project Atoms for Peace and 80s legend Lionel Richie.
Despite the line-up being a bit top heavy, there are still some fantastic bands in the undercard. Arctic Monkeys, who will be fresh from headlining Glastonbury this June, will team up with their desert rock buddies Queens of the Stone Age, Tame Impala and The Black Angels will cover the modern psychedelics, and Vampire Weekend and Franz Ferdinand will surely inspire massive dance parties. Go a bit further down and you’ll find the legendary Shuggie Otis, post-punk newcomers Savages, the 80s pop loving Haim, neo-soul legend D’Angelo, and the lovely Neko Case.
The majority of the line-up will be the same over the two weekends, with the only exceptions being a handful of bands that are local to Austin. While the line-up doesn’t have everything (there have been some complaints about the lack of EDM), the diversity and depth of the it will surely appeal to most music fans. Weekend one tickets are already sold out, but you can still grab Weekend two tickets for a cool $225.