Posted: 8:37 a.m. Friday, Jan. 24, 2014
By By Pete Mongillo
The Cure, Depeche Mode, Thom Yorke’s Atoms for Peace, Lionel Richie, Kings of Leon and Muse are among the acts that will perform at this year’s Austin City Limits Music Festival. Festival organizers released the full lineup, and put three-day passes on sale, on Tuesday after a series of reveals that began Thursday with fake classified ads in the Austin Chronicle.
“For a little Fun. Call 555-ACL-FEST,” read one of the ads, announcing hugely popular pop act Fun. as one of the performers. The ad also included recently reunited True Believers, Shovels & Rope and Grouplove.
French pop act Phoenix, Queens of the Stone Age, Dawes, Divine Fits, White Denim, the Blind Boys of Alabama, Toro y Moi, Grimes, Tame Impala, Passion Pit and Jon Spencer Blues Explosion will also perform at the 12th edition of the annual fest, which will take place over two weekends — Oct. 4-6 and 11-13 — for the first time in its existence.
The lineup will remain mostly the same over the two weekends, though organizers C3 Presents previously said that some of the Austin-based bands will perform only once. Austin acts on the lineup include Dana Falconberry, Bobby Jealousy, Whiskey Shivers, Sons of Fathers, Not in The Face, Shinyribs, Shakey Graves and My Jerusalem.
While many of the acts will tour to nearby states in between the two fests, the repeat lineup suggests that at least some of the bands will remain and perhaps perform in Austin during the week.
The weekend band announcements are consistent with past years, when the fest has printed band names on scratch-off tickets, used a musical mashup and other methods to build excitement in advance of ticket sales. Other acts revealed over the weekend: California rock group Local Natives (who returned to South by Southwest this year in support of a new album), Portugal the Man, Smith Westerns, Neko Case, My Jerusalem, Haim and others, which were announced via coffee cup sleeves, beer koozies, cocktail napkins, snack bars, coasters and other items.
The biggest name revealed over the weekend —British rock act the Cure — came from Topo Chico bottle caps.
In addition to the move to two weekends, organizers will not sell one-day passes to the fest for the first time. The announcement was made via a post on the festival website: “Due to the demand for 3-Day Passes, and the increasing number of attendees that buy multiple single day tickets each year, single day tickets will no longer be available.”
Three-day passes will go on sale at 10 a.m. Tuesday at aclfestival.com. The cost is $225 a weekend.
One act on the lineup who has not been very active in recent years is neo-soul star D’Angelo, who first broke out in 1995 with the release of his album “Brown Sugar,” and returned to touring last year after a decade or so hiatus.
As in recent years, several bands on the lineup are making a repeat visit to ACL Fest, including Wilco, Local Natives and Muse, who headlined in 2007 after the White Stripes canceled.
See the full lineup after the jump.