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Austin City Limits Festival 2012

Austin City Limits Festival 2012

Music festivals date back to Ancient Greece. Since as early as the 6th century B.C., people have congregated all over the globe to listen to the best artists of the day, and the practice has only become more popular in modern times.

Just think about all the legends of music festival history: the Libertines reuniting at the Reading Music Festival, Iggy Pop dancing onstage with fans at Lollapalooza, and the legendary Sunday at Monterey Pop when Jimi Hendrix lit his guitar on fire during “Wild Thing.” Austin City Limits is among these acclaimed festivals and is sure claim a stake in music legend year after year.

Austin City Limits Music Festival

The three day Texas fest began in 2002 and has taken place at Austin’s Zilker Park every year since. The gathering draws people from all over the country and consistently puts on the absolute best acts of the time. The very first two-day festival in the fall of 2002 was inaugurated by such great acts as Emmylou Harris, Wilco, and The Derailers. The festival’s popularity has only escalated since.

Artists from every genre have played ACM, spanning from the melancholy tunes of Bright Eyes to the sloppy, bluesy hip-hop of G. Love & Special Sauce, to the headlining performances of Stevie Wonder, Coldplay, and Arcade Fire just last year. In the mild October weather, the brightest and finest stars of 2012’s music scene will carry on the tradition of wowing fans for three solid days.

This Year's Lineup

Just last week, the ACM organizers released the much-anticipated list of performers for 2012 to boisterous approval. The lineup will include big label acts like Gotye, The Shins, Rufus Wainwright, Weezer, Esperanza Spalding, and a whole host of others, with appearances from chart-climbing, soon-to-be-huge-stars, like Father John Misty, Royal Teeth, Dry the River, and He’s My Brother, She’s My Sister. A total of 125 acts will take the festival’s eight stages and play for the 70,000+ fans who are expected to attend.

This year’s headlining acts are quickly drawing attention. Concluding the first night on Friday, October 12th will be The Black Keys, stopping by before the Australia leg of their El Camino world tour. Fresh off the release of his solo debut, Jack White will be hitting Austin City Limits for an hour and a half set on Saturday night. He will play on the AMD stage, while Neil Young and Crazy Horse play their two-hour set on the Bud Light stage.

Sunday night will see synchronized sets from The Avett Brothers and Iggy & The Stooges. The festivities will come to their peak with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, fresh off the plane from Europe and the Middle East, who will end the weekend with its longest and possibly rockingest set.

Needless to say, the weekend of October 12-14 in Austin looks like any music lover’s dream come true, with eight stages, 70,000 people, food, art, and a whole lotta music. These acts are absolutely not to be missed! Find concert tickets for these and hundreds of other shows at ConcertTickets.com. Go forth and rock – thank us later.

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