ACL boasts returning headliners

Thom Yorke
The last time Thom Yorke graced an Austin City Limits Music Festival stage was as the front man for Atoms for Peace in 2013. (Photo/Kristian Jaime)

As the 2016 Austin City Limits (ACL) Music Festival lineup was released, it was clear it was an homage to its recent history.

It features the return of Thom Yorke and his iconic band, Radiohead, to Zilker Park. This year’s acts also includes ACL alumni such as Kendrick Lamar, M83, HAIM, Local Natives and Die Antwoord to name a few.

HAIM makes its return to ACL 2016 on both weekends at Zilker Park. (Photo/Kristian Jaime)

The complete list also features more recording artists from the world of country such as the red-headed stranger himself, Willie Nelson. Chris Stapelton and Kacey Musgrave also infuse the yearly festival with a more Nashville feel.

Wrist bands for the first weekend of September 3-October 2 are already sold out,but tickets for the second weekend of October 7-9 are still available. LL Cool J, one of rap’s founding fathers returns to the stage after taking a hiatus from music to focus on an acting career.

Kendrick Lamar
Kendrick Lamar joins the list of artist returning to the Austin for ACL 2016. (Photo/Kristian Jaime)

Indie music purists will also be satiated with the likes of LCD Soundsystem, Major Lazer, Cage the Elephant, Miike Snow, the Naked and Famous, Awolnation and Conor Oberst among others.

For the first time in a festival’s history, a partnership with AT&T will present “The Road to ACL,” a documentary about the bands, fans and culture of the seminal event. Also for the first time is the announcement for the kickstarter for “A Song for You,” a film by Keith Maitland detailing the founding and evolution of the yearly tradition.

ACL 2016 also includes a sister city in Auckland, New Zealand as their festival, appropriately titled Auckland City Limits, recently announced its music lineup.

As Austin braces for the influx of music lovers, fans will also be looking forward to the full slate of after-hour shows across the city. While no official announcements have been made, veterans of the yearly trek to Zilker Park know the music will not stop with the last note of the main headliner.

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