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The Austin City Limits (ACL) Music Festival is an annual music festival held in Zilker Park in Austin, Texas on two consecutive three-day weekends. Inspired by the KLRU/PBS music series of the same name, the festival is produced by Austin-based company C3 Presents, which also produces Lollapalooza. The reputation of the ACL television show helped contribute to the success of the first festival.
The ACL Music Festival has eight stages where musical groups from genres including rock, indie, country, folk, electronic and hip hop perform for fans. Approximately 450,000 people attend the festival each year. In addition to the music performances, there are food and drinks, an art market, a kids area for families, and other activities for attendees.
Founded in 2002, the festival began as a one-weekend event and remained as such through the 2012 date. On August 16, 2012, Austin City Council members voted unanimously to allow the Austin City Limits Music Festival to expand to two consecutive weekends beginning in 2013. […]
From Austin360, October 5, 2018:
“It sounds like the whole world’s singing,” Paul McCartney beamed as tens of thousands of Beatles fans sang along to “Hey Jude” near the end of a long and winding road at the Austin City Limits Music Festival on Friday night in Zilker Park.
For a couple of hours, Sir Paul made it feel like everyone was together. A massive crowd started gathering at the American Express stage on the east side of the park about an hour before McCartney and his band went on at 7:45 p.m., and very few people left until the final note of the “Abbey Road” side two suite rang out just past 10 p.m.
[…] At 76, Sir Paul sometimes strains to hit the high notes, and he punctuates each song with a ginger little jig befitting someone his age. McCartney has loved music the way the 18th-century classical masters did, and he’s left us with that level of legacy. If he’s a little tired, he has a right to be.
He has nothing left to prove. He’s doing this for us now. Friday night, a park full of ACL Fest faithful accepted that gift, smiling and singing along. It’s a moment we’ll not forget.
And it all goes down again next Friday.
Last updated on January 2, 2019
Setlist for the concert