FESTIVALS

ACL Fest 2021

PHOTOS: ACL Music Festival 2021: Sunday, Second Weekend
Photos by Gary Miller, and Jana Birchum

Mon., Oct. 11, 2021

Trixie Mattel Makes ACL Fest “Scream Like Teenage Bisexuals”
Trixie Mattel Makes “Scream Like Teenage Bisexuals”
RuPaul’s Drag Race all-star sings, strums, and throws breast pads

Oct. 11, 2021

Jon Batiste Closes Down ACL Fest with Musically Elastic, Spiritually Ecstatic Revue
Jon Batiste Closes Down with Musically Elastic, Spiritually Ecstatic Revue
A vibrant soundtrack to life coming back

Oct. 11, 2021

PHOTOS: ACL Music Festival 2021: Saturday, Second Weekend
Photos by Gary Miller

Sun., Oct. 10, 2021

Frances Forever Gets the Wallflowers to Dance at ACL Fest
Frances Forever Gets the Wallflowers to Dance at
TikTok's “Space Girl” breakout charms on their biggest stage yet

Oct. 10, 2021

Brené Brown Sits Down With <i>Ted Lasso</i> Star Brett Goldstein at ACL Festival
Brené Brown Sits Down With Ted Lasso Star Brett Goldstein at
TED Talk sage and Roy Fucking Kent tape Unlocking Us

Oct. 10, 2021

PHOTOS: ACL Music Festival 2021: Friday, Second Weekend
Photos by Gary Miller, and Jana Birchum

Sat., Oct. 9, 2021

Megan Thee Stallion Makes Everyone Feel Hot at ACL Festival Weekend Two
Megan Thee Stallion Makes Everyone Feel Hot at Weekend Two
Houston rapper reminds us that everything’s bigger in Texas

Oct. 9, 2021

The Teeta Optimizes His ACL Appearance With High-Energy Show
The Teeta Optimizes His ACL Appearance With High-Energy Show
Austin rap veteran rhymes and glides during energetic fest debut

Oct. 9, 2021

ACL Fest Review: LeAnn Rimes in Her Own Words
Review: LeAnn Rimes in Her Own Words
Country-pop figure reworks hits and reframes “blended families”

Oct. 9, 2021

Three Generations of Writers Reflect on ACL Fest 2021
Three Generations of Writers Reflect on 2021
Personal journals from a plague-era festival

Oct. 7, 2021

Ten Things That Defined ACL Fest's First Weekend
Ten Things That Defined 's First Weekend
Abortion ban opposition, a weather delay, and the unforgettable performances

Oct. 7, 2021

ACL Fest Music Recommendations From Close to Home
Music Recommendations From Close to Home
Fresh sounds that emanate from the Lone Star State

Oct. 7, 2021

ACL Interview: The Broad, Brilliant, Beautiful Musical Universe of Jon Batiste
ACL Interview: The Broad, Brilliant, Beautiful Musical Universe of Jon Batiste
"We take you on a journey through Black American music history, ragtime to trap."

Oct. 7, 2021

Tyler, the Creator Answers ACL’s Call
Tyler, the Creator Answers ACL’s Call
Hip-hop great delivers a solid, if anticlimactic, performance

Oct. 4, 2021

Loop Artist Marc Rebillet Welcomes ACL to His How-to-Get-the-Fuck-Down Seminar
Loop Artist Marc Rebillet Welcomes ACL to His How-to-Get-the-Fuck-Down Seminar
Crowd surfing, Champagne-spraying, robe-wearing energy

Oct. 4, 2021

PHOTOS: ACL Music Festival 2021: Sunday, First Weekend
Photos by David Brendan Hall, Gary Miller, and John Anderson

Mon., Oct. 4, 2021

ACL’s Hardest Decision: St. Vincent or Erykah Badu – Reviewed Side-by-Side
ACL’s Hardest Decision: St. Vincent or Erykah Badu – Reviewed Side-by-Side
A novel persona and a paragon of realness in clashing set times

Oct. 4, 2021

Polo G Lasts Just 25 Minutes at ACL Fest
Polo G Lasts Just 25 Minutes at
Short, disappointing, out-of-breath showing turns into Top 40 DJ set

Oct. 4, 2021

PHOTOS: ACL Music Festival 2021: Saturday, First Weekend
Photos by David Brendan Hall, Gary Miller, and John Anderson

Sun., Oct. 3, 2021

The Most Memorable Moments of Saturday’s ACL Fest
Saturday: Most Memorable Moments
Billie Eilish, Jack Harlow, Mongolian metal, Doja Cat, Dayglow, & more

Oct. 3, 2021

PHOTOS: ACL Music Festival 2021: Friday, First Weekend
Photos by David Brendan Hall, and Gary Miller

Sat., Oct. 2, 2021

The Most Memorable Moments of Friday’s ACL Fest
Friday: Most Memorable Moments
Megan, Miley, Maidza, and one really long line

Oct. 2, 2021

LISTEN: ACL Artists to Watch
LISTEN: ACL Artists to Watch
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Oct. 1, 2021

Showcasing New Persona, St. Vincent Astounds in Austin City Limits Taping
Showcasing New Persona, St. Vincent Astounds in Austin City Limits Taping
Daddy's home and ready to rock ACL Fest

Oct. 1, 2021

ACL Fest Opening Delayed Due to Overnight Weather
Opening Delayed Due to Overnight Weather
Gates pushed back to 3pm, schedule updates to come

Oct. 1, 2021

White Reaper's Hunter Thompson Discusses the Band's Evolution and His Guitar Nerd DNA
White Reaper's Hunter Thompson on His Guitar Nerd DNA
ACL Fest's a homecoming for the Austin-based guitarist

Oct. 1, 2021

"Why I'm Not Going to ACL" vs. "Why I Am Going to ACL"
"Why I'm Not Going to ACL" vs. "Why I Am Going to ACL"
Two music writers justify their stance on this weekend's fest

Sept. 30, 2021

Friday Headliner Face-Off: Miley Cyrus vs. George Strait
Friday Headliner Face-Off: Miley Cyrus vs. George Strait
"Amarillo by Morning" or "Midnight Sky"? Here's a guide to decide

Sept. 30, 2021

Yendry Talks Magic, Her Reading List, and Shining Light on Domestic Abuse in Latin Culture
Yendry Talks Magic
Dominican Italian singer brings diverse sound to ACL Fest on Saturday

Sept. 30, 2021

Disko Cowboy Discusses the Cross-Cultural Vision of Vinyl Ranch
Disko Cowboy Discusses the Cross-Cultural Vision of Vinyl Ranch
"It's kind of like a pop culture blender of analog culture and postmodern memes."

Sept. 30, 2021

ACL Fest Artist Spotlight: Claud
Artist Spotlight: Claud
Phoebe Bridgers-approved alternative indie-pop artist handles heavy topics

Sept. 30, 2021

ACL Fest Artist Spotlight: The Backseat Lovers
Artist Spotlight: The Backseat Lovers
Utah rock foursome spills suburban frustration seasoned with surf tones

Sept. 30, 2021

ACL Fest Artist Spotlight: Joy Oladokun
Artist Spotlight: Joy Oladokun
Folk/R&B/pop vocalist brings pain, social critiques, and – appropriately – joy

Sept. 30, 2021

ACL Fest Artist Spotlight: Dermot Kennedy
Artist Spotlight: Dermot Kennedy
Poetic dramatic pop songwriter with a grizzly voice

Sept. 30, 2021

ACL Fest Artist Spotlight: Katie Pruitt
Artist Spotlight: Katie Pruitt
Virtuosic vocalist steps to the fore of the next generation of Americana

Sept. 30, 2021

ACL Fest Artist Spotlight: AG Club
Artist Spotlight: AG Club
Avant-garde rap collective weaves witty songs with eye-catching visuals

Sept. 30, 2021

ACL Fest Artist Spotlight: Channel Tres
Artist Spotlight: Channel Tres
House music producer/vocalist has the power to make you move

Sept. 30, 2021

ACL Fest Music Recommendations From Close-to-Home
Music Recommendations From Close-to-Home
Fresh sounds that emanate from the Lone Star State

Sept. 30, 2021

Artists Guaranteed to Turn Heads at ACL Fest
ACL Artists Guaranteed to Turn Heads
Six unique acts that'll blow your mind before the sun sets at the festival

Sept. 30, 2021

What to Know Heading Into ACL Fest
What to Know Heading Into the Fest
Forecast calls for vaccine cards, clear bags, mask areas, and rain

Sept. 30, 2021

ACL Food by the Numbers
ACL Food by the Numbers
ACL Eats dishes out 200 gallons of wing sauce, 1.25 tons of queso, and one Tater Tots-serving notary public

Sept. 30, 2021

No, Vaccinated People Will Not Need a Negative COVID-19 Test to Attend ACL Fest
No, Vaccinated People Will Not Need a Negative COVID-19 Test to Attend
Dispelling rumors, the fest updated safety requirements this morning

Sept. 21, 2021

ACL Festival To Require COVID Vaccination Card or Negative Test
To Require COVID Vaccination Card or Negative Test
C3 Presents roll out new safety requirements for October event

Aug. 19, 2021

ACL Fest Drops Sunday Headliner DaBaby Following Homophobic Comments
Drops Sunday Headliner DaBaby Following Homophobic Comments
October festival promises “lineup update coming soon”

Aug. 3, 2021

George Strait, Erykah Badu, Billie Eilish, and Black Pumas Highlight an ACL Fest Heavy on Texas Talent
George Strait, Erykah Badu, Black Pumas Top an Heavy on Texas Talent
Miley Cyrus, Megan Thee Stallion, Stevie Nicks & Dababy also top lineup

May 20, 2021

Previous ACL Fest coverage:
2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013

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