Each year we write about new festivals and dying festivals, festivals expanding and festivals contracting. Some put together stellar lineups one year, only to not find a headliner the next and eventually flame out. For the unpredictable nature of the summer music festival, one things always remains true: the United States’ big four — Coachella, Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, and Austin City Limits — are always sure bets. Sure, some years we’ll bitch about Muse and Dave Matthews headlining, ask where is Radiohead, and question why $150,000 was spent on Lady Gaga’s stage and not some stellar mid-tier act. But at the end of the day the fact remains that these four majors usually live up to the hype and the money. After all, why else do we return year in and year out to speculate, wish, and bitch?
So with that in mind, we have to come to the fourth and final of the Big Four lineup announcements. For the ninth time, the Austin City Limits Music Festival will take over Texas’ capital for a weekend-long musical extravaganza. And just like in years past, this particular edition, which is set to take place from October 8-10 in Zilker Park, will feature a lineup as diverse as it is overwhelming large.
Legendary American rock band The Eagles, UK alternative outfit Muse, Sri Lankan hip-hop star M.I.A., Vermont jam band Phish, and New York indie rockers The Strokes will headline this year’s bill. Other heavy hitters include LCD Soundsystem, Spoon, Vampire Weekend, Sonic Youth, The Flaming Lips, Norah Jones, The National, Band of Horses, Monsters of Folk, Broken Bells, Yeasayer, The Black Keys, and Deadmau5.
On the indie front, the likes of Beach House, Matt & Kim, The Gaslight Anthem, The Temper Trap, The xx, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeroes, Local Natives, Devendra Bandhart, GAYNGS, The Mountain Goats, Cage the Elephant, Foals, Girls, The Morning Benders, Bear In Heaven, The Almighty Defenders, and The Soft Pack will perform.
Rounding out the lineup, we find Gogol Bordello, Pete Yorn, Robert Earl Keen, Blues Traveler, Ozomatli, Lucero, Ryan Bingham & The Dead Horses, Pat Green, Slightly Stoopid, The Sword, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, JJ Grey & Mofro, and Switchfoot.
A day-by-day listing of the complete 2010 lineup can be found here.
Three-day passes are sold-out. One-day passes, priced at $85.00 each, will go on sale starting Tuesday, May 18th at 10 am CDT. For more information, click here.
Feature box image courtesy of the Austin Convention & Visitors Bureau…