2014 Austin City Limits Music Festival Line-up: Hip-hop tops the two weekends … – Austin Chronicle

Tickets hit the streets at 10am, and the curtain’s now up. Festival czars C3 Presents revealed the line-up for the 2014 Austin City Limits Music Festival this morning, Oct. 3-5 and 10-12. Grab your nearest fine tooth comb.

Unprecedented for the 13-year-old festival are a pair of hip-hop acts at the topmost type of this year’s 130-act bill. It was a forgone conclusion given their 40-festival assault on U.S. soil this summer that reunited Atlanta kingpins Outkast would be here, but Eminem – headlining C3’s sister festival Lollapalooza in August – constitutes a genuine coup. Double platinum sales for September’s Marshall Mathers LP 2 proves he’s still got the public eyes and ears, and now he joins Kanye West in 2011 as ACL’s biggest rapper.

Also high up on C3’s press release today, and rightfully so, are women: Lorde, the Kiwi teen whose “Royals” spent the past eight months as the most omnipresent song on the planet. She’s coming for week two only, but Lana Del Ray shares the same altitudes on the marquee and plays both weekends. Female-fronted populists Cults, Phantogram, KUTX-anointed “SXSW winners” Lucius, and Lake Street Dive, just in town for Old Settler’s Music Festival, join SXSWers St. Vincent, and Chilean rapper Ana Tijoux. And the chorus: Iggy Azalea, Nikki Lane, Jenny Lewis, and Tune-Yards, who drops third LP Nikki Nack on May 6.

Count Tijoux in with a hip-hop gathering that, along with the inclusion of Eminem and Outkast, might have a chance at outdrawing Kendrick Lamar last year. Note Childish Gambino, who made his ACL debut in 2012, as well as Riders Against the Storm, last month’s Austin Music Awards winner for Band of the Year. Riders post amongst another key subgenre of the festival, locals.

This year, they scale down slightly in sheer mass, but the grouping casts an even wider net. Whereas last year’s lineup included local scenesters Not in the Face, Whiskey Shivers, Sons of Fathers, and Dana Falconberry, this year’s cull ventures deeper into the Austin music scene. Nightowls, Penny & Sparrow, Dawn & Hawkes, and Sphynx split time with Mike & the Moonpies, Hard Proof, ex-pat Arum Rae, and Wood & Wire.

Spoon, also due a new album before the festival, crowns the ATX acts, but Spanish Gold, Grupo Fantasma founder Adrian Quesada’s new joint with former Hacienda guitarist Dante Schwebel and My Morning Jacket Drummer Patrick Hallahan, will be worth a looksee. Elizabeth McQueen, who left ACL mainstays Asleep at the Wheel over the winter, returns for both weeks, while her old boss trots side project Ray Benson & MilkDrive out in the Wheel’s place for week two.

Need more? More: Austin favorite Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, reggae legend and SXSW 2012 highlight Jimmy Cliff, and EDM gawd Skrillex, whose 2011 set proved so loud that nearby folky Gillian Welch had to stop hers short. The Replacements’ inclusion leaked a few months ago, but less well known is the fact that Paul Westerberg and the boys were high on Fun Fun Fun Fest’s wish list last year, and had an invitation from Austin City Limits around the same time. Might they step over to ACL Live at the Moody Theater for a taping in October? “Can’t Hardly Wait.”

The only thing missing is a veteran hit-maker for the grey hairs, a la past ACL Fest headliners Lionel Richie or Stevie Wonder. No – not Pearl Jam. These days that slot might go to Beck. You hear that one about the two turntables and a microphone?


A Thousand Horses

Ana Tijoux
Ashley Cleveland
Asleep at the Wheel (week one)
Avett Brothers
Bad Rabbits
Barton Hills Choir
Beat Connection
Beats Antique
Belle & Sebastian
Benjamin Booker
Black Pistol Fire
Blackberry Smoke
Blank Range
Blue Bear
Broken Bells
Calvin Harris
Capital Cities
Catfish & the Bottlemen
Chain Gang of 1974
Childish Gambino
Colony House
Dawn & Hawkes
The Districts
Elizabeth McQueen
Emily Wolfe
Fitz & the Tantrums
Foster the People
Future Unlimited
Gaslight Anthem
Glitch Mob
Gospel Silvertones
Hard Proof
The Head & the Heart
The Hunts
Icona Pop
Iggy Azalea
J. Roddy Walston & the Business
Jagwar Ma
Jenny Lewis
Jimmy Cliff
Jon Batiste & Stay Human
Jones Family Singers
Jon Pardi
Lake Streek Dive
Lana Del Ray
Last Internationale
Legendary Soul Stirrers
The Levites
Lonely Biscuits
Lorde (week two)
Los Colognes
Mac DeMarco
Major Lazer
Melanie Martinez
Mike & the Moonpies
Miniature Tigers

My Brightest Diamond
The Nightowls
Night Terrors of 1927
Nikki Lane
Paolo Nutini
Parker Millsap (week two)
Pearl Jam
Penny & Sparrow
Peter DiStefano & Tor
Q Brothers
Ralph’s World
Ray Benson & MilkDrive (week two)
Reuben & the Dark
The Replacements
Riders Against the Storm
River City Christianettes
Robert Ellis
The Rosebuds
Sam Smith
School of Rock
Shields of Faith
Spanish Gold
The Stapletons
St. Vincent
Steve Songs
Sugar Free Allstars
Tor Miller
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
Turnpike Troubadours
Von Grey
The Wans
Wesley Bray & the Disciples of Joy
Wood & Wire
Young & Sick


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