ACL 2018

Austin City Limits Music Fest releases 2018 lineup filled with retro acts, new favorites

ACL Fest releases 2018 lineup filled with retro acts, new favorites

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Get excited! Austin City Limits released its 2018 lineup on May 1. Photo by Nicole Raney

A Beatle, an '80s metal band, and a TV star turned hip-hop phenom will all headline the 2018 Austin City Limits Music Festival. On May 1, it was announced that in addition to Paul McCartney, Metallica, and Childish Gambino, this year's headliners are The National, Arctic Monkeys, Travis Scott, and Odesza. 

Second-tier acts include Khalid, David Byrne, Chvrches, Deftones, St. Vincent, Sylvan Esso, Father John Misty, Brandi Carlile, Shawn Mendes, Camila Cabello, Hozier, and Justice, among others. (See the full lineup here.)

The festival's promoter, C3 Presents, teased the lineup on April 30 with a 37-minute, avant-garde video called "Laundry Day," in which people randomly take out band T-shirts from a running dryer before folding them in front of the camera. 

Like in years past, the 2018 festival will take place over two weekends — October 5-7 and 12-14 — at Austin's Zilker Park. The lineup will remain the same across both weekends, with the exception of a handful of artists.

Individual tickets and package deals are on sale now, beginning with Weekend 3-Day Tickets priced at $255 (plus fees) per weekend. For those who can't afford to fork that over right now, a layaway option (which requires $50 down) is also available.

VIP Tickets are available for $1,100 per weekend and include special access and amenities. And for those really looking to splurge, Platinum Tickets are priced at $3,600 per weekend and include private entry and exclusive amenities including access to a shaded viewing deck, complimentary beer and wine, golf cart transportation around the grounds, and even spa services, among other perks.

The news came just one day after C3 and Mayor Steve Adler held a joint press conference touting the festival's economic impact on the city; it included a $4.8 million donation from ACL Fest to the Austin Parks Foundation.

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