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Austin City Limits announces festival upgrades and late night lineup for 2017

Austin City Limits reveals fest upgrades and late night shows for 2017

Austin City Limits ACL Music Festival sign 2015
ACL Fest has some improvements in store for 2017. Photo by Nicole Raney

Austin City Limits Music Festival has announced the official 2017 after-hours show lineup, as well as new amenities and changes for the festival, which returns to Zilker Park October 6-8 and 13-15. 

This year's Official ACL Festival Late Night Shows will take place October 5 through 15 at some of Austin's favorite music venues, including Emo’s, Stubb’s, Antone's, and more. Music fans can catch intimate performances from top festival artists, including Ryan Adams, Run The Jewels, Spoon, Crystal Castles, Black Angels and Roky Erickson, and many more. The full list of shows is available online, and tickets go on sale Friday, August 25, at 10 am. A special pre-sale for C3 Presents email subscribers starts Thursday, August 24. 

The festival itself will feature a new-and-improved layout with more room for attendees, repositioned stages, a third entrance gate, a new wine experience, and enhanced Platinum amenities. The layout changes are designed to create better crowd flow, and the relocated stages should help with sound bleed issues.

To avoid entrance bottlenecks at peak times, there will be three entrances — the existing Lady Bird Lake entrance, a Barton Springs East entrance, and a Barton Springs West entrance — to choose from, as well as an additional box office for greater convenience.

After the success of last year’s shaded wine bar area, organizers have added a new ACL Fest wine tent where festivalgoers can select a nice bottle of wine or a cold glass of bubbly from an expanded selection of wines from around the world. There will also be wine-friendly bites for noshing.   

Platinum ticket holders will have a new lounge located in the northeast area of Zilker Park with a private, elevated viewing deck; side stage viewing platforms at the two main stages; and food from award-winning chefs including Naomi Pomeroy, Aaron Sanchez, Andrew Curren, Tim Love, Mike Lata, and Andrew Wiseheart.

Select one-day tickets for both weekends and three-day tickets for the second weekend of the festival are still available. Three-day tickets for the first weekend are sold out.