The ACL Acts We Are Most Looking Forward To

Meghan Lake | September 22, 2022

The most wonderful time of year for Austinites is upon us: Austin City Limits. A time where Austin residents and visitors get to appreciate a variety of artists while enjoying the amazing scenery of downtown from the beloved Zilker Park. This iconic Austin tradition has been going strong since 1976, with the lineup getting better and better each year.

This years lineup includes an array of artists from country to pop to rock, all with an appreciation for the live music capital of the world. So, in order to celebrate, we made a list of the acts we are most looking forward to seeing in this year’s lineup.

1. Zach Bryan

Starting off with a country artist in true Austin, Texas fashion, Zach Bryan is a singer-songwriter who is almost guaranteed to make his entire audience shed a few tears. With his new album American Heartbreak, singles like Something in the Orange and Mine Again will be songs you do not want to miss. Zach Bryan will be performing on the American Express stage Friday afternoon at 4pm (weekend one only)! Grab your tissues and meet us there.

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2. SZA

Of course we added SZA to the list… she’s SZA!!! With soulful songs like Good Days and Drew Barrymore, we couldn’t be more excited to see her play the ACL stage. SZA’s album Ctrl is a Grammy-nominated album that has gained her a massive following since its release in 2017. SZA is one of the acts we are most excited for and cannot wait to see what she has in store.

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3. Red Hot Chili Peppers

A band we all know and love is coming to ACL and we couldn’t be more thrilled. The Red Hot Chili Peppers are a returnee to ACL with their classic hits “Californiacation” and “Can’t Stop”. The band, now running on almost 40 years together, have a unique sound and performance not many can top. See you at the American Express stage on Saturday night!

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4. Kacey Musgraves

A Texas local and ACL veteran, Kacey Musgraves is no new face to the music scene. However, her 2021 chart-topping album, Star-Crossed, is something we are not willing to miss live. Musgraves is known for her country hits such as Butterflies and Rainbow from her 2018 studio-album Golden Hour which won a Grammy for Album of the Year in 2019. Kacey Musgraves goes on Sunday night at 8:15pm at the Honda stage… see you there!

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5. Wallows

The Wallows, an alternative rock band, are known for popular songs such as OK and Are you bored yet? With a fun and unique vibe, Wallows is a performance we cannot wait to experience. The band goes on Saturday afternoon at the American Express stage and cannot wait to see lead-singer Dylan Minnette sing.

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6. Noah Cyrus

Noah Cyrus is an artist sure to make the audience shed a few tears. Sister of last year’s headliner, Miley Cyrus, Noah has big shoes to fill. With her chart-topping songs like July and I Got So High I Saw Jesus, Noah is an act that sings straight to the heart. Her new EP, The Hardest Part, is an emotional rollercoaster of an album that is complemented so well by her soothing, folky sounding voice. See you there on Friday afternoon at the American Express stage.

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7. Zhu

Into more of an EDM vibe? ACL has you covered. Zhu, an ACL veteran and music producer, is known for hits like Faded and Good Life. Zhu is an electronic act for a more upbeat crowd that will guarantee a fun time. Zhu is an act that always seems to lift spirits and leave the audience wanting more.

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And there you have it! Those are Texas Tasty’s Top 7 acts we are most looking forward to at ACL! With a lineup as diverse as this one, we are counting down the days until Zilker Park’s gates are open with the iconic ACL banner that we all know and love. Austin City Limits has two weekends, October 7-9 and October 14-16, 2022. We hope to see you there!