Austin City Limits 2023: The Must-See Acts!
Music enthusiasts, the time of year we’ve all been waiting for is finally here! The Austin City Limits (ACL) Festival is back, offering a tantalizing blend of well-established legends, trending chart-toppers, and electrifying new talents. With the Zilker Park coming alive once again, this year promises to be bigger and better. To help you make the most of this musical extravaganza, we’ve put together a day-by-day guide of the acts you absolutely cannot miss.
The weather for Weekend 1 is looking promising with a forecast of clear skies and mild temperatures. It’s advisable to wear light and breathable clothing, but don’t forget to pack a light jacket for the cooler evening hours. As you enjoy the festival, don’t miss out on the delectable food stalls that are offering a diverse range of mouth-watering dishes.
The must-try for this year is the gourmet grilled cheese sandwich paired with the refreshing, artisanal lemonade stand near the main stage. It’s always a good idea to stay hydrated, so keep a refillable water bottle with you at all times. Remember to take breaks, find shade when needed, and perhaps carry a portable fan or mister to stay cool. Don’t forget to earmark the festival map’s important locations such as water refill stations, first aid booths, and rest areas. Lastly, embrace the festival spirit, look out for each other, and most importantly, have fun!
Friday, October 6th
Kendrick Lamar (8:40pm)
The Compton maestro makes his much-anticipated return to ACL. With hits spanning from “Control” to his groundbreaking album “To Pimp a Butterfly”, and his latest work, “Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers”, this set is going to be the epitome of hip-hop brilliance.
Lil Yachty (4:10pm)
Missed his SXSW performance? Fret not! Lil Yachty’s mix of psychedelic rock and synth-driven rap is guaranteed to be one of the highlights of ACL.
Little Simz (5:10pm)
The British Nigerian rapper, with accolades from giants like Lauryn Hill and Kendrick Lamar, is here to mesmerize with her introspective bars and infectious rhythms.
Saturday, October 7th
Shania Twain (8pm)
Get ready for some iconic country-pop crossover magic. With a catalog spanning three decades, expect a night of pure nostalgia and timeless hits.
Rina Sawayama (4pm)
Dance-pop with a message, Rina is a force to be reckoned with. From hits like “XS” to the 2022’s “This Hell”, she’s here to make you think while you groove.
Tanya Tucker (5 p.m.)
Experience the magic of the Texan legend as she takes you on a musical journey from her breakout “Delta Dawn” to her Grammy Award-winning 2019 album “While I’m Livin’”.
Sunday, October 8th
Odesza (1:30 p.m.)
Electronic music giants Odesza promise an ethereal experience, blending eclectic samples, mesmerizing visuals, and beats that resonate deep within.
Grace Sorensen (1:30 p.m.)
Mixing the richness of R&B with a touch of hip-hop, Sorensen’s sound is the perfect way to ease into the day. Look out for her tracks like “Tell Me” and “Digits”.
Cigarettes After Sex (7:15 p.m.)
End your day with some indie shoegaze magic. Their song “Apocalypse” might have taken TikTok by storm, but this band is more than a one-hit wonder.
With a lineup as dynamic as this, ACL 2023 is sure to be an unforgettable experience. So grab your festival gear, make a schedule, and get ready to dive deep into the music at Austin City Limits 2023!