Tonight at midnight, the folks at C3 Presents who book the Austin City Limits Music Festival are expected to drop the lineup in full onto the festival's official Web site. And like, duh, Rocks Off will of course be up and about to post it to the blog once it goes live. You are more than welcome to bring a can of Red Bull to the office around 11 p.m. tonight.
The organizers took another route to announce a few of the festival's under-cards by issuing scratch-off tickets to various businesses in the Austin area. If you match two bands on a ticket, you win a pair of VIP passes to the fest too. Here is a list of artists who have been confirmed through the tickets:
Arcade Fire My Morning Jacket Fleet Foxes Empire Earth Delta Spirit J Roddy Walston & the Business Cee-Lo Green Chromeo Empire of the Sun Smith Westerns Hayes Carll Iron & Wine Mavis Staples The Head and the Heart Alexander
To add to the madness, on Saturday night a picture reported to be of a page in the next SPIN magazine lists Kanye West and Stevie Wonder as highlights on the bill. This sent old-school ACL concert-goers into a tizzy, not over last week's birthday boy Wonder, but the volatile West, who for some is too "urban" for the usually white-bread ACL fare.
Our own list of ACL rumors proved correct with Arcade Fire and My Morning Jacket's spots announced. We would have never picked West for ACL, and if he is truly on the final lineup, we wouldn't mind seeing him in Austin. His Coachella set was interesting, to say the leas; as for Wonder, it will be a pleasure to finally see him live.
Today, a September 15 Leon Russell was announced over at Numbers, leading us to do some forward/wishful thinking of our own. Russell released an album with Elton John, The Union, just last October, and Russell would already be a lock for an afternoon ACL slot as it is.
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But how far off are we to surmise that we could see a Russell and John closing set one night of the three-day festival? John's schedule looks clean in mid-September, and he would be great closer in the spirirt of the Eagles last year. Plus, imagine the collabs that could go down with all the talent rolling around Austin that weekend.
See ya tonight at midnight. Or shortly thereafter.