That's right. Now why would Rocks Off make something like that up? Hope you have $180 lying around and don't have any meetings or classes or anything like that tomorrow morning, because they're going to go quick. Better go ahead and update your email profile (or create one) on the festival's Web site while you're at it. Everything you need to know is after the jump, but before we let you go, let's break out the old crystal ball and see who might be coming to Zilker Park in October. Besides... Blues Traveler, that is, the only artist Pollstar has penciled in so far.
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The rumors have been pretty steady that Pavement, Soundgarden and Arcade Fire will be there. Muse is a contender; Silversun Pickups, Vampire Weekend and the Hold Steady could be there; and the Strokes will (supposedly) have a new album out by fall. Zilker Park would be a perfect place for a Roky Erickson/Okkervil River set to commemorate True Love Cast Out All Evil, which comes out today, as do Willie Nelson's Country Music and Merle Haggard's I Am What I Am. Although he's hosting his own picnic at the new Backyard on July 4, it's been a few years since ol' Shotgun's been at ACL. The Hag has never played. The festival has had a lot of success with R&B acts in recent years, so what about Maxwell? How freakin' cool would Sade (said to be touring soon) be? Carrie Underwood, not unthinkable for ACL, plays Toyota Center two days before it starts. Neither Spoon, Wilco nor Drive-By Truckers played last year, and none of those three hardly ever skip two years in a row. Ryan Bingham may have to leave his Oscar in the artists' trailer, but we bet he'll be there; ditto Miranda Lambert. If Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings aren't on the bill, Rocks Off will see you all in hell, and if ACL keeps to its tradition of booking as many SXSW breakouts as it can entice into contracts, look for Frightened Rabbit, Surfer Blood, Dum Dum Girls and newly minted Coachella stars Die Antwoord to all be there. And in the tradition of Bob Dylan and Van Morrison in years past, could this finally be Lou Reed's year? Or another festival virgin ACL producer C3 Presents has already booked at Jones Hall June 4?
"A limited number of three-day passes for the Austin City Limits Music Festival will go on sale Wednesday, April 21 at 10 a.m. CST at the Regular price of $185, inclusive of all fees. Due to unprecedented demand for three-day passes, promoters expect tickets to sell quickly. VIP passes and Travel Packages will also be available at www.aclfestival.com. "Early Bird tickets, priced at $145, were released in October after last year's Festival, and sold-out in record time. On Tuesday, April 20, an exclusive ACL Festival E-List Pre-Sale allowed the Festival's loyal email subscribers the opportunity to purchase tickets before the general public. Email subscribers were given access to the pre-sale by simply updating their ACL E-list profile before the deadline. "Developed to address the ever-increasing demand for ACL Festival tickets, this new ticket pre-sale process also rewards fan loyalty and helps weed out automated email accounts created by ticket re-sellers - and ensure that the majority of ACL Festival tickets will be sold directly to fans (not scalpers). "The 9th edition of ACL Festival happens October 8-10 in Zilker Park. Another 130 or so acts will take the stage in Austin, but fans will have to wait until May 18 for the official announcement of artists. Single Day tickets for the Festival will be available on the same date."
Oh, and by the way, the actual lineup won't be announced until sometime next month. Get out those bingo cards...