The lineup for the Austin City Limits Music Festival won’t drop until May, but with the roster releases for Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in California and the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Tennessee, we’re starting to get a sense of the artists working the mega fest circuit this year. So which of the Coachellaroonies might be coming to Austin?
Let’s start at the top. Two artists who canceled high-profile Austin appearances last year show up on both lineups. A week before his headline set at ACL Fest, Childish Gambino was waylaid with a foot injury. The artist a.k.a. Donald Glover had said that his 2018 “This is America” tour would be his final go-round as Gambino, but clearly, he didn’t want to go out limping. An epic Coachella performance would have been an apt grand finale, but the fact that he’s playing Bonnaroo after Coachella makes an ACL makeup date seem like a real possibility.
Also near the top of each bill is Cardi B, who canceled an appearance at Jmblya last year because of complications with her pregnancy. The hip-hop and EDM festival produced by Scoremore is a single-day event staged in Austin, Dallas and Houston. As Cardi has already been tapped to play Rodeo Houston in March, a makeup date at Jmblya in May seems unlikely, but could the queenpin rapper bring her “money moves” to the Austin City Limits Music Festival? We are here for it.
New country standout Kacey Musgraves is also on the lineup for both fests. She has two sold-out Stubb’s shows in March, but nothing on the books in October. She last played the festival in 2016, but only one weekend, and we’re pretty sure ACL Festers would forgive the repeat appearance.
Pop star Ariana Grande is headlining Coachella (but not Bonnaroo). Unfortunately, her “Sweetener’ world tour puts her in Scandinavia during ACL fest. Also on the Coachella/not Bonnaroo bill is Tame Impala. The Australian psych rock outfit last played the festival in 2015 and we would not be surprised to see them return.
The Bonnaroo lineup is much Phishier than Coachella’s with the jam band playing three sets at the Tennessee festival. Phish has played ACL Fest before, in 2010, and they’re pretty much always on the road, so we won’t rule out the jammiest of jams in Zilker Park, but we’re not waiting to exhale on that one either.
The Lumineers, who last played the fest in 2012, are also on the Bonnaroo lineup, as is Post Malone. The former seems like a real possibility for ACL 2019 and we refuse to acknowledge the latter unless we absolutely have to.
A few other artists playing Bonnaroo or Coachella we wouldn’t be surprised to see at ACL Fest: Billie Eilish, Bad Bunny, H.E.R., Rosalia, Lil Dicky, Four Tet, G. Jones.
ACL Fest will be Oct. 4-6 and 11-13 at Zilker Park. More information.