After Metallica's epic Saturday night show at the 2018 Austin City Limits Music Festival, festival organizers have decided to return to the realm of hard rock for this year's top headliner, Guns N’ Roses, the festival announced Tuesday. This will be the band’s first concert in Austin since 1993 and its first-ever ACL Fest appearance.

This year's festival will be held over two weekends in the fall, Oct. 4-6 and 11-13. Three-day passes start at $260 and went on sale noon Tuesday via the ACL Fest website. Single-day tickets, starting at $105, will go on sale later in the year.

Over the last several years, the ACL Fest lineup has been devoid of female artists at the top. This year, rap sensation Cardi B, who set an attendance record at the Houston rodeo in March, will perform on weekend one, with Swedish pop artist Robyn taking that spot on weekend two. Teen pop phenom Billie Eilish — who has topped charts with excellent new album “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?” — also is in a headline slot. At 17, Eilish is the youngest headliner in ACL Fest history.

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Childish Gambino, this year's least surprising headliner, was revealed in an optical illusion puzzle released by the fest Sunday night, part of a hype campaign of similar images. After an injury forced him to cut his "This Is America" tour short and cancel his ACL Fest appearance last year, the artist, also known as Donald Glover, delayed plans to retire his rap alter ego and has been hitting festivals across the country.

Also leading the bill are two English bands: alt-folk-rock chart-toppers Mumford & Sons, who played the festival just three years ago, and 1980s goth/post-punk faves the Cure, currently on the 30th anniversary tour for their album "Disintegration." More international flavor near the top of the lineup comes from Australian psych-rockers Tame Impala, who last played ACL Fest in 2015; they are expected to have a new album out this summer. A hometown-hero spotlight goes to Gary Clark Jr., who's been making waves with his powerful new album “This Land.”

A host of other powerful female artists fall into the second tier of the lineup. Radiant rap and soul queen Lizzo, who rocked our world during South by Southwest, and country music disruptor Kacey Musgraves, who sold out two Stubb's shows in March, are both on the bill. Colombian American artist Kali Uchis brings her sensual pop jams to the festival, along with Spanish pop artist Rosalía, whose album “El Mal Querer” was a huge hit in 2018. King Princess, who made a big splash at SXSW this year, gets high billing, as does Christian pop singer Lauren Daigle. Other prominent female performers include roots-pop singer-songwriter Jenny Lewis, trip-hop artist Banks, 22-year-old Norwegian pop artist Sigrid and Mexican pop singer Natalia Lafourcade.

Despite the presence of Guns N' Roses atop the bill, rock is overall less dominant in this year's lineup, as has increasingly been the case in recent years. Jack White and Brendan Benson’s collaboration the Raconteurs, whose first album in more than 10 years is due out in June, are high in the lineup, as is the oddly named Thom Yorke Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes, which appears to be the Radiohead leader spotlighting his 2014 solo album. Also appealing to rock fans are 1980s legacy act Bruce Hornsby with his band the Noisemakers, 1990s groove-rockers Third Eye Blind (on weekend two only) and California reggae-rockers Rebelution.

Meanwhile, hip-hop and R&B continue to have a significant presence at the festival. Atlanta rap breakout 21 Savage and Philadelphia’s Lil Uzi Vert both land high in the second tier of the lineup. Further down ticket are K Flay, Denzel Curry and Tierra Whack, who wowed us during SXSW. Chance the Rapper’s little brother, Taylor Bennett, who put out the solid release “Be Yourself” last year; California funk rapper Duckwrth; and Houston queenpin Megan Thee Stallion (another SXSW standout, playing weekend one only) will also perform.

British crooner James Blake will bring his moody woodland melodies to the festival, and our favorite new silky R&B singer, Pink Sweat$, who won the Grulke Award for Developing U.S. Act at SXSW, will also perform.

There will be ample opportunities to move and groove, as dance-floor boss Kaytranada and British producer/remix specialist Troyboi are both on the bill. EDM artists Fisher, Griz and R.L. Grime will also be in the mix.

Aside from Mumford & Sons’ presence, ACL Fest still doesn’t cater much to the Americana roots from which it sprang in 2002. Fast-rising Kentucky songwriter Tyler Childers, who just did two nights at Stubb’s, will play both weekends. Young bluegrass hotshot Billy Strings is a solid weekend-one-only addition, while Foo Fighters guitarist Chris Shiflett will play his country-oriented material on weekend two only.

Gary Clark Jr. is the biggest Austin act on a bill that also features the rap duo Blackillac, with whom Clark has collaborated. Blackillac plays weekend two only, along with locals including Indian transplant Abhi the Nomad, pop singer Jane Ellen Bryant and Pike & Sutton, fronted by longtime Austin singer Patrice Pike.

Kicking off weekend one will be Austin’s western swing aces Asleep at the Wheel. Band leader Ray Benson’s outfit will celebrate its 50th anniversary next year and is the only band to have played every ACL Fest. Other locals playing weekend one only are soul/R&B/hip-hop synthesist Alesia Lani and indie rockers Otis the Destroyer and Night Cap.

Playing both weekends are Austin/Canada blues-rock duo Black Pistol Fire and longtime festival favorites the Barton Hills Choir, consisting of students from Barton Hills Elementary School.

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