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Why are there no Latino music acts at ACL Fest 2017?

Staff Writer
Austin 360

We at Team 360 are in the thick of Austin City Limits Festival prep work. In the process of digging deep into the schedule and planning our preview coverage, one of our colleagues at our Spanish language sister publication, Ahora Sí, Liliana Valenzuela, brought up a startling detail we somehow missed.

“Is it my imagination, or are there zero Latino acts this year at ACL?” she asked.

We dug deeper into the schedule and (correct us if we’re wrong) but it does not appear to be her imagination. There are no Latino music acts at ACL Fest this year.

Latin music has never had a huge presence at the festival, but over the past few years there have generally been a few Latino offerings. If we generously stretch the definition of Latino music to include any act with a Latino or Latina fronting it, the breakdown for the last two years looks like this:

2016

Melanie Martinez

Bomba Estereo

Gina Chavez?