The 2009 Austin City Limits Music Festival will showcase a diverse blend of acts both fresh and familiar at the eighth edition of the event in Zilker Park October 2-4. Pearl Jam, Dave Matthews Band, and Beastie Boys are performing for the first time at the Festival, with Kings of Leon, Ben Harper and Relentless7, and Thievery Corporation returning to Zilker Park once again. John Legend, The Dead Weather, and The Levon Helm Band will also make their ACL Festival debut, while Austin‘s own Ghostland Observatory will no doubt deliver another memorable set for festival goers.
With over 130 artists on this year’s bill, the list of acts awes at each note with the likes of Sonic Youth, Mos Def,Toadies, Flogging Molly, The B-52s, Lily Allen, Citizen Cope, Arctic Monkeys, The Decemberists, Coheed and Cambria, Andrew Bird, Girl Talk, and many more.
In the tradition of the TV show from which it was born, the Festival has always aimed to offer musical discovery for the fans. The 2009 lineup is rich with pop, country, folk, bluegrass, blues, reggae, indie rock, hip-hop, and gospel, to name a few, spanning cultures and countries from New Orleans to Venezuela to France. Three-day passes are available and selling at a brisk clip at the Regular price of $185. As always, prices include all service fees. Tickets and VIP packages are available at www.aclfestival.com.
"Zilker Park’s transformation is nearly complete,” said Charlie McCabe, Executive Director of the Austin Parks Foundation, non-profit beneficiary of the Festival. “The fields have been re-graded, over 17,000 linear feet of irrigation pipe are now in place, and work began to install 42 acres of new sod on Earth Day. Patrons of this year’s Festival will rock out on a lush new blanket of grass, and the Austin community will enjoy a greener park this year and in years to come.”
The ACL Festival is committed to minimizing its environmental impact with green initiatives in practice throughout Zilker Park. This year’s Festival will once again be carbon neutral. Festival goers are encouraged to get in on the act by buying a BeGreen Fan Tag during the ticket purchase process to offset their Festival travel, riding free Festival shuttles, walking, or biking to the grounds. Honda, ACL Festival’s official eco-partner, is upping the ante of the Rock & Recycle program this year for fans willing to do their part for the environment. Fans that Rock & Recycle in Zilker Park will earn the chance to win a brand new 2010 Honda Insight hybrid.
The 2009 Austin City Limits Music Festival is generously sponsored by AMD, Dell, Austin Ventures, BMI, H-E-B, Heineken, Sweet Leaf Tea, and VitaminWater.