This year is the first that the Austin City Limits Music Festival will be held over two weekends, and it looks like organizers wanted to make the most of the expanded edition with two performances each from headliners Depeche Mode, the Cure and Muse.
Actually, all performers will be pulling double duty, as each weekend of the festival is a carbon copy of the others, similar to the Coachella setup of recent years. Those weekends will be October 4-6 and October 11-13. As usual, the festival will be held in Zilker Park, a 46-acre park that is among many public green spaces in the city.
Certainly those are some big names up at the top of the bill, and I’m sure many people will be happy with that, though the festival doesn’t seem to have the “Wow Factor” headliners of many events held around the world this festival season. However, if anything is lost from the headliners, it is more than made up for the huge and eclectic list of other notable artists playing the festival.
Here’s a sampling: Kings of Leon, Wilco, Lionel Richie, The National, Phoenix, Eric Church, Vampire Weekend, Kendrick Lamar, Queens of the Stone Age, Arctic Monkeys, fun., Neko Case, Portugal. The Man, Grimes, Jimmy Eat World, Phoenix and Atoms for Peace. The last band features Thom Yorke, Flea and Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich, among others.
Charlie Jones, partner at organizer C3 Presents, spoke earlier about the decision to expand to two weekends this year.
“Every year we hear from longtime fans that they’ve missed out on buying tickets because of the speed at which the festival sells out,” Jones said. “The expansion will allow more people the chance to experience ACL, and we are grateful to the fans, the neighborhood associations, KLRU, and the City of Austin for their continued support of the Festival.”
It appears previous rumors that Mumford & Sons, Vampire Weekend, Phoenix, Postal Service and the Killers will play this year’s Lollapalooza are true, and they also will be joined by the Cure and Nine Inch Nails, among many others.
The first rumors surfaced about a week ago, but last night, March 27, a poster listing most of the lineup of the event leaked online, and the Chicago Tribune reports that multiple industry sources have confirmed the poster as legit.
Lollapalooza spokeswoman Shelby Meade would not comment on the leak, but said that the official announcement of the lineup will come next week. This means that the official version of the lineup will be released about a week before it was initially expected. She also revealed that the announcement will include a new on-sale date for single-day tickets. Three day passes to the event already are sold out.
Other notable artists on the impressive lineup include New Order, the National, Queens of the Stone Age, Eric Church, Grizzly Bear, the Lumineers, Kendrick Lamar, Ellie Goulding, Band of Horses, Father John Misty, Thievery Corporation, Lana Del Rey, Cat Power, Matt & Kim, Alt-J and Hot Chip, among many others.
Vampire Weekend will use the appearance as a chance to promote its upcoming third album, Modern Vampires in the City. The album was originally set for release May 7, but it was announced earlier this week that the street date would be moved back a week to May 14.
This year’s incarnation of the event will be held August 2-4 at the festival’s long-time home in Chicago’s Grant Park.
Lollapalooza was founded by Jane’s Addiction frontman Perry Farrell as a traveling festival back in 1991, and after a hiatus in the late 1990s and early 2000s, returned in 2003. However, since 2005 the event has been held as a multiple day festival in Chicago rather than a touring entity.
For it’s 8th year, Montreal’s Osheaga Festival will welcome headliners the Cure, Mumford & Sons and Phoenix.
This year’s festival will take place August 2-4 at Parc Jean-Drapeau in the city. Other notable acts in the eclectic lineup include New Order, the Lumineers, Vampire Weekend, Kendrick Lamar, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Alt-J, Gaslight Anthem, Father John Misty, Tegan and Sara, Ellie Goulding, Hot Chip, Beach House, Flogging Molly, Big Boi, Silversun Pickups, Azealia Banks and Jimmy Eat World, among others.
Tickets for the event go on sale this Friday, March 15, with general admission weekend passes starting at $235. That price jumps up to $395 for reserved seats at the festival. Additionally, there are two levels of VIP levels known as “The Osheaga Experience.” The first starts at $699 and features dedicated viewing areas, private bar, air conditioned restrooms, catered dinner and golf car transportation, among others. The second package comes with reserved seating access and otherwise is the similar to the first VIP package, though the cost goes up to $1099.
The festival also offers accommodation and travel packages, which include travel options and hotel stays, depending on the package.
The Parc Jean-Drapeau is on Ile Ste-Helene, an island located just off the island of Montreal. It features artwork created for Montreal’s Expo in 1967. The festival will include five stages throughout the park.
The Osheaga Music and Arts Festival was first held in 2006, and now is billed as “the largest festival of its kind in Canada.” More than 90 bands will play at the festival as the city welcomes tens of thousands of music fans. The festival’s website points out that last year’s festival was the first to sellout. Previous performers at Osheaga include The Killers, Arcade Fire, Weezer, Iggy & the Stooges, Rufus Wainwright, the Roots, Sonic Youth, Coldplay and Eminem, among many others.
The Cure will tour Latin America for the first time in nearly two decades.
“The moment has arrived,” read a statement on the band’s official website. “Iconic British band The Cure announces its return to Latin America with shows in Brazil, Paraguay, Argentina, Chile, Peru, Colombia and Mexico.”
Dubbed the “LatAm2013 Tour,” the trek will begin April 4 with a show at the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and will continue through an April 21 show at Foro Sol in Mexico City. The band also will play in Sao Paulo, Brazil; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Santiago, Chile; Lima, Peru and Bogota, Colombia.
“We are deliriously happy to be coming back to South America at last – we have been away for far too long!” said frontman Robert Smith in a statement. “We will be playing 3+ hour shows, and have every intention of making this the most memorable Cure Tour EVER!”
This statement may be the first time the words “deliriously happy” and “Robert Smith” were used in the same sentence, much less attributed to the founding singer of the band.
The Cure hasn’t put out an album since 4:13 was released in 2008, and as of now the band has not released any official word that any new music will come this year. 4:13 is the 13th studio album of the band, and cracked the top 20 of the Billboard 200 albums chart the week after it was released.
The group also performed live fairly extensively last year, visiting a slew of big summer festivals around the world, but said at the time that they had no recording contract or plans to make an album.
The Cure formed in the late 1970s and had hits in the late 80s and early 90s with songs including “Friday I’m in Love,” “Just Like Heaven” and “Lovesong,” among others.