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Pop / Rock 09/05/2005

Austin City Limits Music Festival Unveils 2005 Lineup

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AUSTIN, TX. ( - Music Festival today announced the lineup for 2005, featuring a mix of legendary performers and emerging artists set to take the stage September 23-25 in downtown Austin's Zilker Park. The ACL Festival brings together an exciting blend of more than 130 rock, roots, indie, Americana, country and reggae bands performing on eight stages and creating an atmosphere of nonstop entertainment and discovery.

This year's bill features many first-time ACL performers. In addition to Coldplay, Widespread Panic, Oasis, The Black Crowes and The Allman Brothers Band, other artists such as John Prine, Arcade Fire and Kasabian will make their Austin City Limits Music Festival debuts. Returning ACL performers include Wilco, Rachael Yamagata, Robert Randolph & The Family Band and Franz Ferdinand, among others.

The Festival, created in the spirit of the legendary Austin City Limits public television show, captures the unique culture of Austin through music, food, art, ambiance and other activities. In continuing efforts to meet and exceed fan expectations, Festival organizers have reduced daily capacity by 10,000 fans. In addition, this year's Festival experience will be further improved with the addition of more shaded areas, faster services, streamlined transportation and enhanced sound.

"We're excited about the diverse musical talent playing at this year's Festival and we feel strongly this lineup has something for everyone. We have improved on the success of previous years and have fine-tuned an event that has become a must-attend for music fans from around the world," said Charlie Jones, executive producer and principal at Capital Sports & Entertainment, which organizes the Festival (and co-produces the Austin City Limits television series with KLRU-TV). "The stellar music, the beautiful setting, and some of the best accommodations available at a music festival make the Austin City Limits Music Festival a great event that people want to attend year after year."

A limited number of three-day passes can be purchased online at Fans are encouraged to buy tickets as early as possible to take advantage of lowest prices and ensure availability. On the heels of a Saturday sell-out in 2004, reduced capacity for 2005 and extremely positive fan feedback, ticket demand continues to be high. When the current allotment is sold out, ticket prices will increase. Children 10 and under will be admitted for free if accompanied by an adult with a ticket.

Confirmed artists to date include Coldplay, Widespread Panic, Oasis, The Black Crowes, The Allman Brothers Band, Wilco, Lyle Lovett, Lucinda Williams, John Prine, Robert Randolph & The Family Band, Jimmy Cliff, Buddy Guy, Jet, Dierks Bentley, Arcade Fire, Death Cab for Cutie, Bob Mould, Built to Spill, Bloc Party, Steve Earle and the Dukes, Franz Ferdinand, Gov't Mule, Sleater-Kinney, Kasabian, Zap Mama, Robert Earl Keen, Keane, Tortoise, The Doves, The Black Keys, Mike Gordon and Leo Kottke, The Walkmen, Jason Mraz, Rilo Kiley, Spoon, Secret Machines, The Decemberists, The Bravery, Eisley, Blue October, Grupo Fantasma, Kermit Ruffins, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Bettye La Vette, Rev. Dan Willis & The All Nations Choir, Morgan Heritage, Ricardo Lemvo & Makina Loca, Ruthie Foster, deSoL, The Frames, Mates of State, Mindy Smith, Martin Sexton, The Fiery Furnaces, Federico Aubele, Mouse on Mars, The Futureheads, Kathleen Edwards, Asleep at the Wheel, M83, Tegan and Sara, Mike Doughty, Split Lip Rayfield, Rachael Yamagata, Bobby Bare Jr., Mofro, The Ditty Bops, The New Amsterdams, Ambulance Ltd., Slightly Stoopid, Dios Malos, Brave Combo, Aqualung, Dave Alvin & The Guilty Men, Marc Broussard, Bruce Robison, Missy Higgins, Nine Black Alps, Kevin Fowler, Grady, Willy Mason, The Weary Boys, Wayne Hancock, Rick Trevino, Zykos, Soundteam, The Asylum Street Spankers, Pong, Oliver Future, The Real Heroes, Bukka Allen, Hairy Apes, The Lost Trailers, The Gospel Stars, Donna the Buffalo, The Shields of Faith, Star Kids Yoga, The Jones Family Singers, South Austin Jug Band, The Lighthouse Singers, Casey McPherson, Kacy Crowley, Tristan Prettyman, The Massacoustics, Joe McDermott, Sara Hickman, Imagination Movers, Free Sol, Inara George, KJAE, Austin Hartley-Leonard, Maneja Beto, Austin Collins Band, The Biscuit Brothers, Naturally 7, Patrick Davis Band, November, Kelly Hunt, Kate York.

Official 2005 sponsors include SBC companies, Cingular, Heineken, Austin Ventures, Capital Metro, BMI, H-E-B, Blackstone and Gibson Guitars.

"SBC companies are proud to present the Austin City Limits Music Festival and look forward to another successful year of bringing together great musical talent and great music enthusiasts," said Jan Newton, president, SBC Texas. "We'll also offer fans attending the festival an exciting mix of the latest in communication and entertainment services, including Internet experiences and digital satellite TV."

Additionally, Austin City Limits continues to provide new and innovative ways for fans to experience ACL throughout the year. Look for another ACL release this summer of CD and DVD compilations featuring performers from the 2004 Festival. Artists include: The Pixies, Jack Johnson, Franz Ferdinand, Dashboard Confessional, Trey Anastasio, Los Lonely Boys, Ben Harper, Cake, Rachel Yamagata, Blind Boys of Alabama, among others.

General information on travel, accommodations and the event itself is available at

Capital Metro will provide free shuttle service from a variety of locations all day Friday, Saturday and Sunday to the festival. Transportation details will be posted on the website shortly.

In 2004, the Austin City Limits Music Festival was the largest fundraiser for the Austin Parks & Recreation Department and KLRU, Austin's PBS station, and brought an estimated $23 million into the local economy.

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