ACL Fest 2023 Preview

by Brian Maass on October 2, 2023 in Entertainment, Music,

Get ready to groove, because ACL Fest is back and bigger than ever in the heart of Austin! As the Live Music Capital of the World, Austin welcomes music enthusiasts from across the globe to the Austin City Limits Music Festival, a.k.a. ACL Fest. The fun kicks off Oct. 6-8 and continues Oct. 13-15. In this exclusive preview article, we’ll give you a tantalizing glimpse into what you can expect at the upcoming ACL Fest 2023, a two-weekend celebration of music, art, and the vibrant spirit of Austin.


Line Up

Over 450,000 festival goers will visit Austin’s Zilker Park for the annual Austin City Limits Festival! Photo Roger Ho.

ACL Fest is renowned for its stellar lineup, and this year is no exception. Prepare to be blown away by a diverse range of musical genres and superstar headliners such as Kendrick Lamar, Mumford and Sons, and the Foo Fighters. From rock legends and indie darlings to rap icons and EDM sensations, the festival promises an eclectic mix that caters to all musical tastes. 

No strangers to headlining ACL Fest, Mumford and Sons are back headlining Sunday night during both weekends of the festival. Photo Alison Narro.

Here are a trio of artists you should make sure to circle on your festival schedule:
The Mars Volta– Formed after the breakup of At the Drive In, The Mars Volta is a progressive rock band from El Paso who last year released their first album in ten years simply titled, “The Mars Volta.” Then in April the band released “Que Dios Te Maldiga Mi Corazón,” which is  a complete re-recording of their newly released “The Mars Volta.” The Mars Volta will play Friday on weekend one. 

Tanya Tucker– This past April, the Country Music Hall of Fame announced three new inductees. Among that group was Texas’ own Tanya Tucker! This newly inducted Hall of Fame member and legendary queen of country will play both Saturdays. 

Mt. Joy– This five-piece indie rock band hailing from Pennsylvania found success with their hit, “Silver Linings,” which reached number one on Billboards Triple A charts. Their new album, “Orange Blood” was released last year, and they will be on tour in the United States until the end of October, before starting the European leg of the tour. Mt. Joy will also play both Saturday nights during the festival.

ACL Eats

Whether you are looking for a sausage hot dog, barbeque, or just want to watch football at the beer garden, ACL fest has something to eat for everyone. Photo Ashley Osborn.

Austin is known for its food scene, and ACL Fest does not disappoint the foodie crowd. The festival features an impressive array of vendors offering a wide range of culinary delights. From gourmet food trucks serving up mouthwatering tacos to local BBQ joints dishing out finger-licking ribs, there’s something to satisfy every craving. Don’t forget to explore the Craft Beer Hall brought to you by Karbach Brewing Co., where you can sample some of the best local craft brews, as well as beers from around the Lonestar state. Not to be forgotten, college football fans can also pop in here to watch a few plays and check the scores of their favorite games in progress. 

Eco-Friendly Initiatives 

Enjoy an upgraded ACL experience with the platinum wristbands. The festival also offers different levels of VIP upgrades. Check the festival’s website for availability. Photo Miranda McDonald.

ACL Fest is committed to sustainability and eco-consciousness. The festival actively promotes green initiatives, such as recycling, composting, and reducing waste. Water refill stations are readily available to help festival goers stay hydrated, while minimizing plastic bottle usage. Be sure to bring your own refillable water bottle or camelback container. Austin Park Foundation will be on site once again this year with their Rock & Recycle program. Stop by, pick up a bag, and bring it back full of recyclable items in exchange for a specially designed ACL Fest t-shirt.    

For all of your festival needs, and questions be sure to visit the ACL Fest website. There you will find the complete lineup schedule for both weekends, ACL Nights schedule, and even pick up those last minute wristbands.

Wrap Up

The popular Silent Disco, powered by Quiet Events, returns to ACL! Photo Todd Owyoung.

ACL Fest 2023 promises to be an unforgettable experience for music lovers and festival goers alike. With an incredible lineup, captivating art installations, delectable cuisine, and a commitment to sustainability, this festival embodies the unique energy, creativity, and diversity of Austin. Grab your tickets, dust off your dancing shoes, and get ready to join the rhythm and revelry at ACL Fest in the Live Music Capital of the World. See you there!

Cover Photo Roge Ho.

Brian Maass is a native Austinite who has a passion for music, travel and sharing his experiences through his camera lens. He lives in Round Rock, Texas with his wife Dana Kent Maass and their faithful dog Chester.