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Austin City Limits Goes Virtual This Weekend

By Secret Austin October 7, 2020

Virtual ACL kicks off this Friday.

Austin City Limits re-imagined takes the internet stage this weekend with a lineup of local legends, breakout pop superstars, indie darlings, community messaging, special appearances, and more, beginning this Friday at 7:35 pm. [Featured image: @tombag via Unsplash]

With the surrounding circumstances, it didn’t come as much of a surprise back in July when organizers decided to pull the plug on Austin City Limits. At the time, major concert festivals around the country were announcing their intentions to cancel, postpone, or otherwise “re-imagine” their festival experience for 2020. SXSW was the first to bite the bullet, later Coachella was postponed then cancelled, Lollapalooza went virtual, and now Austin City Limits is following suit.

This year, their lineup looks like a bit of a hodgepodge of acts and features compared to their previously entirely music-focused performances.

In addition to screening past performances from the likes of: Spoon (2017), Willie Nelson (2016), LCD Soundsystem (2010), Radiohead (2016), Paul McCartney (2018), and Billie Eilish (2019), the festival will feature a mix of special appearances and community messages.

Make Change from Salesforce is a business-focused series intended to inspire community change that is scheduled to broadcast over the virtual festival on Friday and Saturday.

The festival will also feature special appearances that include: Andy Roddick, Mattew McConaughey, Shakey Graves, Mayor Steve Adler, and more.

ACL 2020 will benefit When We All Vote, a non-profit co-chaired by Former First Lady, Michelle Obama, that advocates for increased participation in voting, in addition to the Equal Justice Initiative, Austin Parks Foundation, and All Together ATX — a community relief fund.

For more details on the virtual festival, visit ACL’s website here. ACL is slated to commemorate its 20th reunion in October 2021.

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