Prep Your Eyes & Ears: 2012 ACL Music Festival Artist Recommendations

At long last, the 2012 ACL Music Festival Week is finally upon us! My absolute favorite weekend of the year out at Zilker Park here in Austin and a true feast for the senses for the festival-loving, music-craving, fun-seeking sort.

Granted, as with most annual ACL lineups, this year’s is jammed packed with amazing talent, up-and-coming artists and live performers you just don’t want to miss.

That said, to the best of my ability, I’ve completely scathed the 3-day schedule and have compiled my list of best bets and artist recommendations, for those who are curious and interested. And, yes, just as in year’s past, I’ve got plenty of decisions to make with stage conflicts among artists performing on different stages at the same time (crisis alleviated at next year’s ACL Music Festival, running two separate weekends, by the way).

So, without further adieu, here goes somethin’. Cheers to another great ACL and welcome to those headed to Austin for the first time or those returning to ATX for yet another weekend of greatness. Happy Fest, y’all!

2012 ACL Music Festival Artist Recommendations

Friday, October 12, 2012

12:30-1:30pm – Los Campesinos! – Bud Light Stage

1:15-2:15pm – First Aid Kit – Honda Stage

1:30pm-2:30pm – River City Extension – Austin Ventures Stage

1:30pm-2:30pm – Patrick Watson – Google Play Stage

2:15pm-3:15pm – Delta Spirit – AMD Stage

2:30-3:15pm – LP – Austin Ventures Stage

3:15pm-4:15pm – Ben Howard – Honda Stage

4:15pm-5:15pm – The Afghan Whigs – AMD Stage

5:00pm-5:45pm – Trampled By Turtles – Austin Ventures Stage

5:30pm-6:30pm – Alabama Shakes – Google Play Stage

6:30pm-7:30pm – Florence + The Machine – Bud Light Stage

7:15pm-8:15pm – Thievery Corporation – Honda Stage

7:30pm-8:30pm – M. Ward – Austin Ventures Stage

8:30pm-10pm – The Black Keys – Bud Light Stage

Saturday, October 13, 2012 

11:15am-11:45am – Quiet Company – Austin Ventures Stage

12pm-12:40pm – Wild Child – Austin Ventures Stage

12:30pm-1:15pm – Civil Twilight – Bud Light Stage

1pm-1:40pm – Wheeler Brothers – Austin Ventures Stage

2pm-2:45pm – Dry The River – Austin Ventures Stage

3pm-4pm – Oberhofer – Google Play Stage

3:15pm-4pm – Father John Misty – Austin Ventures Stage

4pm-5pm – Andrew Bird – Bud Light Stage

4:30pm-5:15pm – Michael Kiwanuka – Austin Ventures Stage

5:45pm-6:30pm – Punch Brothers – Austin Ventures Stage

6pm-7pm – The Shins – AMD Stage

7pm-8pm – Gotye – Google Play Stage

7pm-8pm – Steve Earle – Austin Ventures Stage

8pm-10pm – Neil Young and Crazy Horse – Bud Light Stage

Sunday, October 14, 2012

11:20am-12pm – The Eastern Sea – Austin Ventures Stage

12:15pm-1:15pm – The Boxer Rebellion – AMD Stage

1:15pm-2:15pm – Stars – Google Play Stage

2:15pm-3:15pm – Gary Clark, Jr. – AMD Stage

3:15pm-4:15pm – Tennis – Google Play Stage

4:15pm-5:15pm – The Civil Wars – AMD Stage

4:15pm-5:15pm – The Dunwells – BMI Stage

4:15pm-5:15pm – Two Door Cinema Club – Bud Light Stage

5pm-5:45pm – The Lumineers – Austin Ventures Stage

5:45pm-6:45pm – Ruthie Foster – Zilker Stage

6:15pm-7pm – Old 97’s – Austin Ventures Stage

6:15pm-7:15pm – Iggy & The Stooges – Bud Light Stage

6:15pm-7:30pm – The Avett Brothers – AMD Stage

7:30pm-8:30pm – Randy Rogers Band – Austin Ventures Stage

8:15pm-10pm – Red Hot Chili Peppers – Bud Light Stage


2012 Austin City Limits Music Festival
October 12-14, 2012
Zilker Park – Austin, Texas


  1. Very excired about all these Fab new and not new groups for ACL. You made it so easy to check em out with your grear time and day list. ONLY IN AUSTIN – Thanks.

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