Paul McCartney, Metallica, Childish Gambino Top ACL Fest Lineup
Arctic Monkeys, Travis Scott, David Byrne, Janelle Monae also tapped for Austin bash
By Jon Blistein
May 1, 2018
Paul McCartney, Metallica and Childish Gambino will headline the 2018 Austin City Limits Festival. Joe Schildhorn/BFA/REX Shutterstock, Invision/AP/REX Shutterstock, Manuel Dd Almeida/EPA-EFE/REX Shutterstock
Paul McCartney, Metallica and Childish Gambino will headline the 2018 Austin City Limits Music Festival. The annual event will take place over two weekends, October 5th through 7th, and 12th through 14th, at Austin's Zilker Park.
This year's lineup also features Arctic Monkeys, Travis Scott, Odesza, the National, Khalid, David Byrne, Justice, St. Vincent, Father John Misty, Janelle Monáe, Brandi Carlile, Blood Orange, the Breeders, Chvrches, Sylvan Esso and Brockhampton.
Several major artists will only appear during one of the festival's two weekends, such as Camila Cabello, the Deftones and Greta Van Fleet, who will take the stage during weekend one. Weekend two will feature performances from Shawn Mendes, Lily Allen, Trampled by Turtles and Rhye.
The lineup also boasts a slew of Texas acts such as Shakey Graves and Golden Dawn Arkestra. During week one, Asleep at the Wheel, Sweet Spirit and Jackie Venson will perform, while week two will feature Charley Crockett, Duncan Fellows and Harry Paradise.
General admission tickets and VIP packages are for sale on the ACL Fest website, where a complete lineup is also available.
McCartney's set at ACL marks the musician's first major show of 2018 after spending much of last year on the road on his "One on One" trek. For Metallica, the stop falls in the middle of a sprawling North American tour in support of their 2016 album, Hardwired… to Self-Destruct. And Childish Gambino – the musical alter-ego of Donald Glover – recently announced a fall tour featuring Rae Sremmurd and Vince Staples.
Paul McCartney, Metallica, Childish Gambino to Headline 2018 ACL Music Festival
by Hilary Hughes
The spin cycle's over: After loading up a laundromat with a bunch of band t-shirts and pulling a few of them out of washing machines to tease a few acts, the 2018 Austin City Music Festival lineup is here and boasts Paul McCartney, Metallica, Childish Gambino, Arctic Monkeys, Odesza, Travis Scott and the National as its headliners.
The festival -- which descends upon Austin's Zilker Park over the weekends of Oct. 5-7 and Oct. 12-14 -- will serve as McCartney and Metallica's sole North American festival dates for 2018.
Camila Cabello, Shawn Mendes, Hozier, Khalid, David Byrne, Chvrches and more round out the rest of the roster, which counts 125 bands in its 2018 ranks.
Check out the lineup in full below.
Sir Paul McCartney performs onstage during Desert Trip at the Empire Polo Field on October 8, 2016 in Indio, California. KEVIN WINTER/GETTY IMAGES