Austin City Limits Music Festival
September 19-21st in Austin, Texas
Three days – Eight stages – 100+ bands
Held outdoors in beautiful Zilker Park

Last year, more than 75,000 music fans from all over the country enjoyed a beautiful sunny weekend in Austin, Texas with Wilco, Ryan Adams, Emmylou Harris, The Jayhawks, and 70+ other artists in Zilker Park in the heart of Austin, TX.

This year, the Austin City Limits Music Festival returns bigger and better.

For three days in September (19th - 21st), more than 100 amazing artists will come together in the capitol city for the 2003 Austin City Limits Music Festival. Austin has always been known as the “Live Music Capital of the World,” and with the return of the ACL Festival, that statement has never been more accurate.

Confirmed artists to date include:
R.E.M., Al Green, Liz Phair, Ben Harper, Rosanne Cash, Jack Johnson, String Cheese Incident, Lucinda Williams, Patty Griffin, Los Lobos, Mavis Staples, Alejandro Escovedo, Ween, G. Love & Special Sauce, Robert Randolph, Pat Green, Spoon, Galactic, O.A.R., and Gomez.

The entire festival lineup will be announced on June 12th.

Tickets are only $65 dollars (plus service and processing fees) for the three-day event. Tickets are only available online at Kids 10 and under will be admitted for free if accompanied by an adult with a ticket.

“ACL instantly put itself on the map of the county’s best outdoor music festivals.”
Dallas Morning News

“It was a moment of grace, and it seems to augur well for the future of a festival that, in Shawn Colvin’s words, ‘just makes sense’.”
No Depression

“The ACL Fest was one of the most enjoyable days of music this season and a tribute to the standards of the 27-year-old PBS concert program.”
Houston Chronicle

In the spirit of the legendary public television show – Austin City Limits, the longest-running music show in the United States – the artists performing at the festival will continue to represent the same wide variety of music genres found on the groundbreaking program.

By Tony Stack
"We look forward to another exciting weekend in Zilker Park as we expand the Austin City Limits Festival to three days. The additional day will allow music fans from all over the globe the opportunity to enjoy the city of Austin, and all it has to offer: green spaces, great food, arts and the most authentic and eclectic Music Festival in the nation," commented Charlie Jones, promoter and principal at Capital Sports & Entertainment, which is the organizer of the festival.

"Last year's ACL Festival was a home run - this year's will be a grand slam, commented Terry Lickona, Producer of Austin City Limits. Just when you didn't think it could get any better, just wait! The talent line-up is incredible. The whole vibe is incredible. After 29 years of bringing Austin City Limits to the people via public television, we're thrilled to bring three days of LIVE music to the fans."

This year the outdoor festival will feature eight stages of live music around the park, arts exhibits, food from Austin’s favorite restaurants, and a children’s area.

Many area hotels are providing discount packages combining rooms and festival passes. Visit the Austin Convention & Visitors Bureau website at for more information.

If you prefer sleeping under the stars, visit the Texas State Parks website for area campsites.

For general information on travel, accommodations and the event itself log on to

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 festival website.

Austin City Limits is the trailblazer for live music on television. The celebrated PBS series has presented live music, pure and simple, for almost 30 years. Legendary artists and rising stars who have graced the Austin City Limits stage include Ray Charles, Norah Jones, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Sheryl Crow, Phish and Beck. The award-winning series spotlights artists of every musical genre from rhythm and blues to rock and country. To learn more about the show and the more than 500 artists who have appeared on it visit

[Published on: 5/12/03]

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