Music fans, take note: Starting this Friday, October 2, Hulu will be streaming the legendary Austin City Limits Music Festival live from Austin’s Zilker Park. The live stream begins at 2 p.m. EDT (11 a.m. PDT) Friday, Saturday and Sunday. And if you want to catch some of your favorite acts again, tune back in on Monday, October 5 at 9 p.m. EDT as Hulu streams a highlight show with the festival’s biggest headliners. (We’ll post a list of the performances each day of the live stream.)
This year’s lineup is impressive. Those who enjoyed the Dave Matthews Band’s live performance from the Beacon Theatre on Hulu in June will get to see the boys again. For White Stripes/Raconteurs fans, ACL will host the sounds of the new super-group The Dead Weather, featuring The White Stripes’ Jack White and The Kills’ Alison Mosshart. And one of my favorite guitarists of all time, Ben Harper, brings his new band, the Relentless7, to Austin to perform songs from their new album, “White Lies for Dark Times.”
Those of you who are into neo-soul will get to boogie down to John Legend (who recently killed it at L.A.’s Greek Theatre) and Raphael Saadiq. On the hip-hop side, there’s the always-catchy sibling act The Knux (whose album “Remind Me in 3 Days…” is on repeat in my household), and the party continues with the groove-tacular Thievery Corporation. For something more mellow, you can catch sets from the brooding indie singer-songwriters Bon Iver and Andrew Bird. Finally, if you love jazz improvisation as much as I do, you can’t miss Medeski Martin & Wood.
With more than 20 acts to be broadcast over three days — plus Monday’s highlights show — Hulu and Austin City Limits have teamed up to bring something for everyone. If you’re heading to Texas Hill Country to attend in person, Godspeed, but for everyone else this weekend, fire up Hulu and get ready to rock and roll.
Here’s another (very) cool feature courtesy the ACL fest Blog: download a free digital sampler from iTunes featuring 16 artists from this year’s lineup. The digital sampler is available for free at iTunes with a redemption code.
ACL Festival Sampler
* Bassnectar – art of revolution
* Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears – boogie
* Dr. dog – the ark
* Heartless Bastards – out to sea
* K’naan – wavin flag
* Los amigos invisibles – mentiras
* Medeski, Martin & Wood – flat tires
* Mishka – 3rd eye vision
* Sarah Jaffe – ever born again
* The Dexateens – granddaddy’s mouth
* The dodos – fables
* The Felice Brothers – run chicken run
* The Knux – bang! bang!
* The Walkmen – on the water
* Thievery Corporation – mandala (feat. anoushka shankar)
* Todd Snider – don’t tempt me
EDIT: STREAM SCHEDULE Thanks, radatdatda!!
Anyone you're looking forward to seeing, ONTD? Is anyone going?