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Metallica to play ‘Austin City Limits Festival’ for first time

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Metallica has been named as one of the headliners of the 17th annual Austin City Limits Music Festival, marking the first time that the metal legends will appear at the long-running event. Joining Metallica at the top of the bill will be Paul McCartneyArctic MonkeysChildish GambinoTravis Scott and Odeska, while other artists confirmed to perform include Greta Van FleetDeftonesHozierChvrchesThe NationalFather John MistyJanelle Monae and many more.

More than 125 acts will perform on eight stages during both weekends of the event, scheduled for October 5th through the 7th and October 12th through the 14th at Zilker Park in Austin, Texas. Three-day general admission tickets for both weekends are on sale now at, with VIP and hotel packages also available. Single-day tickets and packages will go on sale later in the year.

Metallica’s Austin appearance will fall right in the middle of a 34-date North American leg of its “WorldWired” tour that begins on September 2nd in Madison, Wisconsin.

Drummer Lars Ulrich told us what he’s most concerned with when playing on a big stage: “When you’re playing on a stage that size, it’s really important to kind of always know, you know, where’s James and it’s just about eye contact. The hardest thing that we do actually is playing — when we play indoors we play in the round, and a lot of times when we’re in the round I can’t see any of the other three guys. That’s when you really have to sort of rely on your instincts and your intuition and so on.”

The band has played 20 shows in Europe since early February and has another five dates booked between now and mid-May.

Arctic Monkeys will release its new album, Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino, on May 11th. Greta Van Fleet and Deftones are both reportedly working on new albums for release later in the year.

Story source: Rolling Stone


  • The Austin City Limits Music Festival has called Zilker Park home for the past 17 years.
  • A portion of proceeds from the ACL Festival go directly towards improving Austin’s parks. Since 2006, ACL Festival, in partnership with the Austin Parks Foundation, has donated more than $30 million towards improvements to Zilker Park and parks across the city.
  • Fans worldwide who can’t make it to Zilker Park can watch the Official 2018 Austin City Limits Music Festival Live Broadcast on Red Bull TV, which is distributed digitally for free on the web at, connected TVs, smartphones and tablets as well as