Jay Z joins Austin City Limits’ 2017 lineup

A surprise addition to a lineup not even 12 hours old

Jay Z

Earlier this today, Austin City Limits unveiled its 2017 lineup, but apparently minus its No. 1 headliner. In a second standalone announcement this afternoon, the Austin-based music festival announced the addition of Jay Z. He’ll top the bill alongside Gorillaz, Chance the Rapper, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and The Killers.

The addition of Jay Z certainly comes out of left field, and not just because of the peculiar timing of this afternoon’s announcement. In recent years, the hip-hop mogul has seemingly shifted his attention away from music, instead focusing his effort son several business ventures, including the high-fidelity streaming music service TIDAL and his Roc Nation sports agency. His most recent album came in 2013 with Magna Carta Holy Grail, and ACL will mark his first North American festival appearance since 2014.

Austin City Limits will once again go down over two weekends, October 6th-8th and 13th-15th, at Zilker Park in downtown Austin, Texas. Other confirmed acts include The xx, Ryan Adams, Solange, Ice Cube, Run the Jewels, Spoon, Cut Copy, Crystal Castles, Bonobo, ASAP Ferg, Danny Brown, D.R.A.M. BadBadNotGood, Angel Olsen, Royal Blood, First Aid Kit, Thundercat, Jamila Woods, and Car Seat Headrest.

Here’s how the lineup looks now:

Three-day GA and VIP passes are now on sale through the festival’s website. Single-day tickets will be available at a later date.


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