For the past several years, many of Austin’s most savvy concert goers have bypassed the ACL Festival entirely in favor of a different ACL weekend experience. C3, the organization behind the fest, puts on a series of aftershows where some of the buzziest bands playing the ACL festival perform separate shows in venues around the city. The list of bands making the rounds this October was just released this morning and it’s one of the most extensive yet.
Whether you’re attending the actual fest or not, if you’re looking to prolong your ACL weekend experience, this year’s aftershow list also contains a number of preshows. Beginning on Wednesday, October 6, The Strokes will play at Stubb’s. Then a whole barrage of artists will play on Thursday, October 7, including Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears, Neon Indian, and Spoon. The aftershows continue on Friday and Saturday of the festival, with Mayer Hawthorne, Deadmau5, Givers, Monsters of Folk, GIRLS, Sonic Youth, and The Black Keys all scheduled to appear around town.
In total, 22 bands will play outside of the festival. Check out the full lineup of pre and aftershows on ACL’s official website. The presale for ALL SHOWS begins this Friday, August 27th at 10 am. Make sure you’re on the ACL email list to take part!