5 sets not to miss at ACL 2022
Fall is well and truly here and brings with it one of the last big events of the festival season: Austin city limits. Held annually in the Texas capital’s Zilker Park, ACL has hosted a number of the world’s biggest musical acts since its inception in 2002. This year’s lineup is as deep and diverse as ever, with hundreds of artists ready to take the stage during the two weekends of the festival. With that in mind, here are the 5 sets you can’t miss at ACL 2022.
A Florida-based duo of Sophie Hawley-Weld and Tucker Halpern, SOFI TUKKER has gone from strength to strength in recent years, receiving multiple Grammy nominations, appearing in numerous ad campaigns and soundtracks, and generally becoming dance music darlings. Their second album, wet tennis, was released in April of this year to a warm reception, and if their energetic and stylish set at Ultra is anything to go by, they’ll continue their stellar 2022 with a great performance at ACL.
The only non-dancing or electronic act on our list, Top Dawg Entertainment’s SZA is one of the most dynamic and impactful artists in the world since rising to prominence with her 2017 album, CTRL. She’s made hits with everyone from Kendrick Lamar and Travis Scott to Maroon 5 and Mark Ronson, and while she’s been relatively quiet with her own releases of late, she’s still more than headline-worthy. two Fridays of ACL 2022. Fans hope new SZA songs are on the way…
Another artist with a high profile release this year, Australian DJ/producer nozzle caused a stir with his third studio album, Palace, back in May. A bonafide superstar and one of this year’s Saturday headliners, Flume absolutely killed it at Coachella in April, bringing out the likes of Damon Albarn, Vince Staples and Toro y Moi- all bets are off. open for guests in Austin, but the man behind megahits like “Never Be Like You” and “Say It” is absolutely capable of putting on a brilliant show on his own.
Formerly anonymous and still somewhat mysterious, Zhu has spent much of his career letting the music do the talking – with three albums, five EPs, a slew of great singles and a Grammy nomination under his belt, it seems to have worked out pretty well for him. The San Francisco native has already put on phenomenal shows at Coachella and Ultra, and you won’t want to miss when he brings his sleek, dark and invigorating style to Zilker Park.
Jackson Steel, better known as great savage, started producing hip-hop beats as a teenager; he moved to Los Angeles after college, started making electronic music and hasn’t looked back since. Armed with a sound as bold and explosive as his name might suggest, Stell cut his teeth touring with Odesza in 2015, quickly becoming one of the most exciting names in electronic music. He’s not on as many people’s radars as he should be, but with his fantastic new album The efferusphere now out, Big Wild will be one to watch both at ACL and beyond.
The 2022 ACL begins Friday, October 7 and will take place over two weekends; click here to see the full lineup and keep it here for coverage of all your favorite artists, festivals and more!
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