The lineup of the fourth Austin City Limits Music Festival, set for Sept. 23-25 in Austin's Zilker Park, will be announced tomorrow (May 5).

The lineup of the fourth Austin City Limits Music Festival, set for Sept. 23-25 in Austin's Zilker Park, will be announced tomorrow (May 5).

Among the more than 130 bands confirmed for the festival's eight stages are Wilco, Coldplay, Widespread Panic, Oasis, the Black Crowes, the Allman Brothers Band, Lyle Lovett, Lucinda Williams, John Prine, the Arcade Fire, Robert Randolph & the Family Band, Jimmy Cliff, Buddy Guy, Jet, Dierks Bentley, Death Cab for Cutie, Jimmy Cliff, Franz Ferdinand, Gov't Mule, Sleater-Kinney, Kasabian, Robert Earl Keen, Keane, the Doves, the Black Keys, Dave Alvin, Asleep at the Wheel and the Bravery.

Produced by Capitol Sports & Entertainment, with talent booked by Charles Attal Presents, the ACL festival is named for the PBS mainstay "Austin City Limits," which is billed as the longest-running music show in the United States.

The festival began in 2002, and attendance grew to more than 70,000 per day in 2004. In response, producers announced this year that they would reduce capacity by 10,000 daily to make for a better fan experience.

"To us it was simple. Our original model was to provide a good experience to bands and the customer, and to create an event that would be around for the city of Austin for many years to come," says Charlie Jones, a principal in CSE. "Like any event or festival, when it gets too crowded, it's an unpleasurable experience. Our customers told us last year it was too crowded and we heard them."

The capacity reduction will affect ticket prices, but three-day passes started out at $85 on April 15 will still top out at $95 once the bands are announced. "Our ticket sales are ahead of schedule," Jones says. "Before we released band one, we sold 12,000-13,000 three-day passes. I expect when the bands get released, this sucker will sell out within a week."

Last year, highlights from the 2003 festival were released on New West Records, and a Warner Bros. release from the 2004 fest is set for this summer.

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