Coldplay, Wilco, Crowes Lead ACL Lineup

Coldplay, Wilco, Widespread Panic, Oasis, the Black Crowes, Jimmy Cliff, Death Cab For Cutie, Doves, Buddy Guy, the Allman Brothers Band and Franz Ferdinand lead the lineup for the fourth Austin City

Coldplay, Wilco, Widespread Panic, Oasis, the Black Crowes, Jimmy Cliff, Death Cab For Cutie, the Allman Brothers Band and Franz Ferdinand lead the lineup for the fourth Austin City Limits Music Festival, which will be announced tomorrow (May 5). The event will be held Sept. 23-25 in the city's Zilker Park.

More than 130 bands are confirmed for the festival's eight stages, including Lyle Lovett, Lucinda Williams, John Prine, the Arcade Fire, Robert Randolph & the Family Band, Buddy Guy, Jet, Dierks Bentley, Gov't Mule, the Black Keys, Sleater-Kinney, Doves, Keane and Robert Earl Keen.

Produced by Capital 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 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 [for] bands and the customer, and to create an event that would be around for the city of Austin for many years to come," CSE principal Charlie Jones tells

"Like any event or festival, when it gets too crowded, it's an unpleasurable experience," Jones continues. "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 and 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.

The complete lineup is as follows:

Widespread Panic
The Black Crowes
The Allman Brothers
Lyle Lovett
Lucinda Williams
John Prine
The Arcade Fire
Robert Randolph & the Family Band
Jimmy Cliff
Buddy Guy
Dierks Bentley
Death Cab For Cutie
Bob Mould
Built To Spill
Bloc Party
Steve Earle and the Dukes
Franz Ferdinand
Gov't Mule
Zap Mama
Robert Earl Keen
The Black Keys
Mike Gordon and Leo Kottke
The Walkmen
Jason Mraz
Rilo Kiley
Secret Machines
The Decemberists
The Bravery
Blue October
Grupo Fantasma
Kermit Ruffins
The Dirty Dozen Brass Band
Bettye Lavette
Rev. Dan Willis & the All Nations Choir
Ricardo Lemvo & Makina Loca
Ruthie Foster
The Frames
Mates of State
Mindy Smith
Martin Sexton
The Fiery Furnaces
Federico Aubele
Mouse On Mars
The Futureheads
Kathleen Edwards
Asleep at the Wheel
Tegan and Sara
Mike Doughty
Split Lip Rayfield
Rachael Yamagata
Bobby Bare Jr.
Ditty Bops
The New Amsterdams
Ambulance Ltd.
Slightly Stoopid
Dios Malos
Brave Combo
Dave Alvin
Marc Broussard
Bruce Robison
Missy Higgins
Nine Black Alps
Kevin Fowler
Willy Mason
The Weary Boys
Wayne Hancock
Rick Trevino
The Asylum Street Spankers
Oliver Future
The Real Heroes
Bukka Allen
Hairy Apes
The Lost Trailers
The Gospel Stars
Donna the Buffalo
The Shields Of Faith
Star Kid's Yoga
The Jones Family Singers
South Austin Jug Band
The Lighthouse Singers
Casey McPherson
Kacy Crowley
Tristen Prettyman
The Massacoustics
Joe McDermott
Sara Hickman
The Imagination Movers
Free Sol
Inara George
Austin Hartley-Leonard
Maneja Beto
Austin Collins Band
The Biscuit Brothers
Naturally 7
Patrick Davis Band
Kelly Hunt
Thievery Corporation
Kate York