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ACL Fest Apologizes For Pulling Plug on Phoebe Bridgers, Donates to Texas Abortion Funds

The ACL Festival apologized for pulling the plug on Phoebe Bridgers' performance over the weekend, apologizing and making a donation to the Texas Abortion Funds.

Phoebe Bridgers was none too pleased when organizers at the Austin City Limits Festival cut the sound on her performance early over the weekend. How mad was she? “lol f–k acl,” she tweeted in a since deleted message on Saturday shortly after her set was cut off in the middle of her final song, “I Know the End.”

After some attendees suggested that the move was a result of the singer going over her set time, ACL issued a statement to the Austin-American Statesman on Monday (Oct. 11) explaining the incident.

“Unfortunately, due to a miscommunication on stage by ACL Festival personnel, the sound on the final song of (the) Phoebe Bridgers set was cut off during her ACL Fest weekend two performance,” it read. “We wish this had not happened and extend our apologies to Phoebe. After positive conversations between festival organizers and the artist about the situation, ACL Fest has made a donation to Texas Abortion Funds to show our support for Phoebe and an organization close to her heart.”


Bridgers appreciated the gesture, tweeting “Thank you” on Monday night. The donation came after Bridgers sent a pointed message to Texas’ Republican Gov. Greg Abbott earlier this month with a cover of Bo Burnham’s “That Funny Feeling,” with proceeds going to Texas Abortion Funds.

Bridgers has been performing the song on her fall U.S. tour, and the Bandcamp Friday track will split funds between 10 organizations: Texas Equal Access Fund, The Bridge Collective, Clinic Access Support Network, West Fund, Jane’s Due Process, Fund Texas Choice, Support Your Sistah at the Afiya Center, the Lilith Fund, Frontera Fund, and Whole Woman’s Health Alliance, Inc.

Check out the apology tweet below and fan footage of the sound cut.