ACL parent company requiring proof of vaccination for festivals, putting ACL guidelines into question
Austin City Limits Festival 2021 is just under two months away and with COVID cases surging across the city, Austinites are wondering what will become of the festival this year.
Entertainment company Live Nation, which is a majority stakeholder in ACL and other C3 Presents-run festivals like Lollapalooza, announced over the weekend that it would require all artists, crew and attendees to provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test for all shows starting Oct. 4, the day after weekend one of ACL ends.
The new rule's timing makes it unclear what COVID precautions will be taken for the first and second weekend of the festival. Will both weekends require proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test?
According to Senate Bill 968 section 14, Texas businesses cannot "require a customer to provide any documentation certifying the customer's COVID-19 vaccination or post-transmission recovery" in order to enter or receive services from the establishment. Last week, the bill came into practice as two local restaurants Fresa's and Launderette, almost had their state licenses revoked for requiring proof of vaccination to dine indoors.
However, negative COVID-19 tests may be on the table as the bill cannot be used to "restrict a business from implementing COVID-19 screening and infection control protocols in accordance with state and federal law to protect public health."
Austonia reached out to ACL organizers on the festival's COVID safety protocols but did not receive a response. According to its website, ACL will follow current recommendations in place at the time of the festival and will alert patrons of safety policies as the festival approaches.
Before the decision, fellow Chicago festival Lollapalooza required either proof of vaccine or a negative COVID test to attend. The decision was successful in avoiding a superspreader event; a Lollapalooza spokesperson said that 12% of attendees cited the festival as their reason to get vaccinated.
In addition to concert rules, Live Nation will require all employees to be vaccinated to come into the office. The entertainment giant further clarified that starting in October, the guidelines will be mandated where permitted by law in certain states.
"Vaccines are going to be your ticket back to shows, and as of Oct. 4, we will be following the model we developed for Lollapalooza and requiring this for artists, fans and employees at Live Nation venues and festivals everywhere possible in the U.S.," Live Nation president and CEO Michael Rapino said in a statement.
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A week after DaBaby was dropped from the lineup, Austin City Limits Festival announced via Twitter on Tuesday that his set would be filled by rapper Tyler, the Creator. Hours later, Stevie Nicks announced that she would not play the festival due to COVID-19 concerns. She has since been replaced with Duran Duran.
Nicks, who is 73, said that while she is vaccinated, she is being "extremely cautious" by canceling the five performances she had planned for 2021.
Meanwhile, ACL said rapper, Tyler, the Creator, whose real name is Tyler Gregory Okonma, would fill the Sunday slot in DaBaby's place, closing out both weekends of the festival. ACL said the hourly schedule will be out "soon."
Okonma recently played at Lollapalooza in Chicago and his prop-heavy set was well-celebrated and showcased the various eras of his career.
LINEUP UPDATE: @tylerthecreator has been added to this year's festival, performing Sunday night of both weekends. Set times coming soon! pic.twitter.com/IqSmenu6Yo
— ACL Festival (@aclfestival) August 10, 2021
After Okonma finishes his festival performances, he will kick off the U.S. leg of his tour at the Pechanga Arena in San Diego, California, in February next year.
This story was last updated on Wednesday at 10 a.m. to include more changes to the ACL lineup.
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The single-day lineup for Austin City Limits music festival is here, selling out single-day tickets in just under two hours after they went on sale at noon Tuesday.
This was the fastest single-day tickets have sold out, according to ACL officials. Now, all three-day tickets and single-day tickets for both weekends of ACL are sold out.
Resale tickets are available here.
One hour after tickets went on sale for Austin City Limits music festival, all tickets from general admission to platinum sold out for Weekend One with Weekend Two tickets selling out two hours later.
3-Day Tickets for BOTH weekends of #ACLFest are now sold out. Lineup By Day out this Tuesday, May 25 at 10am CT and limited 1-Day Tickets On-Sale at 12pm CT! pic.twitter.com/Yh6cVg2dl3
— ACL Festival (@aclfestival) May 20, 2021
The festival will take place in Zilker Park on the first two weekends in October with headliners Stevie Nicks, George Straight, Billie Eilish and more. View the full lineup here.
This story has been updated as Weekend Two tickets sold out.