2018 ACL Fest headliners include Paul McCartney, Metallica, Childish Gambino and Arctic Monkeys
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The producers of ACL Festival have announced their entire 2018 lineup of artists for when it takes place in Austin, Texas later this year on both weekends of Oct. 5-7 and Oct. 12-14. Rock-friendly headliners include Sir Paul McCartney, Metallica and the Arctic Monkeys, with showbiz hotshot Donald Glover a.k.a. Childish Gambino also set to perform. The annual multi-day music event is the only U.S. festival which Childish Gambino is scheduled to perform this year, and fits in perfectly within his North American fall tour schedule. As Austin360 reports, the upcoming event will make for McCartney’s first performance in the Texas city since he played at the Erwin Center back in May 2013.

Fans may be disappointed that there aren’t any female names listed amongst the top billed artists for this year’s ACL Fest, but it’s worth noting that Camila Cabello, Chvrches, St. Vincent, Sylvan Esso, Brandi Carlile and Janelle Monáe are all set to perform as well. Other popular names found on this year’s lineup poster include Travis Scott, Odesza and The National, who just closed out their own mini-festival in Cincinnati over the weekend and debuted a new song in the process. Some of the mid-size and smaller font artists who attendees should make a point of seeing in Austin this fall include Highly Suspect, Lily Allen, Blood Orange, Jungle, Trampled By Turtles, The Revolution (Prince’s former backing band), Elle King and Natalie Prass, just to name a few.

The festival circuit here in North America continues to steadily grow, maybe almost too quickly, but ACL Festival remains one of the end-of-summer events which also takes place over two weekends. Similar to Coachella, multi-weekend business plan allows fans who are back at school or taken up with other autumn commitments to pick the first or second week to attend, allowing for more flexible scheduling options.

For general information as well as 2018 ticketing package options, fans can visit the Festival’s official website.