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As is typical of ACL, the roster represents a diverse cross-section of artists and the festival has continued its trend of stretching out from its adult contemporary and Americana roots. Thus, classic singer-songwriters like Gillian Welsh and Wanda Jackson will be balanced by sets from electronic heat-seekers such as Pretty Lights and Skrillex. The festival also boasts more hip-hop this year than in prior incarnations, through some of the artists listed above, as well as a crossover sampling of R&B (Mavis Staples), new soul (Fitz & the Tantrums) and old soul (Charles Bradley). Dance ravers Chromeo and Empire of the Sun will compete with indie rock upstarts Smith Westerns and J. Roddy Walston & the Business. In between, there's still jazz and bluegrasss -- together (Preservation Hall Jazz Band with the Del McCoury Band). It'll be like SXSW all over again. Only this time, we don't need no stinking badges.
Of course, in a sign of the times, 3-day general admission passes actually sold out long before Tuesday's artist announcement. However single day passes will be available beginning Tuesday (May 17) at 10AM ET through the official festival website. Ah...you might want to make that a triple.