The annual event will take place in Austin’s Zilker Park over two weekends—October 4th through 6th and 11th through 13th.
What time and date on the festival’s schedule that The Cure are scheduled to play has not been announced at this time.
General tickets and VIP packages are already available for purchase on ACL’s website.
Whether or not this performance by Robert Smith and Co is a 30th anniversary of Disintegration set, or a concert in promotion of the forthcoming following to band’s first album since 2008’s 4:13 Dream, which has been suggested for a Halloween release, is also yet to be revealed.
Regarding the new album, Smith had recently told Rolling Stone at The Cure’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony:
“Because it’s the anniversary of Disintegration, I was thinking about how we did that, and how we turned that into something and what my mindset was. A key part of it was everyone being away from home, being away from everything they loved and being in one place at the same time. So for the first time in 20 years, we went into a studio — we actually went into the studio where they did “Bohemian Rhapsody,” funnily enough. It’s a great studio in the middle of nowhere. We just played music for three weeks. And it’s great. I know everyone says that. But it really is fucking great.
It’s so dark. It’s incredibly intense. And I’ve waited 10 years to do something that means something. It’s going to work really well. I’m not sure how much of it we’ll play this summer at festivals. It’s not really festival music. The songs are like 10 minutes, 12 minutes long. We recorded 19 songs. So I have no idea what to do now. The others are saying, “Triple album!” I’m saying, no let’s not. I’ll pick six or maybe eight songs and do like a single album. But I think it will delight our hardcore fans. And probably really, really infuriate everyone else. At my age, I’m still doom and gloom.”
Smith then elaborated on the album’s completion status and possible release date with a bit of tongue in cheek humor in relation to the tone of the record:
“We’ll finish it before we start in the summer, and it’ll be mixed through the summer. And then so release date, I don’t know, October? Halloween! Come on!”