Foo Fighters, Plant & Krauss, Beck, Raconteurs Lead '08 Austin City Limits Lineup

April 15, 2008 1:01 AM ET

Austin City Limits isn't until September — the 26th to 28th, to be exact — but the festival's lineup is already official: Foo Fighters, Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, Beck, the Raconteurs and David Byrne are confirmed, as are John Fogerty, N.E.R.D., Gnarls Barkley, Manu Chao, Conor Oberst and many more. Three-day passes go for $170 including service charges, and kids under ten years old can get in for free with a ticketed adult. For the full list of performers, keep reading.

Foo Fighters, Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, Beck, Manu Chao, John Fogerty, David Byrne, The Raconteurs, The Mars Volta, Gnarls Barkley, Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band, N.E.R.D., Erykah Badu, Robert Earl Keen, Patty Griffin, Tegan and Sara, Iron & Wine, G. Love & Special Sauce, Neko Case, Band of Horses, The Swell Season, Silversun Pickups, Gogel Bordello, Gillian Welch, Eli Young Band, The Black Keys, Against Me!, Jakob Dylan and the Gold Mountain Rebels, Okkervil River, Galactic, Kevin Fowler, Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings, Hot Chip, Vampire Weekend, Slightly Stoopid, Duffy, Flyleaf, Roky Erickson, Yonder Mountain String Band, Spiritualized, Drive-By Truckers, Ingrid Michaelson, Stars, Alejandro Escovedo, Jose Gonzales, CSS, Del the Funky Homosapien, Man Man, Jamie Lidell, MGMT, What Made Milwaukee Famous, Jenny Lewis, M. Ward, Asleep at the Wheel, Mason Jennings, Heartless Bastards, Antibalas, The Nachito Herrera All Stars, Shooter Jennings, Xavier Rudd, Yeasayer, Octopus Project, Joe Bonamassa, The Kills, White Denim, Louis XIV, Delta Spirit, Mates of State, Nicole Atkins & the Sea, Electric Touch, Black Joe Lewis & the Honey Bears, Back Door Slam, Tristan Prettyman, The Strange Boys, Ryan Bingham, Scott Biram, The Freddy Jones Band, Colour Revolt, Five Times August, Langhorne Slim, Sybris, Eli "Paperboy" Reed & the True Loves, Bavu Blakes & the Extra Plairs, AA Bondy, Chrisopher Denny, Mike Farris, The Lee Boys, South Austin Jug Band, American Bang, Bobby Bare Jr., Massaoustics, Belleville Outfit, We Go to 11, Band of Heathens, City and Colour, Sunny Sweeney, Elizabeth Willis, Automata, Bonnie Bishop, Ben Sollee, Ben Cylus, The Concert Supremes, River City Christionettes, Shields of Faith, The Jones Family Singers, Nakia & His Southern Cousins, Brothery Luv, The Henlsey Ensemble, School of Rock, Jambo, Q Brothers, Buck Howdy With BB, Uncle Rock, Big Don, Mr. Ray, The Jimmies

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