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Virtual ACL Fest to Feature Willie Nelson, Matthew McConaughey + More

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The 2020 Austin City Limits festival will be held entirely online due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Beginning on Friday, Oct. 9, ACL will share free broadcasts of the festival on its YouTube channel.

The decision to cancel in-person performances was announced in July.

"We would have loved to put on another memorable show this year, however, with the uncertainty surrounding the current situation in Texas, this decision is the only responsible solution," Austin City Limits said in a statement.

Willie Nelson, Paul McCartney, Radiohead, My Morning Jacket, Phish, Billie Eilish, Alabama Shakes, Gary Clark Jr., Paul Cauthen, Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats, Spoon and St. Vincent are among the artists set to perform during the virtual event.

This year's festival will feature special guests, including Matthew McConaughey, Andy Roddick, Shakey Graves and more. The online event will also include behind-the-scenes footage of how the festival is created and looks at ACL Fest from years past.

For the full lineup, view ACL's official website.

ACL is far from the only festival impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. SXSW, Bonnarroo, CMA Fest, Americana Fest and many more events were cancelled this year.

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Willie Nelson is set to perform on Friday, Oct. 9. The 87-year-old country legend recently hosted his annual Farm Aid concert online.

"This pandemic and so many other challenges have revealed how essential family farmers and ranchers are to the future of our planet," Nelson told Billboard. "Farm Aid 2020 is going to give the whole country a chance to learn about the important work of farmers and how they're contributing to our well-being, beyond bringing us good food."

Nelson released his most recent album First Rose of Spring earlier this year.

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