Austin City Limits has released the full schedule / set times for 2017 and they are rough. You can see the full schedule for ACL 2017 by clicking here for weekend one and here for weekend two. Most of the schedule is the same between the two weekends with just minor changes; the things I will bitch about will be mainly focused on ACL W1 since that's the week I'm going. I will give ACL credit in this regard: at least they release the schedule early, giving everyone plenty of time to plan. That said, there are some pretty tough conflicts for the upcoming festival, here are some of the highlights/worst conflicts from the 2017 schedule.
We knew as soon as there were five headliners there would be conflicts, and the schedule just confirms that. Jay-Z will go unopposed, but The Killers / Gorillaz and Red Hot Chili Peppers / Chance have giant overlaps. You could catch a full set of one and see the end of the other, but it's still tough choices ahead. For what it's worth I love both The Killers and Gorillaz (probably the Killers a bit more) and I fully say go to Gorillaz - their set at OSL was one of the best I've ever seen. As for the other day I'm really not a Chance fan so I will be at RHCP.
As I mentioned there is an extra half hour for one of the headliners; for example Gorillaz play 8:15-9:30 while The Killers play 8:15-10:00. This is nice as you can see Gorillaz and catch the end of The Killers, but on the other hand why do the Gorillaz only get a 75 minute set? I really hate this with LiveNation festivals this year; Lollapalooza did the same crap. Headliners should never only have a 75 minute set.
Pretty rough one on Friday night - I was hoping to catch both Solange and Ryan Adams, but it won't look like that is going to happen as all three play at 7:15 - 8:15 on Friday. I haven't seen any of them, so if anyone has any recommendations feel free to let me know in the comments.
All three acts will play Friday 6:15 - 7:15; apparently Friday is just rough for me. This one seems like it could easily be avoided. Why are The Revivalists playing so late? I thought they'd definitely be in the 2 - 4 range so this conflict is both unexpected and shitty.
I actually just saw all three of these acts at Outside Lands, so this one isn't as rough for me but I can see this being a tough choice for fans on Indie rock. For what it's worth I fully think The Lemon Twigs are the best of these acts live. Overall Friday is the worst day for conflicts in my opinion, but it's also probably the day with the best lineup.
A lot of this will come down to your music preference; I see a lot of couples being split as the female wants to see Tove Lo and the males want to see one of the other acts.
Potentially the worst one of the weekend just because there is going to be such a big overlap between fan bases. I definitely wasn't expecting this one - I assumed Ice Cube would be later and Alison Wonderland would be earlier. I am personally going with Cut Copy but there no right answer here.
Similar to the last one, I can see this being really brutal just because the fan bases are going to overlap a lot. If you go to festivals a lot I'd say go to BADBADNOTGOOD just because RTJ plays 20 festivals a year. That said, RTJ is also more expensive to see at their own concert. It's a tough choice but I will be at RTJ.
There are definitely other tough choices, but those were some of the toughest ones I saw. I'm not going to lie - I am not too thrilled with this ACL lineup compared to past years, and now I'm even less so as it seems there are a ton of conflicts when there aren't that many artists I want to see. Hopefully the ACL gods were kinder to you and your schedule is looking cleaner.