ACL Backstage:
A 360° Experience

Photo courtesy KLRU-TV/Austin City Limits. Photo by Scott Newton.

Taking fans behind the scenes of the 43rd season of Austin City Limits.

About the project


Since 1974, the legendary PBS music show Austin City Limits has captured intimate performances from some of the world’s most beloved artists, hosting everyone from Willie Nelson to Lauryn Hill to Cyndi Lauper to Ray Charles. After decades of captivating performances, 2017 marks the 43rd season of the weekly series, distinguishing it as the longest-running music television program in the world. 

To celebrate this major milestone, our team at SubVRsive partnered with the ACL crew, Google, and Apple Music to bring fans of the show ACL: Backstage; a 360° music documentary series that tells the story of the musicians, the crew, the city, and the fans that make it all possible. With unparalleled access, this VR series gives an up-close look at some of the season’s most iconic performances and takes viewers backstage to hear from the artists before they step under the lights at Austin’s famous Moody Theater.

Photo courtesy KLRU-TV/Austin City Limits. Photo by Scott Newton.
ACL: Backstage - Ed Sheeran
ACL: Backstage - Ed Sheeran
ACL: Backstage gives viewers a truly immersive look into what goes on behind the Moody Theather stage doors – before the cameras start rolling and the lights go on. The idea is to transport people to these roped-off places and give them an intimate look at the inner workings of the show.
That’s what VR is really all about – immersing people in places they’d usually never get to go.”


Photo courtesy KLRU-TV/Austin City Limits. Photo by Scott Newton.

The first three episodes


The pilot episode of ACL: Backstage takes viewers behind the scenes with pop superstar Ed Sheeran for his second Austin City Limits performance. Since he first took the stage in 2014, his career has skyrocketed. Now, multiple Grammy wins and three platinum records later, Sheeran reflects on his hard-fought rise to the top of the charts. In Episode Two, three-time Grammy Award-winning artists Zac Brown Band make a stop along their 2017

Welcome Home Tour to grace the ACL stage for the first time. Viewers are invited to sit backstage with the tight-knit band as they chat about ACL’s rich history, and join them onstage for their lively show. And finally, Episode Three goes behind the scenes with the ACL crew and celebrates the Unsung Heroes that have worked hard to bring the show to life week after week for nearly half a century.

ACL: Backstage - Ed Sheeran Poster

Ed Sheeran by Andrew Vastagh.

ACL: Backstage - Zac Brown Band Poster

Zac Brown Band by Southern Reel.

ACL: Backstage - Unsung Heroes Poster

A conversation with Director Nathan Christ and Producer Ty Root.

ACL: Backstage - Google Daydream

How to watch


The first three episodes of ACL: Backstage are available for free on ACL’s YouTube channel, with several more to follow in the coming months. Viewers can watch via web, mobile, or for the best experience, with a Daydream View headset.

ACL: Backstage - Camera operator
ACL: Backstage - Behind the Scenes
ACL: Backstage - Guitar

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