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Phoebe Bridgers' Austin City Limits set reportedly silenced by organizers for overrunning allotted time

Phoebe Bridgers
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Phoebe Bridgers had her set cut short at Austin City Limits over the weekend, reportedly by the festival's organizers.

New footage posted to social media shows the singer-songwriter wrapping up her performance with I Know The End – taken from 2020's Punisher – but the PA sound is silenced prior to the track's climax. “The audacity to cut it out at the best part,” one fan writes on Twitter.

The footage was shared in response to a Tweet by Bridgers, which reads simply, “Lol, fuck ACL.”

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“Holy shit, they cut your mic?! I would have taken a piss on the stage,” comments country singer-songwriter Margo Price.

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Despite the sound being cut, Bridgers played until the end of the song, though according to Setlist.fm, kicked over her mic stand in frustration before vacating the stage.

Thus far, Austin City Limits hasn't confirmed whether Bridgers' sound was purposefully cut, or if the incident was due to a technical fault.

If it is proven to be the former, it won't be the first instance in recent memory of an artist having their sound cut after overrunning their allotted time.

Last month, when Guns N' Roses were halfway through Paradise City, the closing track of their set at BottleRock Napa Valley for which they had recruited Foo Fighters Dave Grohl, their PA sound was muted by the festival's organizers

Unfazed, the band proceeded to finish their performance, with the collective roar of the audience helping to make up lost decibels.

Sam Roche

Sam is a Staff Writer at Guitar World, also creating content for Total Guitar, Guitarist and Guitar Player. He has well over 15 years of guitar playing under his belt, as well as a degree in Music Technology (Mixing and Mastering). He's a metalhead through and through, but has a thorough appreciation for all genres of music. In his spare time, Sam creates point-of-view guitar lesson videos on YouTube under the name Sightline Guitar.