Amy Corbin has been pursuing Stevie Wonder for years. He’s been on a shortlist, alongside Bruce Springsteen and Radiohead, of acts she has long hoped would agree to headline the Austin City Limits Music Festival. This year Corbin got her man. Wonder, Coldplay and Arcade Fire are among the 130 acts that will draw 75,000 people each day next weekend to Austin’s Zilker Park for the three-day festival’s 10th anniversary.
As the festival’s senior promoter, Corbin spends seven months, starting in October, handpicking, negotiating for, and, ultimately, booking the headliners and the rest of the bill. It’s a dream gig for anybody who spent a semester in college booking the student union, but it can also be stressful.
“Most of the year, every phone call is like asking somebody out on a date,” said 32-year-old Corbin, who has been with C3 Presents, an Austin-based concert promotion and