Levitation Fest, the event formerly known as Austin Psych Fest, was cancelled last Thursday, when severe weather was predicted in eastern Travis County. On Saturday, Carson Creek Ranch, the riverside private property where the festival was scheduled to take place, confirmed the threat was real. Owners of the property posted photos of damage done to the grounds by violent storms that hit Saturday, later than expected but still serious.
“We are very sad that Levitation had to cancel but relieved that we did not have thousands of people out for the storm last night! It was very scary!” they wrote on the post accompanying 20 photos of toppled Porta Potties, wind-collapsed tents and saturated grounds.
“Tonight, we’re reflecting on a very difficult weekend. We now know that the right decision was made regarding everyone’s safety,” Levitation organizers said in an email sent late Sunday night.
While organizers said “the work picking up the pieces from the canceled 2016 festival is far from over” they assured fans there would be a “significant update” on refund information by the end of the day Monday. Levitation organizers said over the weekend, all tickets, camping passes and upgrades would be updated, but refunds might take up to 30 days to come through.
Earlier this weekend, the festival addressed widespread frustration over the way ticket sales were handled for a series of side shows booked in clubs with Levitation artists.
Tickets were sold online only and many were snapped up by folks who were not planning to attend the festival. Most of the shows sold out in a matter of minutes.
Many more rapidly flowed onto the resale market.
Fans were justifiably upset.
We have reached out to Levitation organizers for a deeper conversation about the fest’s cancellation and the club shows.