Levitation 2018 will take over Austin clubs; Ty Segall, Parquet Courts show announced

Earlier this month, festival organizers teased a return of Levitation to Austin on April 26-28, 2018.

Today, with the announcement of a triple power-bill club show featuring Ty Segall, Parquet Courts and a Giant Dog at Stubb’s BBQ on April 26, they revealed the the cult favorite event, formerly known as Austin Psych Fest, is moving to Downtown Austin.

Jay Janner/American-Statesman – Austin Brown of the Brooklyn band Parquet Courts performs at the Pitchfork Party during SXSW 2013

The psychedelic music festival founded by members of the Black Angels and their friends, was quietly growing into one of the best boutique festivals in the country, when a 2016 spring storm washed out the Austin edition of the festival at Carson Creek Ranch before the gates even opened.

The festival’s problems were compounded when refunds to ticket-holders took much longer to process than expected and two companies who worked on the 2016 event, a Fort Worth-based food service company and local production partner Transmission Entertainment, filed suit against festival organizers.

Looks like fest organizers are mitigating the possibility of future flooding by taking the fest into the Red River Music District’s convenient cluster of established venues.

Presumably more club shows will be added, possibly with a wristband option, but for now early bird tickets to the April 26 show are available for $32.50.

Author: Deborah Sengupta Stith

Deborah Sengupta Stith has been hanging out in dimly lit corners of the city soaking in the music scene for almost 20 years. Twitter: @deborific

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