Levitation 2018 to feature Slowdive, Black Angels, Ministry in Red River clubs

After taking a year off following a devastating cancellation in 2016, psychedelic music festival, Levitation (f.k.a. Austin Psych Fest) will return to Austin next year for its tenth anniversary over a four-day period from April 26-29. This time organizers are not gambling on the weather. They have taken the event “back to its roots” in Red River clubs. Venues include Stubb’s, The Mohawk, Barracuda, Empire Control Room, Cheer Up Charlies, Emo’s and more.

The Black Angels tape an episode of “Austin City Limits” on Tuesday, May 23, at ACL Live. Photo by Scott Newton Courtesy of KLRU-TV and Austin City Limits

On Thursday, festival organizers released the first round of artists and it’s a very solid roster. Dreamy English rockers Slowdive, doom metal band Electric Wizard and early industrial act Ministry will join local hosts, the Black Angels at the top of the bill. Tier two is also very strong with Brian Jonestown Massacre, Ty Segall, Panda Bear, Thee Oh Sees, Parquet Courts and Dan Deacon.

Survive, Golden Dawn Arkestra, A Giant Dog and Annabelle Chairlegs.

Phase two of the lineup will be released in early 2018.

Organizers say moving the fest to the clubs will provide a more intimate experience, with longer sets from headliners   They also promise pop-up events in nearby cafes, galleries and record stores and showcases and curated events with “like minded-folks” such as Margin Walker, Sacred Bones Records, Burger Records, Castle Face Records, BYM Records, Gorilla VS Bear, NRMAL, Desert Daze and Exploded Drawing.

Tickets for 15 different shows across six different venues have been released, along with a limited number of $400 deluxe weekend passes. Tickets and more info.

FULL LEVITATION 2018 PHASE 1 LINEUP

SLOWDIVE
THE BLACK ANGELS
ELECTRIC WIZARD
MINISTRY
THE BRIAN JONESTOWN MASSACRE
TY SEGALL
PANDA BEAR
THEE OH SEES
PARQUET COURTS
OM
S U R V I V E
CHELSEA WOLFE
DAN DEACON
BATHS
DEAD MEADOW
FÖLLAKZOID
WOODEN SHJIPS
WINDHAND
GEOLOGIST
THE GARDEN
LA LUZ
WAXAHATCHEE
HURRAY FOR THE RIFF RAFF
THE MEN
GOLDEN DAWN ARKESTRA
ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE
IMARHAN
RUBY THE HATCHET
OMNI
A GIANT DOG
STONEFIELD
MIEN
ANNABELLE CHAIRLEGS
BOTANY
AL LOVER
DALLAS ACID
VUELVETELOCA
PRETTIEST EYES
RISHI DHIR
LAKE OF FIRE

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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