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.
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.
FULL LEVITATION 2018 PHASE 1 LINEUP
THE BLACK ANGELS
THE BRIAN JONESTOWN MASSACRE
THEE OH SEES
S U R V I V E
HURRAY FOR THE RIFF RAFF
GOLDEN DAWN ARKESTRA
ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE
RUBY THE HATCHET
A GIANT DOG
LAKE OF FIRE