Levitation Fest organizers send Austin a save-the-date message

Levitation Fest organizers are preparing to return to Austin in 2018.  A .GIF released on the festival’s social media accounts announced the dates and a note on the fest’s website now says: “Levitation returns to Austin, Texas April 26-29, 2018.”

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.

The Jesus and Mary Chain play Levitation Fest 2015. Erika Rich For American-Statesman

Festival organizers decided to skip 2017 in Austin, saying they were taking a year off, with plans to relaunch in 2018. “With more time we can present the best festival without compromises,” they said at the time, in a post on the event’s Facebook page.

While Levitation Austin didn’t happen this year, the brand has continued to expand its reach with splinter events across the country and around the world. Levitation France, featuring the Black Angels and Slowdive, is scheduled to kick off on Sept. 16 in Angers, France. 


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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