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Levitation celebrates 10 groundbreaking years with its return to downtown Austin, TX for 2018. For the past ten years, the independent gathering has grown from a small word-of-mouth event to an internationally acclaimed, full weekend destination — offering once-in-a-lifetime lineups with programming spanning continents and decades.
2018 PHASE ONE LINEUP RELEASE:
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
& MANY MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED!
Levitation takes over Austin’s Red River District on Thursday, April 26 through Sunday, April 29. Venues include Stubb’s, The Mohawk, Barracuda, Empire Control Room, Cheer Up Charlies, Emo’s and more. 2018 will utilize the Austin clubs that have helped cultivate the city’s unique and legendary music scene – bringing a more intimate experience, with longer sets from headliners alongside all the conveniences of the city. The programming will also include pop-up events in nearby cafes, galleries, record stores and more to be announced….
Tickets for 15 different shows across 6 different venues have been released, along with a limited number of Deluxe Weekend Passes.
The weekend features 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, Exploded Drawing along with more presenters and collaborators to be announced. Additional shows, headliners, and event details will be released in a PHASE 2 lineup release in early 2018.
Tickets and info: levitation-austin.com
Founded in 2008 as Austin Psych Fest, by members of The Black Angels and friends, the independent event grew from a small word-of-mouth event to an internationally acclaimed, full weekend destination. Through the years, they helped spark a movement, inspiring the creation of Psych Fests and similar events across the globe. Austin Psych Fest was renamed Levitation in honor of Austin’s psychedelic rock pioneers The 13th Floor Elevators, who reunited and performed at Levitation 2015 for the band’s 50th anniversary.
2016 was heralded by press and fans alike to be another landmark year for Levitation, until severe weather resulted in the cancellation of the 3 day weekend at the ranch, and a rapidly rescheduled weekend of club shows in downtown Austin. The cancellation also resulted in financial devastation of the independent group, and the postponement of the 2017 event in Austin. The founders took a year to restructure and find a way to move forward. Levitation returns in 2018, continuing the vision that launched the event in 2008.
In addition to the flagship event in Austin, the group has curated Levitation events in France, Chicago and Vancouver, along with ongoing events in Austin and special events and showcases at Mexico City’s NRMAL, The Netherlands’ Le Guess Who, and a massive annual Levitation showcase at SXSW. Levitation France celebrated it’s 5th year in September 2017, at Le Quai in Angers, FR with sold out crowds. Since 2010, The Reverberation Appreciation Society record label has released records by key bands in the psych and garage rock scene like Night Beats, Holy Wave, Ringo Deathstarr and many more – with new releases on the horizon.
Stay tuned as full details for 2018 unfold, along with upcoming events in Austin including Levitation’s 7th annual SXSW event.
Visit levitation-austin.com for full details + news and updates on Levitation 2018.
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