LEVITATION 2018, photo by Clemens Mitscher
LEVITATION : NOV 7-10, 2019
LEVITATION 2018 was held across multiple venues in the Red River District and East Side of downtown Austin, TX. With over 30 shows at venues ranging from intimate clubs to Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheatre, LEVITATION brought over 60 acts and ten thousand fans from around the world to Austin’s world renowned music venues.
The 2019 edition will expand upon and improve the downtown format, curating another epic weekend for the event’s 11th year in Austin, TX.
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LEVITATION 2018 PRESS
“celebrates all things noise, goth, metal, experimental, and psychotropic” PITCHFORK
“one of the best boutique festivals in the country…adventurous and well-curated” THE AUSTIN AMERICAN STATESMAN
“The decade-old fest helped catalyze a psychedelic revival” THE AUSTIN CHRONICLE
“Triumphant Return…one of America’s most promising rising festivals…” UPROXX
“It’s a festival every music lover needs to experience” TIME OUT AUSTIN
“massive four-day talent pile-on” REVOLVER
“impressive lineup” STEREOGUM
“Not only did 2018 see the festival’s ten year anniversary, but the clear revival of a community waiting patiently during their respite.” DROWNED IN SOUND
“the internationally acclaimed event is burning brighter than ever” KUTX
“psych extravaganza…we were promised a ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ lineup and that is exactly what we have been given” TINY MIX TAPES
“an experimental paradise” DANCING ASTRONAUT
“the festival left us suspended in euphoria on invisible waves of sound” AUSTIN MONTHLY
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Founded in 2008 as Austin Psych Fest, by members of The Black Angels and friends, the independent event has sparked a movement, inspiring the creation of 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.
LEVITATION returned to its downtown Austin roots in 2018 – creating a walkable, intimate and community-focused event that showcases the city’s world renowned music venues. Following up a massive weekend of sold-out shows in 2018, LEVITATION 2019 will expand and further explore the possibilities and creative opportunities in Austin’s diverse Red River District and East Side venues and art spaces.
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 its 6th year in September 2018, in Angers, FR – the largest event of it’s kind in Europe. 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 2019 unfold, along with upcoming events in Austin including LEVITATION’s 8th annual SXSW event.