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 its 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.