Colorado-based electronic music DJ and producer Derek Vincent Smith a.k.a. Pretty Lights has been tapped to headline Euphoria Festival 2015. In its fourth year, and the second within Austin’s city limits at Carson Creek Ranch, Euphoria Fest is expanding to three days, April 10-12, 2015.
When we talked to festival co-founder Mitch Morales before last year’s event, he described the festival’s format as “jamtronica,” a mixture of electronica artists and jam bands. The crowd for Euphoria Fest is young, most attendees are 18-25 and very few are over 30. The common thread Morales sees in his audiences is that everyone is searching for some sort of connection. “Maybe they’re in a small town. Maybe they have limited means, but they’re looking for something outside of themselves,” he said.
As far as mind-expanding EDM headliners go, it doesn’t get much better than Pretty Lights. The former Austin City Limits Music Festival artist uses a pallet of hip-hop samples, distorted noise and orchestral swells to craft complex compositions. His album unfold as beautiful journeys through rich soundscapes.
Last year, organizers say Euphoria Fest’s attendance was 10,000 over two days. If the rest of the lineup lives up to the lead artist, we can expect the fest to see significant growth in 2015. Three-day tickets to Euphoria Festival are on sale for $199 plus fees and camping options start at $60. Euphoria Festival is an 18 and up event, and for anyone who wants to dismiss the event as a drug-fueled rave it’s worth noting the bag search at the gate during the 2014 festival was the most rigorous I’ve ever seen at an Austin event.