In its ninth year, the rapidly growing event formerly known as Austin Psych Fest continues to push boundaries beyond what we think of as psychedelic music. Hosted by Austin’s Black Angels, this year’s highly curated lineup includes legends of sonic experimentation (Brian Wilson, Lee “Scratch” Perry) alongside modern musical adventurers (Animal Collective, Flying Lotus).
For years, the festival remained under the radar at home, while attracting significant interest abroad. The percentage of Texans on the ground has grown steadily in recent years (the fest nearly doubled attendance and ticket sales in 2015), but there are still hundreds of music fanatics who travel from around the world to attend. On-site camping is available and two tents in the campground offer special workshops and late night programming for campers.Our music picks for Levitation 2016Roger Sellers brings astounding electronic symphonics to Levitation. Plus more Levitation locals.
Fest information: $75 for a one-day pass, $185 for three days. Kids 13 and younger free. Gates at noon Friday-Sunday. Carson Creek Ranch, 9507 Sherman Road. levitation-austin.com