Solstice Festival took root in Austin two years ago, when local software company Solstice Live programmed a day of free music around Austin as part of the World Music Day, an annual celebration in over 100 countries on five continents that takes place each year on the summer solstice.
Last year, the fest expanded, presenting a two-stage, day long program at Pan Am Park in East Austin. They will return to that location on June 18, 2016 with a top-notch, cross-genre selection of Austin artists including chamber pop outfit Mother Falcon, avant-jazz weirdos Golden Dawn Arkestra, art-pop act Black and White Years, driving rock band Megafauna and hip-hop standouts Riders Against the Storm, Sip Sip and Zeale. The festival will also host club shows at venues around town including the Mohawk, Stay Gold, Empire Control Room, Vulcan Gas Company and the Scoot Inn.
The biggest change to this year’s event is that it’s no longer free. Early-bird wristbands that include entry to the day-long event at Pan Am Park and all the club shows are currently on sale for $22.09. Kids 12 and under are free with a paying adult.
Solstice Festival lineup:Mother FalconGolden Dawn ArkestraBlack and White YearsMegafaunaZealeRiders Against the StormHard ProofHenry and the InvisiblesYoung TongueBlue HealerHeye MIndsThe BishopsSip SipMama k and the ShadesLou RebeccaDancinatra