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Levitation 2018 to feature Slowdive, Black Angels, Ministry in Red River clubs

Staff Writer
Austin 360

After taking a year off following a devastating cancellation in 2016, psychedelic music festival, Levitation (f.k.a. Austin Psych Fest) will return to Austin next year for its tenth anniversary over a four-day period from April 26-29. This time organizers are not gambling on the weather. They have taken the event “back to its roots” in Red River clubs. Venues include Stubb’s, The Mohawk, Barracuda, Empire Control Room, Cheer Up Charlies, Emo’s and more.

On Thursday, festival organizers released the first round of artists and it’s a very solid roster. Dreamy English rockers Slowdive, doom metal band Electric Wizard and early industrial act Ministry will join local hosts, the Black Angels at the top of the bill. Tier two is also very strong with  Brian Jonestown Massacre, Ty Segall, Panda Bear, Thee Oh Sees, Parquet Courts and Dan Deacon.

Survive, Golden Dawn Arkestra, A Giant Dog and Annabelle Chairlegs.

Phase two of the lineup will be released in early 2018.

Organizers say moving the fest to the clubs will provide a more intimate experience, with longer sets from headliners   They also promise pop-up events in nearby cafes, galleries and record stores and showcases and curated events with “like minded-folks” such as Margin Walker, Sacred Bones Records, Burger Records, Castle Face Records, BYM Records, Gorilla VS Bear, NRMAL, Desert Daze and Exploded Drawing.

Tickets for 15 different shows across six different venues have been released, along with a limited number of $400 deluxe weekend passes. Tickets and more info.

FULL LEVITATION 2018 PHASE 1 LINEUP

SLOWDIVE

THE BLACK ANGELS

ELECTRIC WIZARD

MINISTRY

THE BRIAN JONESTOWN MASSACRE

TY SEGALL

PANDA BEAR

THEE OH SEES

PARQUET COURTS

OM

S U R V I V E

CHELSEA WOLFE

DAN DEACON

BATHS

DEAD MEADOW

FÖLLAKZOID

WOODEN SHJIPS

WINDHAND

GEOLOGIST

THE GARDEN

LA LUZ

WAXAHATCHEE

HURRAY FOR THE RIFF RAFF

THE MEN

GOLDEN DAWN ARKESTRA

ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE

IMARHAN

RUBY THE HATCHET

OMNI

A GIANT DOG

STONEFIELD

MIEN

ANNABELLE CHAIRLEGS

BOTANY

AL LOVER

DALLAS ACID

VUELVETELOCA

PRETTIEST EYES

RISHI DHIR

LAKE OF FIRE