Festival Preview: Levitation 2015

Colette Pomerleau / May 3, 2015

This weekend, Austin hosts its own psych fest at the Carson Creek Ranch for another destined-to-be-memorable weekend. We were lucky enough to experience it last year. Here we are again, ready to evolve and re-experience what it’s like to be human and enjoy living in this crazy sphere of the universe.

With Levitation, there’s something different that sets it apart from the rest of the party buzz/ongoing and consistent festivals going on in all parts of the world. The atmosphere is one to take notice of immediately.

The community that exists within the small microcosm the weekend this festival takes place is open, fun and without much expectation. What began seven years ago as a single day event has expanded into this weekend ordeal with over 4,000 attendees in 2013 alone. That number might scare you. Think of it as 4,000 of the loveliest strangers you’d prefer to hang out with outside for a weekend.

Everything begins with the kick off parties hosted at the Mohawk and Red 7.


The music focus is directly involving psychedelic, garage, surf and all relevant sister genres. Friday’s lineup features Tame Impala, DIIV, White Fence, Mr. Elevator & the Brain Hotel, Holy Wave, the Soft Moon and Spiritualized.

Saturday takes it even further and we’re stoked to see the Jesus and Mary Chain, Thee Oh Sees, Earth, Night Beats, Ex-Cult, Mystic Braves, and Tamaryn.

Sunday night concludes with 13th Floor Elevators, Mac DeMarco, Melody’s Echo Chamber, Fuzz, Portland’s own Eternal Tapestry and so many more

The vendors seem to be chosen very carefully, with a satisfying selection of food, beverages, clothing, art, etc etc. It was nice drinking kale margaritas that didn’t put a dent in the extreme festival budget and purchasing interesting button ups without any fraying. The Reverberation Appreciation Society sets up a nice little shop full of amazing music to purchase and browse through.

To give you an even better idea, the video below is an in-depth film recently released to cover last year’s festival. Check it out.

Passes are still available here, for some reason.

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