Levitation Fest will not return to Austin in 2017

Jesus and Mary Chain play Levitation Fest 2015. Erika Rich For American-Statesman

Jesus and Mary Chain play Levitation Fest 2015. Erika Rich For American-Statesman

Levitation, the festival formerly known as Austin Psych Fest and co-founded by members of the Black Angels, will not return to Austin in 2017, organizers announced via the festival’s social media channels this morning.

“After much deliberation and consultation, we have decided not to hold Levitation in 2017. We are taking a year off to relaunch in 2018,” organizers said in a post on the festival’s Facebook page. “While this wasn’t an easy decision to make, with more time we can present the best festival without compromises.”

The ninth annual Levitation Festival, scheduled to kick off at Carson Creek Ranch on April 29, was canceled due to heavy rains and flooding in the area.

The event had a strong reputation as an international destination festival and many music fans who traveled from overseas to camp at the fest were caught stranded when the fest was canceled. Following the cancellation, refunds for festival ticket-holders took longer than expected to process.

Organizers are also facing two lawsuits related to this year’s canceled fest.

But the tone in the Facebook post was optimistic, underlining organizers’ intent to relaunch in 2018.

“We’ve had the privilege and honor for the last decade to host the Psych community and our favorite artists, coming together from all over the world. We look forward to seeing you at Levitation 2018!” it read.

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