Levitation updates: Fest issues statement; Carson Creek posts damage pics

Levitation Fest, the event formerly known as Austin Psych Fest, was cancelled last Thursday, when severe weather was predicted in eastern Travis County. On Saturday, Carson Creek Ranch, the riverside private property where the festival was scheduled to take place, confirmed the threat was real. Owners of the property posted photos of damage done to the grounds by violent storms that hit Saturday, later than expected but still serious.

“We are very sad that Levitation had to cancel but relieved that we did not have thousands of people out for the storm last night! It was very scary!” they wrote on the post accompanying 20 photos of toppled Porta Potties, wind-collapsed tents and saturated grounds.

Courtesy of Carson Creek Ranch
Courtesy of Carson Creek Ranch

“Tonight, we’re reflecting on a very difficult weekend. We now know that the right decision was made regarding everyone’s safety,” Levitation organizers said in an email sent late Sunday night.

While organizers said “the work picking up the pieces from the canceled 2016 festival is far from over” they assured fans there would be a “significant update” on refund information by the end of the day Monday. Levitation organizers said over the weekend, all tickets, camping passes and upgrades would be updated, but refunds might take up to 30 days to come through.

Earlier this weekend, the festival addressed widespread frustration over the way ticket sales were handled for a series of side shows booked in clubs with Levitation artists.

Tickets were sold online only and many were snapped up by folks who were not planning to attend the festival. Most of the shows sold out in a matter of minutes.

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Many more rapidly flowed onto the resale market.

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Fans were justifiably upset.

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We have reached out to Levitation organizers for a deeper conversation about the fest’s cancellation and the club shows.

 

Scene reports:

Rescheduled Levitation shows: Animal Collective, Brian Jonestown Massacre, more

Update: 3:25 p.m. Levitation has released the list of rescheduled shows for this weekend. Levitation wristbands will not be honored at any of these shows. Tickets to all shows are $5 and proceeds will go to flood relief in Texas via the Austin Relief Alliance Fund. Tickets went on sale online only and many rapidly sold out.

The Levitation site link for ticket sales and full list of shows has been down pretty much since it was posted. Looks like for now at least the best way to find tickets it to follow the direct sales links the fest has tweeted out.

Friday

  • Slowdive, Brian Jonestown Massacre, Twin Peaks at the Scoot Inn
  • The Arcs, Chicano Batman, La Luz at the Mohawk
  • Uncle Acid, Dungen, Boogarins, Purson at Empire outside
  • Foot Patrol Prince tribute, Imarhan, Nots, Gourisankar, Klaus Johan Grobe at Empire inside
  • Holy Wave, the Reputations, Hi and the Hometeam, Corvette Summer, 1991-VG at Hotel Vegas
  • Weather Warlock (supergroup) at Barracuda (free show)

Saturday

  • Sleep, Sunn, Boris at the Mohawk
  • Black Angels, Allah Lahs, Heron Oblivion, Mild High Club at Scoot Inn
  • Barracuda day show with King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard and more
  • Animal Collective at Emo’s (sold out)

Sunday

  • Caribou, Bayonne at the Mohawk
  • TBD,  King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard and more at Barracuda

There are currently no replacement shows for the following notable Levitation artists. They appear to have cancelled their Levitation appearances:

  • Brian Wilson
  • Ween
  • Flying Lotus
  • Courtney Barnett
  • Lee “Scratch” Perry
  • Oneohtrix Point Never
  • Parquet Courts
  • Shabazz Palaces

Levitation Fest 2016: What we know


 

The ninth annual Levitation Fest, scheduled to happen this weekend at Carson Creek Ranch has been cancelled due to severe weather predicted to hit the Austin area this afternoon. Here’s what we know right now.

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Refunds will be issued. Unfortunately they might take a few weeks to process.

From the fest: Festival representatives will be issuing refunds through Front Gate Tickets, and contacting all those who purchased tickets by email shortly. All ticket types, including Weekend Passes, Deluxe Passes, Single Day Tickets, Camping Passes, Camping Rentals and RV spots will be refunded. Due to the nature of the refund process, these refunds will not be instant, but will be made within 30 days. We are working to expedite that process and will keep customers updated. We are working with our insurance company to develop a definitive timeline and will be in touch as soon as we have more information.

Festival organizers are trying to book as many shows as possible into local venuesWe expect to start seeing announcements soon. Levitation wristbands will not be honored at any of the club shows. “These shows will be subject to capacity and tickets will need to be purchased separately, pursuant to each individual venue’s ticketing procedures,” the fest’s website says.

So far the only confirmed show announcement is Animal Collective at Emo’s tomorrow night. Ten dollar tickets are on sale now. We are keeping track of all the latest show announcements here.

At least a few of the fest’s big names are in town and hoping to play. 

And it looks like this one might be happening. 

The decision to cancel the festival was made by Travis County officials and not festival organizers. 

Many fans who traveled for the fest are bummed.

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Levitation canceled; refunds will be issued

Levitation Fest, scheduled for Friday through Sunday at Carson Creek Ranch, announced late Thursday afternoon that the festival has been canceled. The official statement:

“It is with great sadness that we must report that due to safety concerns regarding dangerous weather, Levitation 2016 has been cancelled. This decision is heartbreaking, but it’s a decision officials have made for the safety of festival attendees, and safety is our first priority. The festival will be issuing refunds for tickets and passes. See the website at levitation-austin.com for more info.”

Scheduled performers included Brian Wilson, Courtney Barnett, the Thurston Moore Band, Lee “Scratch” Perry and dozens of others.

UPDATE: The full statement on the Levitation website, which has been only intermittently accessible since the initial announcement, reads:

Due to safety concerns regarding dangerous weather, Levitation 2016 has been cancelled. This decision is heartbreaking, but it’s a decision officials have made for the safety of festival attendees, and safety is our first priority.

We’ve been working with county officials trying to find a way to carry on, but at this point the decision has been made, and it is beyond our control. The cancellation is due to dangerous weather conditions in the forecast combined with weather complications to the grounds and the Colorado River.

We are completely devastated. We have been working for a year, looking forward to this weekend and seeing you all at the ranch. We know that many of you traveled from far away, and that this news is extremely disappointing for everyone.

At this point, the projected impact of the storms has intensified, and we are now left with no choice but to cancel. You may remember that in 2015 we had severe weather warnings as well, but were able to get through the weekend. The difference between 2015 and 2016 is the severity of the storms being predicted, including high wind, large hail and tornado warnings, combined with high water levels from last week’s flooding.

We have tried every avenue to continue with the festival, and the county has been working with us to find a way, but today at 5:00pm the final decision was made to cancel the festival due to public safety concerns related to severe weather. Following this announcement, the festival has to evacuate the site, meaning that staff and equipment must be loaded out. This leaves us with no opportunity to continue the festival later in the weekend. Even if the weather has improved drastically on Sunday, we would be unable to produce an event at the ranch.

We will be working to keep everyone updated. Please see information on refunds, potential venue shows and other important info below.

sincerely,
The Reverberation Appreciation Society and the LEVITATION staff

Plans are apparently in the works to try to relocate some of the performances, per a tweet from the Levitation Twitter account:

Elevate your musical mind at Levitation this weekend

Levitation 2015.  Erika Rich for American-Statesman
Levitation 2015. Erika Rich for American-Statesman

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.

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

Courtney Barnett, Ween, more added to Levitation lineup

 

Courtney Barnett, shown here at Fun Fun Fun Fest, will perform at a Tumblr IRL party. Photo by Erika Rich.
Courtney Barnett will perform at Levitation. 2014 photo by Erika Rich for American-Statesman

Australian rocker Courtney Barnett is the big new addition to the Levitation roster with today’s release of daily lineups and single-day tickets, which are now on sale at the festival’s website. The event, formerly known as Psych Fest, runs April 29-May 1 at Carson Creek Ranch.

Barnett, who’s up for Best New Artist at the Grammys in two weeks, is coming off a breakthrough year that included Austin appearances at South By Southwest, where she won the festival’s Grulke Prize for Developing Non-U.S. Act, and a taping of “Austin City Limits.” In 2014, she was a major hit at Fun Fun Fun Fest.

Other acts added include ’90s oddball rockers Ween; the Arcs, a side-project band of Black Keys mastermind Dan Auerbach; David J & the Gentleman Thieves, featuring the former member of Love & Rockets and Bauhaus; and ethereal French pop act Melody’s Echo Chamber. Notable local additions include Golden Dawn Arkestra, Roger Sellers’ Bayonne and Christian Bland & the Revelators. The handful of new names supplement the longer list of previously announced performers, including Brian Wilson, Animal Collective, Lee Scratch Perry and fest hosts the Black Angels.

Single-day tickets are $75; a pass for all three days is $185. Here’s the day-by-day lineup:

Friday, April 29

SLOWDIVE • FLYING LOTUS • THE ARCS • THE BRIAN JONESTOWN MASSACRE • NICOLAS JAAR  • DUNGEN • ONEOHTRIX POINT NEVER • UNCLE ACID & THE DEADBEATS • SHABAZZ PALACES • BOOGARINS  • TWIN PEAKS  • LA LUZ  • PURSON  • HOLY WAVE  • MILD HIGH CLUB  • IMARHAN • HOLY WAVE • WALL OF DEATH • CHRISTIAN BLAND & THE REVELATORS • THE GOLDEN DAWN ARKESTRA • FANTASMES • KLAUS JOHANN GROBE

Saturday, April 30

BRIAN WILSON PERFORMING PET SOUNDS • ANIMAL COLLECTIVE • COURTNEY BARNETT • SLEEP • THE BLACK ANGELS • SUNN O))) • BORIS • THE THURSTON MOORE GROUP • BLACK MOUNTAIN • PARQUET COURTS • WOODS • LEE RANALDO • DAVID J & THE GENTLEMEN THIEVES • HERON OBLIVION • ISRAEL NASH • ASTEROID #4 • NOTS • ULTIMATE PAINTING • BAYONNE • LA MECANICA POPULAR • FEDERALE • KAITLYN AURELIA SMITH • FLAVOR CRYSTALS

Sunday, May 1

WEEN • CARIBOU • SUPER FURRY ANIMALS • LEE SCRATCH PERRY • TY SEGALL & THE MUGGERS • ROYAL TRUX • MELODY’S ECHO CHAMBER • ALLAH LAS • KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD • CHICANO BATMAN • THE MURLOCS • DELICATE STEVE • QURAISHI • WALL OF DEATH • MAGIC WANDS • PROMISED LAND SOUND • BLONDI’S SALVATION • JJUUJJUU • CELLAR DOORS